How to get rid of miceThere’s no easy way to know if a company is truly a good rodent control company unless you are willing to do a little research and legwork on your end. We recommend starting your search online. You can use Google to search for companies in your area then look at their reviews. We suggest looking for a good rodent control company based on the reviews and comments on those reviews. Look for one that has many reviews, not just a few. You can also look at Yahoo and Angie’s List. Both of these online companies allow customers to leave reviews of the services used. Next, talk to neighbors and co-workers. They’ll be more than willing to share their good and bad experiences with you.

When it comes to rodent control, there is no one size fits all. Each home is different even if they were built at the same time. So then what should you look for when picking a good rodent control company?

Here are 5 tips in choosing a good rodent control company.

1) Someone with construction knowledge: Having a professional who understands construction and how homes are built from the ground up gives an edge in knowing where there may be gaps the rodents are using to enter into your home or business.

2) A full-service company: A full-service company provides a specialist to come out to your home and inspect your property not just give you an estimate over the phone. This is extremely important as you cannot give an accurate estimate without seeing the property. Each property is different, each rodent issue is different and the difference is not something known until an inspection is done.

3) FREE Inspections: You should not be charged to have your property looked at to decide the best way to control rodents. A good rodent control company will look in the attic, crawl space, basement, and go around the exterior of the home.

4) If they tell you where the rodents are getting in, they should also seal it: A good rodent control company will be able to share with you where the rodents are entering your home. They should also be able to seal that entrance on the spot. If they cannot do this for you, this would be a red flag.

5) Mechanical trapping in attics, basements, and crawl spaces: A good rodent control company uses mechanical trapping in their process of rodent control. You do not want to use a company that just scatters bait around and inside of your home. If the home is not properly sealed and a rodent ingests the poison and then enters your home to die, you now have even more issues. A dying anything in your home smells and creates mold. This is not something you want in one of your most valuable assets.

What is the next step? After a thorough inspection, the company should advise you about your infestation. Is it really bad? Can it be causing health issues in your home? Should there be some sort of cleanup and sanitation procedure performed? These are all questions that the company should offer solutions to even before you ask. And yes, at Erdye’s we offer all of these.

• Free Inspection
• Seal Your Home
• Cleanup and Sanitization

Call us with all of your rodent and pest control issues at 920.455.0373. We’re here to help you keep a healthy, safe, and rodent free home.

Why D.I.Y. Pest Control Is Not a Good Choice

We all know the term D.I.Y. and “Do It Yourselfers” are a growing community of people. The D.I.Y. approach is big business in the U.S., therefore there’s a real push in marketing to encourage people to get the job done themselves. With Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards and many other Big Box stores focused on the person who gets the job done themselves, and an entire television network dedicated to the D.I.Y. approach, it seems almost second nature to choose to do it yourself when you have a project that needs taking care of. While this is usually a terrific way to save time and money, it isn’t always, and we want to lower the risk for you in deciding when to take on the work yourself, and when to hire a professional.

When it comes to pest control, there seem to be an infinite number of people who have suggestions, advice and tips on handling the problem yourself. We want to share why D.I.Y. pest control can be extremely harmful.  One particular form of pest control where I have observed nearly everyone having opinions and advice on how to help yourself is with mice. I have experienced it myself…you have mice in your house and you just want them gone! They are a menace, and along with freaking out your entire family, they can also cause illness as mentioned in our previous post. While on the surface, it seems as though these are the only issues when mice come into your home; however, it goes so much deeper than that. Mice can destroy your home, wreak havoc on your electrical system, and cause a tremendous mess in your walls, attics and septic systems and if they die inside your home, it’s worse than you can imagine! Because of these things, doing the job yourself to rid of mice can be a terrible decision, leading to destruction and ultimately a much larger problem then you ever had to begin with.

Do it yourself

Largely, people who attempt to rid their home of mice do not simply just find and remove the mice. Let’s face it, they’re kind of gross, and not many of us want to deal with them. It seems easiest just to bait them by setting out some poison that will kill off our problem and let life return to normal. The real problem with that is that baiting a mouse in your home can be the worst possible way to “take care” of the issue. When a mouse ingests poison, it gets sick, and omits a distress signal, letting other mice know not to eat the poison. This is completely counter-productive to what you are attempting to do. Essentially, you are pre-warning whatever mice are in your home not to fall for your tricks. The poisoned mouse will then find a water source in your home and die near it. When a mouse dies inside of your home, it causes a smell that is unbearable. Even worse than just one mouse dying is when a mother mouse brings poison back to her babies to feed them all. Multiple dead mice can cause a smell that will make you want to just leave your house behind all together.   Baiting mice is not only a poor choice in how to rid your home of these rodents, but can cause issues you never even expected, making everything worse then when you began. When you need to rid of mice that have entered your home, hiring a professional that can easily find and remove them is your best and most safe option.

There however are some tips you can utilize to help prevent the entrance of mice into your home for those of you who really want to get a job done yourself, before it becomes detrimental to your investment. Blocking holes or entrances to your home with caulking or pest block is a great way to exercise preventative maintenance. (Pest block is an excellent solution for mice, but will not work on squirrels and chipmunks, which are more aggressive and will find their way through that.)  Some common places to look for available entranceways for mice into your home are around your entrance and garage doors. Old weather stripping that is dry or cracking is easily penetrable by mice. Replacing weather stripping and ensuring there are no openings around it is a great way to prevent the issue. Look for any holes around your home that are the width of a pinky finger. That is the only space a mouse needs to crawl into your home. These holes should be sufficiently sealed. Another point of entry for mice is where any power or water comes out of your home. Spigots, air conditioning units, and furnace/dryer vents can be an access way into your home. Sump pump hoses are another way that mice will try to enter your home, often causing them to drown inside, and causing an awful smell and a massive expense when you need to have sump pump work done. Making sure all of these entryways are closed off and sealed is an important way to prevent having to deal with mice in your home.   While doing projects yourself is often a way to save on expense and get the job done right, when it comes to pest control, it’s best to protect your major investments and to call for professional help. Erdye’s has extensive experience to get the job done, and to get it done right the first time, without damage being done to your home and your health.

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