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When you notice bats, mice, birds or squirrels in your attic or walls, your first reaction may be to run to get an off-the-shelf product to try and rid your home of them. Unless administered properly though, these poisons can endanger your children or pets and are often more trouble than they are worth. Find out how much you will pay to remove mice, bats, raccoons and other common pests. On average, you should compare your quote from professionals against the national average of $304.
How can I be sure I have a pest problem?
If you are unsure about needing a pest control professional, there are some things you can look for: unexplained holes in walls or food containers, bird and bat excrement, or scampering and rustling noises in the walls and ceilings.
How bad is the problem?
If you see and hear signs of one or two pests, you can be guaranteed there are more you do not see. Do not wait until you see many pests before calling a pro. The more extensive the problem, the more expensive the removal will be.
Some pest control is done with poisons and traps. Other methods are humane and involve traps that will not harm the animals. Humane methods for pest removal tend to be more expensive as they require finding a place to set the animals free rather than simply disposing of them.
Repair to damage caused by pests
One aspect of pest control often overlooked is the damage caused by not removing pests from your home. You may feel you are saving money by not calling in a professional, but the longer you wait the more damage may be occurring. Rodents, squirrels and bats can damage walls, destroy wall insulation, and chew through electrical wiring. The damage can be far-reaching and expensive to repair.
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