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How To Determine the Best Rodent Control Methods in Your Home
- Choosing the Best Rodent Control is dependent on preference and your living situation. If you want to keep your device away from small children for instance, bait stations may be the better option.
- Mechanical Traps have an excellent reputation for effectively controlling mice and rats.
- Glue traps work by holding the rodent in place when it scurries across its surface.
When you spot telltale rodent droppings in your pantry or, gasp, on your kitchen counter or table, you naturally want to employ the very best method for efficiently and quickly controlling the mice or rats in your home.
Two of the most popular rodent-killing solutions, traps and baits, can help you battle the pests in your house, but which is best? According to experts, it just might come down to a matter of preference.
If you have children or pets in your household, be sure to use bait stations that are labeled as pet and/or child tamper resistant. Placing bait outside of the trap is not recommended.
Baits and Bait Stations
Bait stations are also effective forms of mice and rat control. Bait contains a type of poison. When a rodent nibbles some of it, it will die with a couple days. Mice are more curious eaters and will not hesitate to try the bait. Rats, on the other hand, are more cautious. It may take them slightly longer to make a meal of the bait. In both cases, however, the result is the same – the rodent will invariably succumb to the effects of the poison once it has eaten it.
Mice & Rat Mechanical & Glue Traps
When it comes to choosing the best rodent control, traps have an excellent reputation for effectively controlling the problem. From old-fashioned snap traps to glue boards, there are many traps on the market today that excel at pest control.
The Tomcat Mouse Snap Trap and the Tomcat Secure Kill Rat Trap, for instance, are designed to quickly control rodents. Snap traps are easy to use and inexpensive. The traps can be placed along base boards of walls or near rodent nests and baited with peanut butter or special bait gels like Tomcat Mouse Attractant Gel.
Glue traps provide an option for trapping rodents without having to deal with the risk of snapping fingers or paws. They work by holding the rodent in place when it scurries across its surface. Often it will die of dehydration or suffocation. Once caught in the glue, the rodent along with the trap must be disposed of. It's important to set up several snap traps in your home if you suspect a rodent infestation.
Members of your family also come into play when choosing the right method of control. While all rodent control products should be placed in somewhat low traffic areas for kids and pets, Tomcat offers products across all kinds of traps and baits to fit your family considerations.
Bait stations come in Kid & Dog and Kid Resistant levels of security to help ensure they do not come into contact with the bait. The stations are resistant to the puncture of dogs' teeth and kid's fingers can't reach in to touch the bait.
Tomcat also offers covered traps to ensure that fingers and paws don't get snapped. Glue traps also provide a pesticide free and snap free option.
No matter which method you choose, TOMCAT has the right product for you.
*Based on no-choice laboratory testing.
Should You Choose Traps or Bait Stations?
According to experts, both traps and bait are effective for killing rats and mice. It's simply a matter of preference.
When using traps, you'll need to dispose of the rodent once the trap does its work. In the case of the bait, the rodent typically disappears to die. Both of these types of rodent control should be placed out of reach of children and pets.
Today, most bait stations are labeled as pet and/or child tamper resistant, please verify by reviewing the product label, but bait refills must be kept secure and inaccessible to children and pets.
No matter type of pest control solution you choose, be sure to use the products as directed and use enough of them to control your home's infestation. If you find that your rodent control solution isn't killing rats or mice, try moving them to a different location in your home.
If you aren't sure which type of rodent control product to employ in your home, consider using both types. Both forms can work together to control pests in the house. You can use both mechanical traps and bait stations to create a powerful rodent control system. You can also use glue traps along with these other products. The key is to place your rat and mouse traps at the first sign of rodent activity. Because both mice and rats breed quickly, you'll need to get them out of your indoor or outdoor setting as soon as possible.