How to Safely Get Rid of Rodents

Whether you live in the country or a big city, chances are you’ve dealt with rodents for a time or two. These little critters may be cute, but they are a huge health risk to you and your loved ones, and they need to go. There are more than a few methods of getting rid of rodents. This article will focus on the more eco-friendly methods how to get rid of rodents around your house.

Poison should never be used since it is too dangerous, especially if you have children or pets. Rodents that eat this poison usually don’t die immediately and end up expiring in your walls or hard-to-find places. The stench can be unbearable and take weeks, if not months, to dissipate.

How do rodents enter homes?

When thinking about how to get rid of rodents in your house, you should start by figuring out how they got there in the first place. You can get rid of rodents by yourself or by calling a professional, but the best way to keep them away is to stop them from coming in the first place.

What harm can mice cause to humans?

Rats and mice can bring diseases into your home that can spread to humans and make allergies and asthma worse. Not only do they spread disease, but the urine and droppings of mice and rats can also contain harmful pathogens. So, it’s important to take care of rat and mouse problems quickly.

What gets rid of rodents naturally?

Instead of using harmful chemicals, let’s talk about other ways to get rid of rodents naturally that are just as effective.

The first is the live trap, a favorite among those who cannot come to terms with dealing death to small creatures. Keep in mind that there are some health risks involved with these traps since you will be able to breathe in the fumes or dust from their excretions. Still, if you simply cannot kill them, this is a humane way of getting rid of rodents.

You’ll need to place your live trap in an area frequented by rodents, and then you’ll need to check it often. There’s no point in going to the trouble of trapping them alive if you let them starve to death. However, remember that once you have one rodent in there, it’s a lot easier to attract others.

Never leave them in there alive for more than two days. Once your trap is full, you can take it to a wooded area or open space and release them. Never release them too close to your home since they’ll just move right back in.

If you don’t want to handle live rodents (and not many people do), numerous different kinds of traps can be used. Glue traps are common but not recommended. They are actually pretty cruel, and family pets often end up trapped in them. It can take days for the rodent to die a very painful death in a glue trap, or they may chew off their own limbs to escape. Not pretty. This leaves quick death traps, which are highly recommended and the safest to use.

The simple smack ’em on the neck traps are the cheapest and work very well with the right bait. You’ll still have to handle the dead mouse, though, and there is the potential for spreading disease. The best trap is the type that looks like a live trap but will electrocute the rodent as soon as it enters. This is the quickest and most pain-free death for the rodent, and you don’t have to touch the body to dispose of it.

How much does it cost to get rid of rodents?

The average cost of rodent pest control is between $300 and $550. A full-service extermination visit includes top pest control professionals who set traps, leave bait, and look for and seal any possible entry points. But if there were a lot of mice, it could easily cost twice as much since the problem would need to be fixed more than once.

Rodents may be cute, but they are also deadly. If you’ve got an infestation, taking care of it immediately is vital.

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Ben White has written thousands of articles on everything home improvement. He has had the privilege of writing for such websites as the Huffington Post, DeWalt,, HGTV, and many others.

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