Rodent Control

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Keith's Pro Tips

"When controlling rats and mice, it is important to not clean up their droppings right away. The left-behind feces will act as a signal to the rodents that the area is safe and routinely traveled by themselves or other rodents, which will increase your trapping and baiting rate. Once you notice that rodent activity has dropped, you can then clean and sanitize."

Rats and Mice Control: How To Get Rid of Mice and Rats

This page is a general rats and mice control guide. By using the products and methods suggested you can get control of any rats or mice species. The rats and mice category pages give additional information on the different species. Follow these guides and use the recommended products and we guarantee 100% control of all rats and mice.

Rodents like rats and mice may look cute in children's cartoons, but when you are 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 are not 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 have infiltrated your home. Once they have 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 homes structure and possibly even ruin the electrical components of your home by chewing on wires.

If you are dealing with a rodent product, the following DIY guide can help. Learn the techniques of proper rodent control as well as what the best professional products are for getting rid of the infestation quickly and affordably.

Identification

Norway Rat on White Background

Before you can carry out a treatment program, you need to be certain that the invading pest you are dealing with is a rat or mouse and not some other rodent. Generally, identifying rats and mice can be easy as they all have fur, tails, whiskers, and move quickly. Treatment can vary, however, depending on whether they are a rat or a mouse. It is easier to identify them by their infestation locations.

  • Indoors you're most likely seeing House Mice. House Mice are about 2 to 3 inches long and have tails that measure about 3 to 4 inches. They have large ears and a pointed nose. Roof rats can also be seen indoors but mainly in attics. If Norway rats infest homes, they are coming from outdoors.
  • Outdoors you can find Norway Rats, Deer Mice, and Roof Rats. Roof Rats usually travel along fence lines, trees, and roofs and weight about 14 ounces. Norway Rats are the biggest and burrow underneath structures. Deer Mice are small, have large ears, and are extremely agile.

If you can't determine the exact species of rat or mice you're dealing with, then continue on with this guide as it will cover both indoor and outdoor rat and mice issues.

Inspection

Rodent Droppings

After you have identified the rodent problem you have, proceed with inspection. Before you can apply treatment, you need to know the areas that rodents are visiting and where they are hiding. During the inspection, you will be looking for rodent activity and the rodents themselves. Inspect at night, the time when rodents are most active.

Where To Inspect

Indoors look in your kitchen, bathroom, attic, basement, and garage. In the kitchen, look in floor level cabinets, pantries, behind appliances, and under sinks. In the garage inspect behind equipment, storage items, and baseboards. In the attic or basement, inspect walls and baseboards.

Outdoors check your foundation and lawn. You should also observe gaps and holes outdoors that may serve as a point of entry for the rodents. Also check your flower beds; where vegetation has been compressed down to the soil is a sign where rodents are running back and forth.

What To Look For

You're looking for rat and/or mice activity. Indoors this includes feces, smear marks, fur, chewed openings, and rodents. In the kitchen, look at the food goods you store at ground level, are they chewed? Along baseboards, look for fur and smear marks that look like grease stains. Inside cabinets, baseboards, and walls, look for chewed openings. And finally, check for small feces around your home. Feces smaller than 1/4 inch are mice feces, larger feces means rats.

Outdoors you're looking for burrows (or holes) in the lawn and near the foundation. Also, pathways in your lawn that have been compressed to the soil. Take a note of the places where you found rodent activity, this is where you will apply treatment.

Treatment

Once you have confirmed rat or mice activity it's time to begin treatment. Remember to read product labels and follow the application instructions on these labels, and stay safe wearing personal protective equipment.

Rodent treatment starts with a detailed cleanup in and around your home to eliminate food sources the rat or mice is enjoying. Once that is done, you can treat with a combination of Eratication Bait and a Solutions Bait Station outside your home and trapping products (either a glue trap, snap trap or live trap) indoors.

Step 1 - Preliminary Cleanup

Cleaning to discourage rodents

Before proceeding with baits and traps, it's best to first eliminate their food and water source that is drawing rats and mice to your property. 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.

Outdoors, keep weeds and overgrown vegetation under control, we want to make it difficult for them to roam around unnoticed and offer them as little coverage as possible. Make sure your trash can lids are tight and that pet food is not accessible to rats and mice.

