Rodent control can be accomplished by the use of baits, traps and repellents. But before any of these are used it is very important to deny the rodents the essentials for life. These include harborage (a place to live and hide), food and water. Proper sanitation is the key to any type of long range pest control.
BAITS---Baits come in pellet and block form. For mice we recommend Maki Pellets, and for rats we recommend the Contrac Blocks. These are both strong anticoagulant products that make the rodents die from internal bleeding. Vitamin K is the antidote for accidental poisonings of pets but extreme care should be taken to keep these products away from nontarget animals. The use of Tamper Proof Rat Bait Stations is highly recommended. This sheet metal station will allow the rat to go inside and feed but will not allow a dog or child to get the bait out.
NEVER USE A BAIT INSIDE YOUR HOUSE IF YOU HAVE A CHILD LESS THAN 3 YEARS OF AGE OR A DOG. IF YOU USE THE BAIT OUTSIDE MAKE SURE YOUR DOG CANNOT GET TO IT. IF HE DOES, VITAMIN K IS THE ANTIDOTE. SEE YOUR VET!!
TRAPS---We are all familiar with snap traps. These work, at least until the rodents learn how to avoid them. Glue boards are also available for rats, but rats are large animals and very often pull off these and get away. A better solution for rats is to use a Chipmunk Trap. This size of live animal trap will catch squirrels, rats and chipmunks. The big advantages of live traps are that the animals do not get trap shy, the trap will last for years and can be used for several different types of rodents. If you release the rodents unharmed remember to take them at least 5 miles from home so they will not return.
There are also two types of live traps available for mice. These are the Tin Cat and the Mouse Master. Both catch multiples of mice unharmed.
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