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How To Get Rid Of Rats & Mice

Rodents like rats and mice may look cute in children’s cartoons, but when you’re dealing with them in real life, they are anything but pleasant. Rats and mice have long been the culprit of spreading some of the worst diseases and plagues in human history. Thanks to advances in sanitation and rodent control programs, the threat of disease from these rodents aren’t as devastating to the human population, but they can still be an irritating problem around the home.

Rodents like mice and rats are chronic gnawers; they need to gnaw to live and so their constant need to gnaw makes them a destructive presence if they’ve infiltrated your home. The most common domestic rodents include the house mouse, the Norway rat and the roof rat. Once they’ve entered your home, you must act fast to get rid of them or else they will multiply and create a major infestation. These rodents also have the potential to contaminate your food, gnaw at your home’s structure and possibly even ruin your electrical components of your home by chewing on wires.

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Four Steps to Successfully Treat Your Rat & Mouse Problem

Step One:  Indentification- We need to know what you are dealing with, whether this is a  mouse or rat problem.  Watch Keith explain how to know what rodent you have lurking about in your home.


Step Two:
  Inspection- We need to see if we can locate where they are coming in from, any nest, etc.  Listen for any noise and the time of day you are hearing the activity.  Look for droppings and this will also help you identifiy the rodent.

Rodent Fecal Droppings


Look for smear marks along baseboards. Rodent bodies are very oily, and they will leave an oily film behind on the surface. Gnaw marks; they love to chew on the edge of wood. They leave hair behind when they go around corners. And they put off a very foul odor, smells like urine.

Look for holes around the perimeter of the house. Also check your flower beds; where vegetation has been compressed down to the soil is a sign where rodents are running back and forth.

Rodent Entry Point


Make your home or business unwelcoming to rats and mice by sealing up cracks and openings, thoroughly cleaning surfaces and floors and eliminating all sources of food and water. This is also known as integrated pest management.


You can use a caulking gun to seal holes and openings that these rodents can potentially crawl through. Another good tool to use is Stuff-It copper mesh which can be placed around plumbing pipes, A/C, vents, and other inconspicuous places where rodents can enter the home.

Step Three:
  If you've done a good job with step one, the offending rodents will not have any food available for them to feast on. They will be hungry and eager for any morsel they happen to find. By laying a rodenticide bait out as their only source of food, they will not be able to resist taking the bait.


Use one of our recommended baits, such as Eratication. Apply preferably outdoors (around the entire perimeter of your home). We don’t recommend laying out bait indoors unless absolutely necessary.


Dirty Kitchen
Step Four:
  Catch Rats and Mice with Traps- With rodents it is important to use multiple items to control them.  Using our recommended live traps and glueboards, you can easily lay out these traps inside your home and capture the offending rodents dead or alive. We are going to use a product called Eratication Bait Block with the Aegis RP Tamper-proof Station.

Aegis Bait station
The Eratication bait block has ridges on it. This allows rodents to feed on it very easily. It also has a hole drilled through the center, which you can stick on top of the rods that are provided inside the bait station.


The bait station is a tamper-proof station and does require a key that is provided to gain access to the inside.


Then you can move into setting traps, placing glueboards around the inside of the structure.


Step Five:  Prevention - Once your rat or mouse problem is gone, you should still implement a sanitation routine to ensure rodents don't return to your home. Clean your kitchen regularly and sweep up crumbs. Take your trash out often and reduce clutter in your home as much as possible. Regularly inspect your indoors and outdoors for rodent activity and lay out rodent repellents to prevent rats and mice from returning to your home.  


Rodent-Proof your home-. Clean up the property a bit, do not offer them coverage to move unnoticed, so trim those branches and bushes.  Clean up bird feed and do not offer the rodent any additional food to enjoy in your yard.


Trash cans

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Learn More About Rats and Mice

Rats and mice are among the top pests that can not only be a startling pest in the home but can also become a health hazard just simply via there presence. Often these two creatures are confused for one another, but there are some ways to tell the difference between the two rodents.


Droppings: Mice have droppings the size of a grain of rice and a mouse has the ability to produce about 80 or more droppings a day. Mice don't discriminate when it comes to where decide to use the bathroom, so droppings can be found virtually anywhere and spread out. Rats on the other hand are about the size of olive pits and can be very conspicuous. Rats are very discreet and prefer to lay droppings in one area in order to help hide their presence.


Appearance: Mice are tiny, ranging from an inch to 5 inches or so with a tail which is the exame same length as its body. This is about the length of the palm of their hand. They are usually light brown colored or mixed with gray. Rats are much larger when compared to mice as they can be about 5 to 7 inches long or more and the tail is also about the same length as the body or slightly shorter.


