Why is rodent prevention so important?
Fighting the invasion of rodents as soon as signs of their habitation appear is critical for your success to protect your property from a full-scale invasion. As mentioned in the article, Rodent Control, Removal, and Prevention, rats can populate your dwelling at an incredible rate. So don’t wait. Fight back now. Here are some tips to help you wage your battle and strengthen your rodent prevention skills.
In Southern California there are 5 main types of rat or mouse rodent species that you need to be on the watch out for – the House Mouse, the Deer Mouse, the Norway Rat, the Roof Rat, and the Wood Rat.
These rodents co-exist with humans and closely associate with human habitats for food, water, and shelter. If living conditions for the rodents (food, water, and shelter), are right, they can multiply quickly.
In your rodent control program, the essential first step is to eliminate or control their food, water and shelter provisions. After this first step, use the methods of trapping and baiting to get rid of the rodent population.
Place rat traps in the right location.
Rats prefer to walk along walls and fences, in dark places, away from bright lights. It is important you set your traps in the correct locations. If you can find signs of rats or rodent habitation, place your traps in the immediate area, along walls. Set the trap in a way that forces the rodent to approach the bait close to the wall. This leaves less chance for a rat or rodent to avoid the trap.
Bait traps with these proven options.
Food with strong smells — nuts, fish or moldy cheese — are best at luring rats into traps. Peanut butter is a favorite of rats and other rodents. Kibble and bits of dog food also work well, but may prove challenging if the bait isn’t stuck to the trap effectively.
Teach rats to trust traps.
You might find that your bait has disappeared but your rat trap hasn’t sprung. Don’t be discouraged. This happens. Simply rebait the trap and try again. Rats are skitterish, but once they come to accept the trap as a normal object in their environment, they become more prone to carelessness and in turn set off the traps.
Keep trap bait poison-free.
Poison just isn’t your best option when implementing a rodent prevention strategy. Part of the process, as undesirable as it may be, is the elimination of the rats that have been trapped.
When you poison the bait, and if the rat or rodent hasn’t set off the trap, it may die in an unwanted area of your property – under floors, in walls, in the attic. It doesn’t take much for the smell of a decomposing carcass to invade your living or work spaces.
Wear gloves when holding rat traps.
Wearing gloves serves two purposed when handling the traps. The first is they prevent your oils to rub on to the traps. Rats have keen olfactory sense and can smell a human scent.
After the rat has been trapped, it is critical to wear gloves as rats do carry bacteria, virus, and disease. Don’t touch the traps with your bare skin. Protect yourself thoroughly.
Use as many traps as needed.
It is almost always true that for every rat you think you have, 3 more are lurking in the shadows. Set up 3 traps in each location. You may find you’ll trap more than one rat in a single night this way. Continue to set and place the traps until there has been no sign of rodents or rats for 2 weeks.
Traps rats outdoors to inhibit repopulation.
An ultimate truth is it is better to strengthen your rodent prevention strategy outdoors if possible, thus improving your chances of keep those rodents out of living spaces. Even when you feel all the local rats have been taken care of, leave some scattered traps on your property to help prevent repopulations.
Bigger buildings call for professional results.
Need rodent prevention from office buildings? Call the experts. A professional company will develop a maintenance plan that will help eliminate and prevent rodent infestation.
Call the pros.
While we‘ve include a good amount of advice and tips so you can start protecting your home from rodent invasions, for some, the best course of action is to call the professionals. Professional service providers already have all the materials needed and the experience to protect your home in an effective manner.
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