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MICE AND RAT REMOVAL

Bug Lady posted this on Oct 12, 2016

Why should you remove mice and rats?

Every country has rats and mice. Most kinds live in woods and fields, but three kinds live with people: the house mouse, Norway rat and roof rat. From Beverly Hills to the slums of Calcutta, rats and mice will move in with the best of people. They like open garbage cans, dumpsters, sewers and rubbish heaps. If you see a rat or mouse, you can be sure there are many more! They usually hide by day and come out at night. Rats and mice cause more damage inside our homes than any other mammal in the world. They spread salmonella, hantavirus and 17 other diseases, and chew essential house parts such as electrical wires. Phenomenally fertile, a cute pair of mice living in your garage can grow into a gang of 20 or more in only a few months.

Mice are about 3 inches long, not counting the tail. Rats are much larger, up to a foot long, not counting the tail. Rats and mice are curious. They eat a variety of foods, including grain and seed, nuts, meat, candy and processed cereal. They will chew through anything and can even chew through cast iron pipes and cinder blocks. A medium sized rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. They have poor eyesight but excellent senses of smell, taste and touch.

Do you have mice and/or rats?

It is an easy thing to find out if you have mice or rats in or around your home. Look for:

  • Droppings: Mouse droppings are about the size of rice grains and rat droppings are about the size of a raisin.
  • Tracks: Scatter a light dusting of flour where you think you may have mice or rats. Put a cracker or piece of bread with peanut butter spread on it in the middle of the flour. Check for tracks the next day.
  • Burrows: Check in weedy places, under boards, outbuildings like sheds or doghouses and around garbage cans or dumpsters.
  • Gnawings: Any little hole with chewed edges is a sure sign. Check your pantry for chewed packages. Look for shredded paper. Look for tooth marks.
  • Sound: Listen for gnawing or scratching in walls or attics, especially at night.
  • Nests: Chewed paper or cloth (including gloves, carpet, clothes) are often found in boxes, drawers, basements or attics.

HOW TO GET RID OF THEM!

You can remove rats and mice but you must be vigilant.

  • Take away their food. Keep garbage in tightly covered cans. Feed pets but pet away their dishes so you are not feeding the rodents at night.
  • Destroy their homes. Remove trash and weeds from your yard. Close their entrances to your home by covering windows with screens, keeping the outside doors closed, filling any small holes into the house with caulking.
  • Fill their burrows with a shovel of dirt and stomp them closed. If new burrows appear, you still have the problem.
  • Traps, traps and more traps. Use traps whenever possible inside houses. Poison baits are dangerous to use around small children and pets. Also, poisoned rats and mice will die and stink in walls and attics. Use plenty of traps in a room. Put them along the wall, in cupboards and drawers, and in other places where mice might run. Make it so a mouse won’t travel more than 5 or 10 feet to find a trap. Do this because a well-fed mouse likes to stay home. He may live for weeks in one corner of a room. Don’t expect him to cross the room to find your trap. Snap traps are the cheapest, so use plenty. Multiple catch traps work fine, but remember to use enough of them. Sticky traps are as good as snap traps but are just “one use” products. You can use snap traps over and over. For bait, mice and rats like peanut butter, bacon or anything tasty with a strong odor.

 

You will rid your house of rats and mice with a few weeks of diligent effort, but once you have removed them, can you relax and forget them? No. New mice will find you. Save your traps and be ready to go to war with the rats and mice again, especially in the fall when the weather starts to get cold and they are looking for a warm home.

ePestSolutions is the perfect company to help you with rat or mice removal. The website is informative and they have many options in dealing with these critters. Their snap traps come in sizes for mice and rats, and the plastic “three-packs” are easier to use than the old-fashioned spring traps. Plus, they are “one-hand” operated and you never have to touch the dead mouse or rat. Look through our on-line store and find the solution to your rodent problems.

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