Date: September 1st, 2016
Whether it be mice, rats or moles, rodents can become a huge nuisance if not controlled.
Why cause such a large fuss over such small pests? Here’s why:
The Transport of Pathogens & Parasites
Rodents harbor a wide range of parasites such as mites and ticks that carry lethal pathogens. Even without parasites, rodents can directly transmit deadly germs excreted in their urine and feces.
Rodents produce hundreds of fecal pellets and deposit urine in thousands of areas within only a weeks’ time! Also, rodents shed their hair daily and lose an entire coat twice a year. Urine, fecal matter and rodent hairs all possibly contain pathogens.
So, how do you control these pests?
Rodent-proof your property
Prevention can go a long way in the fight against rodents. Rodent-proof your home by filling any hole bigger than the size of a dime. Clean areas under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers and store food, pet food and birdseed in sealed containers.
Proper yard management should limit outdoor harborages. Place woodpiles and garbage cans at least a foot off the ground.
Stop the problem before it gets out of control
While you may think that you only have 1 mouse – trust us – you don’t. Mice produce rapidly and year-round in stable environments. A single female mouse may produce up to 60 offspring annually.
Location, location, location!
The placement of traps and bait are critical to rodent control. Most mice will not travel over 30 feet outside of their nests in search of food or water. If you know where the rodents are nesting, focus the traps and bait near that area.
Wear water-resistant gloves and dispose of the carcasses by burning or placing in sealed plastic bags.
Rodent Control FAQs
What baits should I use in my traps?
For mice, use peanut butter, chocolate or oats. Nesting material such as cotton or string can also be used.
For rats, use peanut butter, bacon, fruits, vegetables, cereals, meats or acorns (Wood Rat)
Where should I place my mouse trap?
Place traps perpendicular to the wall near signs of rodent activity. Look to the picture to the right for an example.
I caught a mouse…what now?!?
Attempt to contain your screams (whether they are from excitement or fear!). Check traps daily and dispose of the mouse soon after it is caught. Wear gloves when disposing of rodents and you can spray the area with a disinfectant.
Why is the bait gone but the trap is empty?
It’s possible that you have used too much bait. The more bait used, the easier it is for rodents to remove without disturbing the traps.
Also, check the position of the trap. Rodents typically travel with their bodies against a wall for protection so place it perpendicular to the wall.
Why can’t I catch any rats?
Rats tend to be more tentative around new objects than mice so try baiting the trap without setting it. Let the rat take the bait a couple of times to become familiar with it. Then, set the trap.
How do I keep my pets away from mouse/rat traps?
There are several varieties of traps that are pet safe. The Ortho Home Defense MAX Kill and Contain Mouse Trap won’t snap fingers or paws.
If you find that standard traps are not working on your pests, consider using a different method. Mini Pest Chaser Plug provides superior repelling sound dispersion while providing four units for multiple room coverage. It produces a sound inaudible to humans and non-rodent pets.
An Electronic Mouse Trap has a patented 3-plate design that kills 3 mice without resetting. Safe and effective, the trap features a safety switch that deactivates the trap when lid is open. Also, the tunnel design prevents kids and pets from reaching into.
To exterminate the pests without using a trap, use mouse and rat poison.