Mouse Exterminator Cost

The cost of hiring a mouse exterminator is $200 - $325.

In this guide

Inspection of the Home
Type of Treatment
Labor
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQs

How much does it cost to hire a mouse exterminator?

While some people consider certain rodents to be pets, that cute little Mickey you see running around the house may not actually be something you want staying around. Mice are often carriers of diseases that can infect humans, in some cases fatally. Mice and other rodents can make nests in closets, attics, walls, crawl spaces, and basements. They may invade the living areas of your home to eat food that is left out or unprotected. Besides the obvious sighting, according to Orkin.com, some signs of mice infestations include finding their droppings, chewed on furniture, and even musky odors. Rodents can cause damage to walls and electrical wires, while also potentially spreading disease and creating an unsanitary habitat. If you find evidence of mice, you may be tempted to try to deal with the issue yourself. However, in most cases you’re better off hiring an exterminator, simply because things like traps are often ineffective at reaching the nest, and poisons should be used only in controlled situations by a professional.

It costs on average around $200 to $325 to exterminate mice and rats. However, you may also need to take steps to ensure that they can’t re enter, and that all signs of their nests and damage have been removed.

Effects of Mice Infestations

While there are many different species of mice, it’s the droppings and saliva of specific species that are known to contaminate food and spread diseases within the home. Some of the more common species a homeowner typically comes into contact with includes cotton rats, deer mice, house mice, norway rats, and roof rats. As explained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the diseases caused by these rodents include:

  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM): Caused by exposure to the excrement (droppings, urine, saliva, etc) of an infected rodent and direct contact with broken skin, nose, eyes, and mouth, as well as the bite of an infected mouse. Once infected, a person may need to be hospitalized to receive treatment.
  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS): Caused by contact with rodents that carry hantavirus. Similar to the LCM, it can be transmitted through the exposure of rodent excrement. Symptoms include fever, deep muscle aches, and severe shortness of breath. The symptoms are similar to those caused by the flu; if you suspect contact with rodents in your home, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Rat bite fever (RBF)/Haverhill fever: Fatal if it goes untreated and caused by bites or scratches, handling infected rodents, or consuming food and drink contaminated with the bacteria. Penicillin is the most common antibiotic used to treat RBF, and some severe illnesses include infections involving the heart, brain, or lungs as well as abscesses in internal organs.
  • Salmonellosis: Ra lab test to diagnose. This illness is commonly caused by contact with contaminated food or infected animals. Symptoms include  diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. According to cdc.gov, the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.
  • Tularemia: Rodents are highly at risk of contracting this disease and die in massive amounts during outbreaks. A human can also be infected by coming into contact with these rodents, ingestion of contaminated water, aerosols, or agricultural dusts. While it may be fatal, this illness can be treated with antibiotics.

Inspection of the Home

The first thing you want to do when you have a mice problem in your home is to establish where their nest is, and what the size the population is. Mice typically build their nests in dark, undisturbed spaces such as garages and attics. You should ensure that they do not have easy access to any food (including your pets food) by sealing all food items and storing them in airtight containers.

Thoroughly  clean your home, focusing on the pantry and kitchen areas, attics, garage as well as any areas that could possibly be a nest for rodents. It’s best to start with a clean home before calling in a professional, as you will need to leave the treated areas undisturbed for a period of time to ensure that problem is dealt with. Therefore, cleaning and removing the droppings and assessing the damage should be one prior to the exterminator’s visit. If you do not wish to do this yourself, house cleaning ranges between $75-$125 per visit for an 2000 sq.ft. home.

Type of Treatment

Traps are the most commonly used form of extermination and there are different types of traps available. Professionals are able to identify the best locations to place these traps based on the location of the nests, the type of trap, and the other inhabitants of the home, such as pets or small children. The different traps vary in cost and the exterminator may use more than one method depending on the severity of the infestation.

Extermination MethodProsHow Effective Is It

Plastic Snap Trap

($5 pack of 4)

Very easy to set and release.

Quick and cheap.

Short term solution if the source is not sealed.

The mice will eventually be smart enough to avoid it.