Tendencies: Mice infestations usually carry a musky odor when they are present. They love to gnaw, so look out for damaged goods, wood or wires. Rats are also big gnawers and do so constantly, particularly at night time. Rats like to dwell in two places and thus they are divided into two main species. The roof rat likes to hang around high dwellings such as roofs, trees and attics while the Norway rat likes to inhabit the ground levels of the home and in burrows.


Disease: Why Rats and Mice are Such a Health Hazard

Rodents like rats and mice can pose a dual threat to your health. Not only do they carry diseases themselves, but they can also play host to parasitic insects that transmit disease. Rats and mice are known for contaminating food and destroying property. While the three main types of rodents most homeowners deal with are roof rats, house mice and norway rats, deer mice can also be a problem because they carry a virus that causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a serious disease with flu-like symptoms which often leads to death because no treatment or vaccine exists.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 20 to 40 cases of hantavirus reported in the US each year and 1/3 of those are fatal. House mice, the number one rodent pest in most parts of the world can transmit a virus called lymphocytic koryo meningitus virus or LCMV. This virus is particularly dangerous to pregnant women as it can cause birth defects.


Norway and roof rats which are larger and more aggressive than mice have been known to bite as well as transmit disease. The fur and skin of these two rat species can serve as breeding sites for fleas that may cause murine typhus and plague. Various species of rats and mice are found all over the country, so it is best to be vigilent and keep them from your home by removing food sources. Also, be sure to close off rodent entry points around your house.



Never Fear Solutions is Here!

While rodents can be a difficult pest to control, you can eliminate them from your home and you can do-it-yourself by ordering Solutions Pest & Lawn products! Here you'll find a wide selection of professional do-it-yourself rodent control products to treat your rat and mouse problems.


We carry rodent extermination products such as rodent traps, rodent repellents, rat and mouse bait, rodent live catch traps, and glue boards.


Along with these products, we also help through our easy to follow how-to guides and helpful instructional videos. We have on-call customer assistants and we deliver professional tips and advice from experts who have over 20 years of rodent experience. You will have all the tools and knowledge you need to tackle your rat and mice issues yourself.


Our experts at Solutions Pest and Lawn highly recommend these top five rat and mouse control products that you won’t find at your department store or big box retailer: Talon G Roden Bait, JT EATON Peanut Butter Bait Blocks, ZP Tracking Powder, Aegis RP Rodent Bait Stations, Contrac Blox Rat / Mouse Poison bait.


These products are among the best rat and mouse killing rodenticides on the market and are guaranteed to eliminate your rodent problem. If you were to hire a rat or mouse exterminator, it’s highly likely that they would utilize these products as a part of their treatment method.

 Rodent Prevention


Rodent Trapping: An Excellent Method of Control

Rodent traps come in the form of glue boards, traps and live animal traps. They are very effective in getting rid of rodents of all sizes: mice, rats, squirrels, beavers, gophers, etc. Benefits of using a rodent trap One of the greatest benefits of using a rodent trap is that you can use them virtually anywhere. Because you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals effecting food, children, pets or medical equipment, they can be placed in any residential area and most commercial areas. They can easily be hidden under or on top of appliances, furniture, etc. and can be easily placed out of reach of children and pets. 


Another huge benefit is that you don’t have to use harsh chemicals which can cause many problems and raise a threat in sensitive areas. Many establishments such as hospitals, child care facilities and/or places where food is prepared or served have certain laws against pest control chemicals due to health and safety concerns. However, they also have rules against the presence of rodents. So your best bet is to go with a rodent trap and kill two birds with one stone (pun intended). If those two reasons aren’t enough for you, many rodent traps are safe for animals and are considered a humane pest solution. Like we talked about in the previous segment, Havahart traps are very safe and so are traps by Humane Way. Using a rodent trap is so easy and comes with a large number of benefits for you, the pest and your environment. Before setting up your rodent trap or any other animal trap, be sure to read all warnings and directions and also see our tips for successfully trapping an animal.


Getting Rid of a Rat & Mouse Infestation Made Easy


While we have an excellent selection of products to choose from, the true measure of how effective the products will perform relies on proper application. Our experienced Solutions Pest & Lawn team will teach you how to identify, inspect and kill rats and mice effectively as well as prevent them from returning so you won’t have to worry about an infestation ever again.


Getting rid of rats and mice by yourself is easy and we will guide you through the entire process with our instructional materials and tutorials. Browse our Knowledgebase, view our how-to videos, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call us at (800) 479-6583 and we will give you all the help you need to confidently control and annihilate rodents in your home.


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