Rodent Control: Best Methods
In order to be effective with your rodent control you must understand the biology and habits of rodents. Rodents present a menace to your home once they take over and start to move in.
Mice invade your home searching for a warm place to live and a place where they can find constant water and food.
Mice contaminate more food than they consume because they urinate on everything.
Rats are extremely cautious about anything new that is introduced into their environment, so when traps and bait items are added, they tend to avoid them. Rats have colonies in attics and tend to live under concrete of porches, in attics, in the walls and any other place that is difficult to reach. Rats are known to carry and transmit several serious diseases and they also tend to be infested with parasites like ticks and fleas which they introduce to your home.
Rodents are found all around the world and are warm-blooded. They have large front teeth that are oversized and constantly growing, so they need to gnaw on things to keep their teeth down. The constant gnawing caused by rodents causes a lot of damage to homes. Rodents breed extremely rapidly, some all year around and others only at certain times of the year. Rats reach sexual maturity at just five weeks of age and interbreed with whatever partner is available at the time. A female rat can come into heat every four or five days and the gestation period is 22 to 26 days, with an average litter size of 10 – 12 babies.
Mice have a gestational period of 20 days and tend to have litters of 10 – 12. They will spontaneously come into estrus when exposed to males, so the situation of a growing population can definitely get out of control in a short amount of time. Rodents can branch off into a populated family tree of millions if left unchecked. It is important to identify that you have an infestation and proceed with rodent control as quickly as possible.
Rodents have a unique skeletal makeup that allows them to squeeze through small spaces like underneath doors. It is important to identify all of the possible holes that rodents can get through and seal them all. This can help with rodent control, but is generally not a complete answer to the problem.
Certain species of rats and mice can destroy large amounts of grain and other supplies in farming communities. These species feed on grains and seeds and their urine and faeces contaminate the surfaces that they come into contact with. It is important to deal with rodents as soon as it is confirmed that there is an infestation. A small population can quickly become extremely large in no time at all.
Keep all food sources contained and inaccessible if possible. All it takes is a few crumbs to feed a rodent population and garbage can become a big meal that will sustain an entire population. If you tend to keep grains and cereals around then store them in sealed containers to prevent contamination. Anything cardboard is an attractant to rodents because they chew those types of items up for nesting materials.
Seal possible points of entry with sheet metal and similar materials that rodents are unable to chew through. Some people think that placing steel wool in holes prevents rodents from getting into buildings and is an effective rodent control method, but over time moisture causes those materials to rust and disintegrate and reduces their effectiveness.
Pestrol offers a variety of effective rodent control, including:
Rodent traps. These traps capture live rodents and hold them until you release them which can be a lot more palatable to people than having to kill these small furry creatures. The traps are constructed with a strong galvanised mesh that cannot be chewed through. These traps are very simple to bait and set.
Once the trap has captured some critters it is time to let them go. You can take them away from the area of your home and release them a safe distance away to ensure that they will not return. The trap can be cleaned after use and there is no need to use any poison in it. Children and pets are safe around these traps because they do not spring shut and cause injury and there is no poison needed for their effectiveness. Pestrol has a range of sizes and types of live traps available.
Pestrol Impact Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller is a device that emits an ultrasonic noise. This high pressure sound can be slightly heard by humans but is not annoying to them. This device is effective for scaring away pests from the home that are not wanted including mice and rats. The device utilizes a variable pulse generator which changes the sound waves to alter them and prevent pests from getting used to the noises that are being emitted. Pestrol Impact Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller is an effective device that is environmentally friendly, contains no chemicals and is maintenance free and cost effective.
The sound waves generated by the device are from 15kHz to 25kHz with fully adjustable settings that can change the frequency. A transformer is supplied that utilizes 240V AC and 9V power. The unit is fully weather resistant and can be left outdoors all year around. The unit has a range of up to 10 metres and covers an area of 360 square meters. The device operates continuously with the option of a motion sensor that is built in, activating the device only when animals are nearby.
The three mode settings allow you to choose what works best for you. “Constant” is a setting that activates all of the noises available in the device at a variety of intervals, but the motion detector is not available on this setting. Motion sensor activates only when pests are nearby. Continuous sweep activates ultrasonic and sonic frequencies at different intervals and on a random basis.
The motion detector does not work with the continuous setting. Pestrol has several types of Animal Away devices including the type that plugs in and a solar option. When it comes to rodent control, these devices are very effective and safe.