Find out how to choose the right rodent products for your problem and use them effectively.
Do you want to speed up the process of rodent elimination? These six, time-tested principles from the experts at TOMCAT will help you maximize your efforts.
Your choice of rodent control product depends upon several factors, including:
An inspection of your home will reveal the problem areas and the species involved - mice or rats (See Meet the Rodents for complete descriptions). Place bait or traps wherever rats or mice travel - usually next to walls or anywhere you've seen droppings, nesting materials, gnaw marks, or other signs of rodents. Plus, rodents are climbers and may be scurrying along pipes, beams, or false ceilings. Always place rodent control products out of the reach of children and dogs. Glue traps can be helpful in tracking rodent activity. Set them in a wide variety of areas to help in confirming where the mice are traveling on a regular basis.
A common mistake in controlling rats and mice is underestimating their numbers and not putting out enough bait or traps. Place enough bait or traps to get rid of all of them. Otherwise, they will reproduce and the problem will start all over again.
Rodent device placement inside buildings depends on which rodent you are dealing with. Below are basic guidelines, but place more devices closer together for severe problems.
With bait, the label is the law. Before using any product, read the instructions carefully. The label instructions give useful information on bait or trap placement. If you need help in using Tomcat rodent control products, please see the Using Traps or Using Baits sections of the website.
TOMCAT bait blocks are always sold in, or with, a bait station. This is done to help ensure that children, dogs, and other wildlife won't come into contact with the bait. Bait stations are available in different sizes targeted to both rats and mice. Since rodents feel secure in these bait stations, they're enticed to find and eat the bait. And don't forget to place bait stations in areas where you've seen signs of rodent activity so you can achieve the best results.
TOMCAT offers stations that have been tested and proven tamper-resistant to kids and kids & dogs in both disposable and refillable options. However, it is still safest to place all rodent control products in areas where they're not accessible to children and dogs.
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You can reduce the chances of having a severe or persistent rodent problem by performing rodent-proofing measures - such as plugging holes where mice or rats are entering your home. Also, remove the rodent's access to food and water; store food and pet food in containers, and get rid of clutter in the trouble spots. Ultimately, disrupting the rodent's environment causes them stress and may send them scurrying. See the article Rodent Proofing Your Home for more detail.