Rats and mice are problematic in so many ways. They contaminate food, carry diseases, and cause destruction. Both are mainly active at night. While a rat can slip through an opening of only ½ inch (the size of a quarter), a mouse can slip through an opening of only ¼ inch (the size of a dime). Once they establish residence in your yard it is inevitable that they will eventually establish residence within the home or business, therefore it is important to gain control of them before that happens. In general, rats can produce up to 20 – 40 offspring within a year (depending on the species and circumstances) and mice can produce up to 60 in a year.
Method of treatment for Rat & Mouse Control:
- Trapping is an effective way to control rats and mice and avoid the stench. This method is great for minor populations.
- Baits are also an effective way to control rats and mice, especially with a heavier population. There have been some changes to the way bait products are used and it is recommended that a licensed professional baits for rats/mice as misuse of any baits can be detrimental to other non-target animals. It is also important to understand the difference between first generation, second generation, and non-anticoagulant baits. We only use first generation or non-anticoagulant baits to minimize risks to non-target animals. http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/registration/reevaluation/chemicals/brodifacoum_final_assess.pdf (recent study on first generation, second generation, and non-anticoagulant products).
- Rodent repelling devices are not effective. Rats/mice get accustomed to the noise.
- Glue traps can work, but they can also create a situation in which the animal suffers or they can catch other non-target animals such as baby bunnies or lizards.