Prelude to a Big Bang
In May 2023 we were inspecting a property on Bowen Island. When we removed the cover plate on the electrical panel, the bottom of the enclosure was filled with rodent droppings. We never want to see this, especially inside an electrical panel. It was only a matter of time to a big bang and a costly power outage.
Rodent Infestation Risks
A rodent infestation in a home can be a serious problem that requires immediate attention. Rats, mice, and other rodents can cause damage to the structure of a home by gnawing on wires, pipes, and insulation. This can lead to fires, water damage, and other costly repairs.
Rodents can also carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans through their droppings, urine, and saliva. These diseases can be serious and potentially life-threatening, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis.
In addition to the health risks and damage to the home, a rodent infestation can also be a nuisance. Rodents can make noise at night, leave behind unpleasant odors, and cause anxiety and stress for homeowners.
If you suspect a rodent infestation in your home, it is important to take action immediately. Contact a pest control professional to identify the extent of the infestation and develop a plan for eliminating the rodents and preventing future infestations.
Cost of Rodent Control
The cost of getting rid of a rodent infestation in a house can vary depending on several factors such as the severity of the infestation, the type of rodents involved, the size of the house, and the methods used to eliminate the rodents.
Some common methods of rodent control include using traps, poison baits, or hiring a professional exterminator to use more specialized methods.
The cost of do-it-yourself methods such as traps and poison baits can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars depending on the quantity and quality of the product used. However, it’s worth noting that DIY methods may not be as effective as professional extermination services, and the risk of harm to pets or humans is higher.
Hiring a professional exterminator can be more expensive but also more effective. The cost can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on the extent of the infestation, the type of rodents involved, and the methods used.
It’s important to note that simply getting rid of the rodents is not enough. Sanitation and sealing up entry points to prevent re-infestation are also necessary steps that can add to the overall cost of rodent control.
In summary, the cost of getting rid of a rodent infestation in a house can vary widely depending on the severity of the infestation and the methods used. It’s recommended to consult with a professional exterminator to determine the most effective and safe approach for your situation.