Step 2 - Layout Eratication Bait Outdoors

eratication rodent bait aegis bait station rats and mice

Eratication is a rodenticide made with real peanut butter and seeds, and is 100% guaranteed to attract and kill rodents. The bait is shaped into blocks with pre-drilled holes so that it can be easily applied inside bait stations. Eratication Rodent Bait contains diphacinone which is an effective but slow killing poison that prevents bait shyness.

The Solutions Bait Stations are used to protect the bait blocks from the weather, your pets, and other wildlife. These stations feature a tamper-proof lid, requiring a key (included) to open, to keep children, pets and non-target animals from reaching bait.

When handling rat bait, stations, and traps, it is important that you wear gloves. This not only protects you from the bait, but will keep your scent off the station. If a rodent smells human activity, they might avoid the stations and bait.

Open the bait station with the key that comes with the product. Place three Eratication Bait Blocks through the metal rods in the station, and close the station. Next, put the bait station close to your foundation, near a suspected burrow, or where you noticed rodent activity.

Use 2 bait stations outside with six bait blocks 20 to 40 feet apart from each other. Check the bait stations frequently and replace any bait that has been chewed on or eaten. Keep replacing until there is no longer feeding activity.

Step 3 - Set Up Traps Indoors

Now you're ready for indoor treatment. Solutions Pest & Lawn carries lethal and non-lethal traps, so the choice of what you should use is yours. Before placing traps, remember to wear gloves to avoid leaving your scent on the traps.

Solutions Pro Glue Tray traps are hassle-free and effective in trapping rodents. They do not contain any harsh chemicals or poisons, so are great to use in areas sensitive to toxic baits. These traps also have non-allergenic peanut butter impregnated in the glue to attract rodents, and can be easily placed in many different areas.

The Solutions Easy Set Traps also provides easy sanitary methods to eliminate rats and mice. The Easy Set is a sturdy snap trap made of durable plastic and steel. Its design makes it simple to set the trap, reducing the chance of snapping a finger and allows the release of a dead rodent with having to touch the rodent's carcass.

Solutions Pro Glue Tray

Solutions Pro Glue Tray

Place Solutions Pro Glue Trays in areas where you identified rodent activity. Place them against walls and vertical surfaces, as rodents tend to travel alongside walls. Generally, for a rat infestation, we recommend 2 Glue trays.

Solutions Easy Set Rat Traps

Place the snap traps where you have located rodent activity. Place them along baseboards, with the trigger facing the wall. You can also place a pea-size drop of peanut butter on the trigger, to force rodents to make contact. For rat infestations, we recommend buying two snap traps.

Do not let children or pets interact with the traps.

Prevention

copper mesh rats and mice

Rodents infestation can be avoided with a good prevention plan. If you create an environment that is not welcoming of rodent activity, rodents will move to a new home that offers better opportunities. You can prevent a rodent infestation by eliminating food sources and water. Find any leaks in your home or basement and fix them and clean them up. Put pet food, food boxes, and food supplies in hard to reach places or put them in inaccessible plastic containers.

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

Maintain a regular cleaning schedule, wash your dishes, take out the garbage, and clean food crumbs and spills. To prevent rodents from coming inside, locate cracks and crevices in your foundation and seal them using caulking or copper mesh (if all entry points are sealed they can't get inside).

Trim tree limbs that hang over the roof of your property. These tree limbs will offer a way for rats to move from property to property. Clean up your flower beds and regularly clean your yard. Wood debris and leaf debris will create harborage areas for rodents. Consider getting rid of bird feeders. Seeds with time fall on the ground and provide rodents with another reason to visit your property.

Key Takeaways

What are Rats and Mice?

  • Rats and Mice are destructive rodents that can multiply quickly and are a health hazard if they are not addressed quickly.

How To Get Rid of Rats and Mice

  • To get rid of Rats and Mice, we recommend a preliminary cleanup followed by using a combination of rodenticide baits outside and traps inside (either lethal or non-lethal depending on your preference).

Preventing Rat and Mice Reinfestation

  • Prevent re-infestation of rodents with routine cleanups and exclusion with caulk and copper mesh.
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