How to Get Rid of Mice and Rats

mousevsratHow to Get Rid of Mice and Rats?

The best solution to rodent control is to prevent rodents from entering. The prevention can be through exclusion and sanitation. However, there are many clever creatures that can always find a way to enter our home or building to search for shelter, water and food. These creatures even can pass through a smaller crack which is bigger than their body. Therefore, if any sign of rats and mice is seen, we need to find ways to control them. We need to keep an eye on these signs and know some knowledge of rodent control methods.

Rat or Mouse Traps

The most inexpensive way used to get rid of mice or rats is to use traps which are very cheap. If traps are unbaited, they can last for a long time without changing. However, no matter they are baited or not baited, regular inspection is required. If you don’t check it regularly, trapped dead or dying rats and mice may attract other insects, causing an infestation

Traps can be an easy and inexpensive option, as the equipment is relatively cheap and the traps, especially if unbaited, can be left in place for long periods. However, all traps, baited or unbaited, must be regularly inspected, as a dead or dying rodent or a food bait can attract secondary insects and cause an infestation.

On the market, there are several types of traps available.

Snap Traps

snap-trapSnap traps are generally made of plastic or wood. They are one of the simplest and most effective ways to trap and kill mice and rats. Because of their simple design, they are prone to be very cheap. You can buy a package of wooden mouse traps and each one only costs you a few dollars. And they are reusable after the rodents are removed. If you find a dead mouse has been trapped for a long time and becomes squeamish, you even can throw away the trap together with the dead mouse without removing the mouse and worrying about the cost. And you can replace a new one to catch a new mouse.

If you need a trap to catch a rat, just buy traps that are especially designed for rats. Such a trap is larger. If you use a small mouse trap, the trap will not be likely to hold and kill the rat, because rats have a larger body. Such a small trap can only injury the rat.

Live Traps

Rodents have a habit of investigation and wiggling into holes. Live traps use this instinct. These live traps allow rodents enter but not allow them to get out. Once a rodent enters it, it cannot get out any more due to its wind-up mechanism. It is recommended to check the traps regularly. If a rodent is found trapped in it, you need to kill it or just release it to make sure it cannot enter your home again.

Glueboards

Glueboards are made up a cardboard base, a layer of sticky glue and a protective paper. When you need to set a glueboard, you just need to place one and peel off the protective paper. Most glueboards have attractant that can lure the rat or mouse to go to the center and the rodent will be getting stuck and finally die. They are effective to trap mice but not suitable for rat control. This is because large rodents are much stronger and they sometimes can escape from the glue. And glueboards seem a little inhumane due to fact that a rodent will experience struggling to escape, causing bodily injury and finally a slow death.

Rodent Baits

In or On Traps

Rodents love eating cheese, but cheese is not the best rodent bait to place on traps. Rodents can be attracted by Peanut butter, but it is not recommended to use it directly as the bait. You can use a piece of gauze to wrap it up. This can make the rodents’ teeth get stuck. Finally, the rodents have to snap the trap but cannot drag the bait off. Other good alternatives are dried food, dried fruits, sticky candies, and bacon.

Rodenticide

Rodenticides are mouse poison or rat poison. You can buy some at online retailers or through retail outlets. However, a new EPS regulation only allows buying disposable and ready-to-use bait stations that include the poison pesticide. If there are more rodents found in your house, hiring a professional with a license is a good idea. This is because such a professional has more experience of placing and disposing bulk rodenticides. Therefore, it is advised to use traps but not rodenticides, unless the rodent population is high. If any pesticide is used, you should strictly follow the instructions on its label.

Bait Station

Bait Statin cannot work separately. They are a station in where poison bait is placed. Bait station is helpful to prevent your children, pets, as well as other livestock from contacting the rodenticide bait, which can ensure the safety of them.

Bait and Trap Placement

Where to place baits and traps is very important. Baiting and placement for mice and rats are different. Before placing them, you should know where the rodents are mostly like to feed, travel and nest. And traps and baits should be placed in these active areas.

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