Checking and Ridding Your Home of Rodent Pests

Even homeless people worry about mice and rat infestations. Fighting rodents include identifying where rodents sneak into your home, closing off Potential Access Points and setting up traps or Rodent Bait Stations to kill the furry infiltrators. Even when an infestation is taken care of, routine inspections help make sure that new rodents can’t invade.

Looking for Rodents

Rodents are masters at hiding. By the time you see a mouse or rat, the damage has been done. It’s much easier to check for rodent damage than for rodents. Rodent warning signs include:

  • Nibbled or shredded paper, boxes, clothing or other dry goods.
  • An unpleasant, musty smell in rooms, cabinet drawers, closets or other closed-in areas.
  • Brown, grey or black torpedo or teardrop-shaped droppings. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come into contact with droppings.
  • Strange noises such as scratching, chewing or squeaking in the walls, behind furniture or in rooms.
  • Sudden appearance of dirty smudge marks around boxes, walls or furniture. Rats and mice leave rub marks with their bodies.

Mouse and Rat Traps

Areas of rodent damage are good places to put down Rat Traps or Rodent Baits. The old-fashioned snap traps tend to work best. Avoid glue traps as rodents will chew off stuck limbs in order to free themselves. Use more traps for mice than for rats. If rodents have been seen on the walls, nail traps to the walls when possible.

Bait traps with peanut butter, gumdrops or whole nuts not only attract rodents, but do not smell. Keep a list of where traps are so they can be quickly checked. Use gloves when disposing of dead rodents.

Poison and Bait

Poison is effective, if you do not have pets or children that could accidentally get into the poison. Rats and mice also experience Poison Shyness. This means that they quickly learn what substances are poisoned. If one poison does not work, try another.

Poison can be added to food like peanut butter or come in pre-mixed packets. Common rodent poisons include anticoagulants such as warfarin and bromethalin. Each bait station will need one quarter of a pound of poisoned bait to be effective.