DIY vs. Professional Rodent Control In Boston

December 16, 2021

People across the country are cinching their belts as finances get tighter, and with how strained bank accounts are these days, more people are turning to DIY pest control remedies. This may be a good solution for someone who's had experience with pest control, but most homeowners would be going in blind, and attempting your own pest control with dangerous pests like rodents can get very risky. Rodents can create an incredibly harmful environment in homes and businesses though, so it's not surprising that home and business owners all over Boston will do anything to get rid of them.

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Rodents In Boston And The Dangers They Pose

There are over 2,000 different species of animals belonging to the order Rodentia, comprising nearly half of all mammalian species on Earth, but the only two kinds of rodents that Boston homeowners have to worry about are mice and rats. Depending on the species, mice can range between two to five inches in length, tail not included, with fur color that can be gray, light brown, tawny brown, or dark brown. On the other hand, rats are roughly six to ten inches in length without their tails, and lean more on the darker side as far as fur color – dark brown and black are the most common colors you'll see on them.

Mice and rats are dangerous pests for many reasons, from their destructive nature to their proficiency in spreading diseases. They have strong incisors that continuously grow throughout their lives, which are both a blessing and a curse – they can chew through all kinds of materials, even metal, but they have to keep chewing to maintain dental health. They're also incredibly prolific, reaching sexual maturity within weeks of birth and capable of having litters multiple times a year. Only a few rodents can multiply into hundreds within only a year, turning your Boston home into a cesspool of harmful pathogens:

  • Plague
  • Salmonella
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Hantavirus
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Listeria
  • Tularemia
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

How Effective Would DIY Rodent Control Be For My Boston Home?

The internet is full of blogs about supposedly fool-proof rodent extermination and prevention methods that anyone could implement in their home, but there are a lot of downsides that these opinion pieces don't mention. DIY extermination can be dangerous, unreliable, and make infestations in your Boston home a lot worse:

  • Essential oils as deterrents – not nearly as effective as claimed and can make animals and children very sick
  • Mothballs as deterrents – not potent enough to deter rodents unless you use a lot of them, which could also make you sick
  • Rat/mouse poison – doesn't kill the whole infestation, rodents either die within your home and decompose or leave the house and get eaten, poison left lying around could get ingested by pets and children
  • Rat/mouse traps – don't eliminate the entire infestation, the latch doesn't always release, and bait left on traps can attract other pests
  • Electronic sound frequency rodent deterrents – will only deter them for a short amount of time until they get used to the noise

The Most Effective Solution To Rodent Infestations In Boston

Everyone likes to save money when they can, but when it comes to dangerous pest infestations, it's always worth hiring professionals instead of attempting extermination on your own. It may seem like saving some extra cash at first, but multiple ineffective solutions always end up costing more in the long run, and that doesn't even include repairs for structural damage. Instead of taking chances with your health and Boston home, call the pros at Urbanex for help.

We know your top priority is the health and safety of your home and family, but pests can make that difficult to obtain. That's why we're always dedicated to complete satisfaction with our treatments, using high-quality pest control products that are safe for pets and families, providing thorough inspections and treatments, and even offering a money-back guarantee and unlimited re-treatments if pests come back after we've treated your home. You deserve to feel safe in your own home, so give us a call today and let us make that a reality for you.

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