Rodent Exterminator
Don't second-guess the danger rodents pose to your home and health. 



Posted By SafeGuard Pest Control Administrator 

Spotting one rodent in the house is enough to send most people into a panic. The reasons for this are many. Where one rodent is seen, dozens of others are present. Additionally, these pests not only are destructive but also infamous for spreading serious illnesses.

It is no surprise that people like to act quickly when they suspect a rodent infestation. Too often, these people react by heading to the hardware store to pick up some DIY treatment method.

The vast majority of these methods do not work. Instead, they provide the rodent population with extra time to reproduce, exacerbating the problem to monumental proportions.

By taking a closer look at why DIY rodent control methods do not work and how integrated pest management techniques are successful, it is possible for consumers to make a wise decision when they are confronted with mice or rats.


When browsing at the hardware store or online, it quickly becomes apparent that there are dozens of DIY rodent control methods. Unfortunately, most of these are ineffective.

For instance, traditional treatment methods suggest placing mothballs in places like attics and basements to keep rodents away. It is believed that the naphthalene that is contained in mothballs acts as a deterrent. However, an extraordinary amount of naphthalene is required to actually make a difference. If homeowners actually used as much naphthalene as would be required, then the residence would be practically unsafe to occupy.

Likewise, some sources recommend using peppermint oil to deter rodent activity. The oil's strong odor is thought to repel rodents, but this is not the case.

One of the newest and most modern methods is the ultrasonic rodent repeller. The machine is plugged into a socket, then it begins emitting sound waves that are unattractive to rodents. However, machines such as these have been found to frequently just drive rodents to other places on the property or into the walls.

Traps are perennially recommended by the DIY crowd but these are more complicated than most people realize. The first consideration is what kind of trap to use. Traditional mousetraps, live traps and poisons all are possibilities. If these items are not placed and baited with incredible precision, they do not work. Moreover, most homeowners would have great difficulty getting enough traps set to actually make a difference in the rodent population.


Another reason why DIY treatment methods do not succeed is that they only address the symptoms rather than the source. For instance, setting a trap or ultrasonic rodent repeller does not seal up the entrances that the mice and rats are using to access the structure. Rodents may make their own hole through a wall or they may make use of an existing gap or crack. Regardless, if this hole or gap is not plugged, the problem will only continue.

Additionally, it is wise to consider why rodents found the home interesting in the first place. Like other living creatures, rodents need food, water and shelter. They decide to nest within certain buildings based upon the availability of these necessities. This makes it imperative for homeowners to secure their food supplies.

Suggested steps to take include avoiding food storage on countertops and tables, using metal or glass containers to store food, not allowing pet food to sit out beyond mealtimes and wiping up spills and crumbs as soon as they occur.

It also may make sense to perform a general clean up around the property, both indoors and out. This eliminates clutter, which provides rodents with hiding places and nesting material.


Several signs may indicate a rodent problem. One of the most common of these is the presence of rodent droppings. Individual rats may produce as many as 40 droppings every night. Accordingly, anyone who sees small, dark brown feces vaguely shaped like grains of rice around their property would be wise to call for an exterminator.

Another obvious sign of a rodent infestation is the presence of teeth marks and related damage to various materials and items around the home. The damage may be located on the exterior of a structure. For instance, gnaw marks may be located on siding, foundations or roofing shingles. Other likely places to see damage include kitchen cupboards, furniture legs, bookshelves, pillows, blankets and other bedding.

Whenever a person sees a mouse or rat, whether living or dead, on their property, it makes sense to call an exterminator. Rodents tend to hide, especially during the daylight hours. Accordingly, if rodents are being seen during the day, the population likely has exploded, causing a severe problem.


The primary goal of the rodent exterminator is to kill the mice and rats that are infesting the property. However, this is just one part of what they do.

Experienced rodent exterminators will conduct a thorough inspection of the property, identifying all pests that are present, including rodents. After determining the extent of the infestation, they propose treatment methods that are designed to eradicate the existing rodent population.

Most rodent exterminators recommend using integrated pest management techniques. This means not only eliminating the rodent population but also correcting the problems that allowed the rodents to access the building in the first place.

Accordingly, integrated pest management methods may include eliminating means of entering the building, removing clutter and changing food storage practices. Exterminators are able to make numerous helpful recommendations that ensure that rodent infestations are far less likely to happen in the future.


Pest management professionals use a variety of methods to get rid of rodents. These methods include taking away the entry points that mice and rats are using. Some species are capable of squeezing through holes that are about the size of a dime. Accordingly, it is wise to block or cover all holes and gaps that are this size or larger.

Exterminators may use sheet metal, hardware cloth or wire mesh to cover entry points. The gaps around utility pipes and vents also will be eliminated.

Next, the technician will place traps in strategic locations. These may include the basement, attic, kitchen and bathroom. A variety of trap types may be employed. From glue boards and live capture traps to snap traps, each of these may be effective at eliminating the rodent population.

Bait stations are another common and highly effective method for controlling rodent populations. Baited with poisoned food, these traps quickly work to reduce the size of the rodent colony. Exterminators also may use bait stations to lead them back to rodent nests where they can ensure the elimination of the problem.


While some pest exterminators leave the client to remove rodent bodies, others do not. A full-service pest management professional offers complete rodent removal. This involves return visits to get rid of bodies, locate nests and perform general cleanup and inspection. Accordingly, clients can rest assured that their home or office truly is a clean, safe and hygienic place to occupy.


Mice and other rodents are adept at finding good hiding places. One of these places is within the walls of manmade structures. Getting to these nests can be complicated, but it is not beyond the knowledge and experience of the professional exterminator.

Mice tend to remain in their nests during the day. At night, they emerge to search for food. This represents the best opportunity for killing them. Exterminators may place traps and bait stations in places where they know mice are traveling.

Of course, baby mice do not necessarily leave the nest for a while, which makes them more difficult to trap. The mother may bring poisoned food back to the nest, and this may kill the babies. Obviously, having dead mice in the walls is a messy, smelly problem.

This is why exterminators also may drill small holes in a wall when they are certain that a nest is present. The nest and bodies can be removed, and the space is cleaned. The hole will need to be repaired, but this is preferable to the alternative.


The best answer to this question is to call the professionals.

Determining the difference between a mouse and a rat is a homeowner’s main dilemma where extermination is concerned.  That is because species identification can play a crucial role in successfully eliminating a rodent problem.

Additionally, the impulse to simply set a couple of mouse traps is common when mice are seen by property owners. Unfortunately, this course of action is not effective in the event of an infestation. Traps alone may be able to eliminate a few individuals, but large numbers of mice typically require the services of a rodent control professional.

A licensed rodent exterminator has a variety of techniques to end the infestation. This will include methods of excluding rodents from re-entering the building as well as traps and chemical control. With all of these precautions, it is possible to return a home or office to a safe and hygienic state.

If you suspect a rodent control issue, call the professional team of licensed exterminators at SafeGuard Pest Control, LLC today. We can determine if you have a mouse or rat problem in your Bensalem home or office, and then proceed to implementing the best, most effective treatments.

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