Rodenticides are certainly an effective way of rodent control, but most people are reluctant to employ toxic chemicals around the house, particularly in the presence of young children and pets. There are various alternative techniques of control available, however, and you still require a certain measure of skill and care to achieve the best results. Although most rodents can be safely excluded from your property with the use of exclusion rods, it is always better to prevent entry altogether. You can also use non-toxic sprays, traps, and natural repellents to prevent mice and rats from entering your home.
Rats and mice are some of the most common pests around, and you may struggle to get rid of them from your property. Rodents are small, often tiny, and are fast-moving. They can easily escape most traps and tend to scurry along the floor and walls wherever there is an opening. The best method of rodent control is to prevent entry by eliminating their habitats and food sources.
Rats and mice are particularly troublesome in the winter months when they are most active. In your quest for rodent control, you will have to go out during these times and deal with both mice and rats, sometimes in separate rooms or areas of your property. You will need to remove any existing traps and dispose of any rat poisons within easy reach of the rodents.
A good method of rodent control is to keep your garden mowed and clear of dead rodents and rats. This will discourage rats and mice from the area, as well as deter pests such as roaches from coming in. Dead rodents and rats will contain rodenticides, which are dangerous for humans. Remove any dead rodents or rats immediately. If you are unsure of the rodents’ carcasses, do not touch them, as they can be hazardous to your health. It is recommended that you call in a professional to handle this hazardous job.
Mice and rats tend to be a problem around gardens where there are droppings from plants and grass on the ground. The droppings are a food source for pests and rodents, and so should be removed. Always throw out old newspapers, magazines, and other printed materials that contain insecticide or pesticide residue on a daily basis. These toxins are harmful to both birds and human beings and will kill both pests immediately.
Rodent traps can be either animal humanely euthanized or non-lethal. Animal humanely euthanized traps will usually snap the animal into scissors that will cut its throat. The most humane way to trap rodents is with a trap that contains a sticky collar or a pin that can be hooked onto the animal’s fur. Non-lethal traps such as glue traps are more likely to cause distress than any pain inflicted upon the rodents. These should always be checked frequently to ensure they do not have a population of pests.
Many rodents prefer to live in tunnels and burrows in hardwood or other moist areas. Rats and mice are quite adept at moving from one location to another. Therefore, it may take some time to catch them. For this reason, it is important to check your traps regularly for new droppings and clean them thoroughly before putting back the catch. The old ones should also be checked frequently to ensure they are secure.
Roof rats and mice are a big problem for homeowners. They can wreak havoc on your property and on the health of those who dwell within its confines. It is possible to address the problem effectively with a rat or mouse control plan. By using high-quality rodent control traps and other tools, you can effectively restrict the population of rodents on your roof.