Is DIY Rodent Control Hard To Execute In Tampa?

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The Tampa area is beautiful, but it has its share of problems. One of the biggest issues we have is rodents. If you've had a mouse in your home or business, then you know how annoying these little creatures can be. DIY rodent control can be overwhelming if you don't know what you're doing. Fortunately, there's an easy solution. Using professional Tampa pest control services can solve the problem.

How To Identify Common Types Of Rodents In Tampa

Did you know that there are over a thousand different types of rodents worldwide? Although most people think only about rats and mice when they hear the word "rodent," many other types exist. Here are some common rodents in Tampa:

  • House mouse - House mice are approximately two inches long, with brown fur on their back and white fur on their belly. They have small ears, short tails, and large eyes.
  • Norway rat - Norway rats are slightly larger than house mice, with brown fur on their back and white fur on their belly. They have large ears and tails, reaching up to six inches long.
  • Roof rat - Roof rats are similar in size to Norway rats but have more pointed noses and longer tails.
  • Mole - Moles are small, with fur that's brown or gray. They have short tails and large front teeth to break up soil while burrowing.

It can be hard to tell what kind of rodent has invaded your property because their behavior is similar across all species. They're all nocturnal and tend to stay hidden during the day. They'll eat anything they can find and carry off, including pet food left in bowls. 

How Rodents Create Damage And Spread Disease

Rodents can cause significant damage to property. They gnaw on wood beams and foundations, making it more likely that you'll have a structural problem in your home. Rodents also eat everything from clothing to books to food. If they chew through electrical wiring or their droppings build up anywhere in your home, you risk fire hazards and pest infestations.

All kinds of rodents will spread disease through their saliva and urine. They can carry rabies, hantavirus, and other diseases they can transmit to humans. They also carry mites that can cause allergic reactions (including asthma attacks) and may be dangerous to small children or the elderly.

Why Do-It-Yourself Rodent Control Usually Fails

DIY rodent control can be a difficult process to execute. If you don't know what type of rodent you have or where it is hiding, you may waste time and money trying ineffective methods.

It takes time to learn how to catch a rodent; even then, it's not easy. You will likely fail if you don't have the right equipment or know how to set traps properly. In addition, if you do manage to trap a critter, you will need to dispose of it properly. If you are inexperienced in rodent control, you risk injury to yourself, your family, and your pets.

EcoTech Pest Control Services can identify the species and methodically remove them from their nests using safe chemicals, traps, and baits that won't harm children or pets.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Rodents And Keep Them Out

Rodents are common in the Tampa area and can create serious problems. Professional rodent removal is the best way to get rid of them.

EcoTech Pest Control Services have trained professionals to handle rodent infestations, and we have the equipment and technology necessary to find and eliminate rodents. Our technicians use effective rodent control techniques, including traps, baits, glue boards, and other methods to get rid of a wide variety of pests.