Do-It-Yourself Rodent Control In Las Vegas: Is It Worth It?

October 15, 2021


Many homeowners are do-it-yourselfers. While this is a safe strategy for refurbishing a chair, the risks may not be worth the reward for pest control. The most common means for getting rid of pests are not only ineffective, but they’re also dangerous for those living in your household. Do-it-yourself pest control is often a struggle, but it is especially so for some of our smartest and toughest pests - rodents.

a large norway rat in a house

Common Rodents In The Las Vegas Area

The Norway rat and the deer mouse are just two kinds of rodents you may find in your house whose disease-spreading capabilities are not to be underestimated.

The Norway Rat

  • They can grow up to 9 ½ inches long and are brown with black scattered throughout and a gray to white belly with long, robust bodies and blunt muzzles.

  • Their tails are shorter than the length of their head and body.

  • They eat practically anything but have a preference for meat, fish, and cornmeal. Dog food is a Norway rat delicacy.

  • When nesting indoors, they prefer the ground floor or even lower. You can find rats in basements, sewers, and piles of debris or storage.

  • They can chew through pretty much anything, including plastic and lead pipes.

  • Norway rats are carriers for diseases like jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis, and salmonellosis. They can also carry disease-carrying fleas into the home and contaminate your food.

Having both mice and rats almost never happens, but mice are a substantial threat in their own right.

Deer Mice

  • Grow to be up to 8 inches long including their tails, with rounded brown bodies and white underbellies.

  • They prefer insects, seeds, nuts, berries, and small fruit to eat.

  • When coming indoors, they will nest in outdoor shelters like cars, sheds, or garages, or in attics and basements.

  • They may also build nests in storage boxes, walls, drawers, and stuffed furniture.

  • Mice can transmit the potentially fatal hantavirus pulmonary syndrome through contact with a mouse carcass or breathing in urinary droplets.

These two pests can be damaging to your property, but the more important threats are to your health and the health of your loved ones.

Common DIY Extermination Methods

Most methods for creatures as good at hiding as these involve dangerous or ineffective means. Here are just a few of the methods people try to get rid of rodents:

  • Rat poisons only kill about half of a population and sometimes not even on the first feeding. Rats may take several days to die, and by then their bodies may not be found.

  • High-frequency sound emitters are ineffective. They may provide short-term relief, but there is no real research to indicate they affect pests enough to drive them away.

  • Catch and release traps put you in close contact with disease-carrying pests.

  • Sticky traps are not a humane form of control and can cause mice to urinate which, as stated before, may make hantavirus more likely to spread.

We can’t emphasize enough that putting yourself in close contact with poisons or pests is not recommended. We do recommend leaving pest control to the professionals.

Pest Control Solutions Inc. Is Your Las Vegas Professional

Keeping members of this community safe is our priority, so we will do everything we can to accommodate your requests regarding how we deal with pests in your home. At Pest Control Solutions Inc., our solutions can be green and natural, after hours, and fixed in 24 hours in an emergency. For more than 25 years, we’ve been servicing homes in Las Vegas. Let our professionals keep your home safe, and we’ll take the risks for you. We offer both residential pest control as well as commercial pest management services.




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