FAQ’s of Household Rodent Infestation
Rodents are among the most bothersome and worrisome of household invaders due to the number of diseases they carry, and the rate at which they breed. They also leave more unpleasant and obvious evidence behind, like droppings and chew holes – not to mention that awful scuttling sound that will keep you up for hours once it’s heard in the dead of night. Dealing with insects in your home is one thing, but mammals like mice and rats mean you have to take your extermination game to a whole other level. Check out these common FAQ’s regarding rodent infestation to get started.
Q: What is the best method for getting rid of mice?
A: The most effective method is to use traps – but deciding which type of trap to use is up to you and your personal moral code. Snap traps and live traps are the most common, and there are drawbacks to both. Live traps are the humane version, meaning they will capture the animal without killing it – allowing you to relocate the critter somewhere outside your home. Of course, depending on how far away it is released, you technically run the risk of it finding its way back to your cozy confines. Snap traps are the more permanent option, however, it is not unusual for the animal to urinate from the scare as it dies – exposing you to not only an unpleasant smell but also to germs and diseases.
Q: What is the best bait for mouse traps?
A: Contrary to popular movie portrayals – it isn’t cheese. Chocolate or peanut butter will do the trick, and it is best to use a combination of both so as to confuse the ones who may have gotten wise to your schemes. Be careful not to use too much, and position it so it’s somewhat entangled in the trap’s trigger – this forces them to climb onto it to get the goods.
Q: What are the best ways to get rid of rats?
A: Rats are a bit trickier than mice because they are larger, more dangerous, and therefore harder to trap. However, baiting them is equally difficult due to the danger of the bait itself and where it must be placed. If you live in a home with children or other pets, it is imperative that you do NOT use rat poison – or place any type of bait or trap in an area where they can be tampered with. But – also beware of placing either in an area that is hard to reach. The last thing you want is a decomposing body somewhere in your walls that is stinking up your home. The catch and release method, while admirable, is not in your best interest when it comes to rats since they carry the most severe diseases and are known to be aggressive.
Q: What can I do to prevent rodents from getting in?
A: You know what they say – defense can sometimes be the best offense. The best way to go about sealing your home is to do just that. Make sure there are no gaps or crevices larger than a quarter of an inch between the exterior and interior of your house. If a pencil can fit in the gap – so can a mouse. Try to keep any trees branches or plants at least ten feet away from the house, and use weather strips on the bottoms of all doors, including the garage.
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