Glue Trap

($5 pack of 4)

No snapping mechanism.

Not as effective as it may only catch the fur.

The mice may die slowly due to lack of food and water

Electric Trap

($20-$100

Quick and effective.

Reusable.

Long term and efficient solution.

Higher cost upfront.

Bait Station

($15-$50)

Safer as it is enclosedIt is effective, however it is not reusable.

Rat poison

($8-$20 16 ounces)

NOT RECOMMENDED

Danger in homes where there are kids and pets.

It also does not trap or kill the rat instantly, they can still be roaming around before they die.

Labor

Some pest extermination companies provide free inspections of the home to identify the type of pests that are in your home, and locate the problem area. They will then provide a quote based on the extent of the infestation, and other factors including the size of your home, and the location of the nests. Out of the way areas, such as nests inside walls will cost more than areas that are easy to reach. For example, simply placing traps in easy to reach areas costs around $90 for a one-time visit; opening walls and repeated visits drive the costs up to $200 to $300 just for the traps.

You may want to start by getting quotes from a few different companies. If they do not provide free inspections, the cost of the initial visit may be around $100, with a total cost range of $300 to $500 to both completely eradicate the nests and seal all the holes shut.

Costs vary according to the extent and the methods used, and it is not something that can be established without an inspection. Most companies will also conduct  necessary follow ups to ensure the house is rodent free, with contracts for several visits starting at around $300.

Check on the follow up costs and other inspections with each company quoted. Some companies offer a free 90 day follow up, while others will often offer a contract that would be valid over a period of between 2 to 6 months.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Mice and other rodents may do damage to areas of your home that will require repair. If the exterminator needed to open the walls to reach the nest, you may need to repair the drywall 1 at a cost of roughly $30 per sheet. If the mice have eaten electrical lines, you may need to hire an electrician at a cost of $65-$85 an hour. If plumbing has been disturbed, you may need to hire a plumber at a cost of $45-$65 an hour to make the necessary repairs.
  • Most exterminators will include the cost of sealing up entry holes in their estimates.
  • If you find that you are having repeated problems, you may need to invest in things like pest repellers for around $25 to $35 each.
  • Mice frequently enter homes where they can be assured of finding food. A cleaning company can help you keep your home free of crumbs and other enticements for $75-$125 per visit.

Additional considerations and costs

  • The most common season for mice to enter homes are during the winter due to the drop in temperature and the need to seek for food indoors.
  • Be wary of any pest exterminator that uses poisons to deal with the infestation. Poisons can cause the mice to die inside your walls, where their decaying bodies may smell and spread further diseases. Poison may also be harmful to the health of pets or people living in the house as well.

FAQs

  • How do you control rats?

You can control a rat problem by keeping your home clean and sealing up all food in airtight containers.

  • How do you get rid of rodents?

The most effective way of dealing with rodents is to hire a professional to set traps and seal up entry holes.

  • How do you get rats out of your attic?

The most effective way of ridding your attic of rats is to seal up entry holes, cut tree limbs that get close enough to allow them entry, and to set traps.

  • How do you get rid of rats in your house?

The most effective way of getting rid of rats is to hire an exterminator to set traps and seal up entry holes.

  • How much does it cost for a rat exterminator?

The average cost of a rat exterminator is $200-$325.

  • How do you get rid of mice in your walls?

Setting traps inside the walls by cutting strategic holes is the most effective way of getting rid of mice.

  • How much does it cost to get pest control?

Pest control costs start at around $100 for a single visit, and average between $200 and $325 for follow up treatment.

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-9%
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+24%
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+12%
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+32%
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+16%
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-8%
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-15%
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+40%
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+7%
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+5%
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+9%
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+10%
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-7%
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+9%
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+1%
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+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
East Orange, NJ
+27%
Evansville, IN
+7%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Gastonia, NC
-18%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Green Bay, WI
+2%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Henrico, VA
+6%
High Point, NC
-9%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntington, NY
+36%
Hyattsville, MD
+17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
La Puente, CA
+9%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Newport News, VA
-12%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Overland Park, KS
+15%

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