If mice have invaded your home, you likely want them out as soon as possible. But before you start setting traps and putting out poisoned bait, consider the pitfalls of DIY mouse control. If you have little to no experience with rodent control, this is a job best left to the professionals.

Here are four important reasons why DIY mouse control is inadvisable.

1. Poisoned bait is dangerous to pets and children

A common DIY method of eradicating mice is to use poisoned bait. When used in some situations, poisoned bait can be effective at killing some mice. However, in an environment with children or pets, the use of poisoned bait can be dangerous.

If a young child or pet finds poisoned bait and ingests it, it could harm them. And the mice may also carry the bait through your house, smearing the poison on surfaces as they go.

2. Poisoned mice sometimes die inside walls

You can't guarantee where the mice will die once they have ingested the bait that you put out. In the worst-case scenario, poisoned mice could die inside your walls. And you certainly don't want the stench of a dead mouse in your house. You might need to damage a section of your wall to remove a dead mouse, which will cost both money and time.

3. Using mouse traps isn't as simple as it seems

Mouse traps can be an effective way to deal with mice when used by a professional with training and experience. But if you lack the experience, then using traps in the wrong way may become a frustrating endeavor. Professional pest control companies know where to place traps, and how to place traps to ensure they catch and kill mice.

4. You need to find out how the mice are getting in

If you manage to eradicate your mouse problem with DIY methods but fail to find out how they got into your house in the first place, it won't be long before another infestation occurs. A professional can help you identify and seal the entry points that mice use to get into your home.

Unless you have experience with locating and removing mice from a building, call a pest control company for your mouse problem. With the help of a professional, you can remove your mouse problems and ensure that the mice don't return to your home in the future.

Reach out to a rodent treatment service to learn more.