TECHNOLOGIST PEST CONTROL RAT CONTROL And mice control
"Rat" and "mouse" are not scientific classifications. These words are common names for rodents that look alike to the casual eye.
What is a Mouse?
Mouse is used to describe tiny, sparrow-sized rodents with long thin tails. As with rats, there are many species of rodents called mice which may or may not be closely related to each other: house mice, field mice, deer mice, smoky mice, spiny mice, and dormice are all called mice.
What is a Rat?
Rat is used to describe medium-sized rodents with long thin tails. There are many species of rodent that are called rats: roof rats, Norway rats,and shrews. These different rodent species may not be closely related to each other at all!
RAT CONTROL METHODS
1. The First Step for Rat Control is Sanitation, Inspection and Exclusion
Inspection is an important first step in getting rid of rats. Once you know the location of the rats, you can set traps or place bait.
Exclusion is an important rodent control technique. It will get rid of the rats by making it difficult for them to enter the home or structure. Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger. Mice can enter an opening as small as 3/8" wide.
All openings greater that 1/4" should be sealed to exclude mice. For rats, all openings greater that 1/2" should be sealed.
2. The Second Step for Rat Control is Trapping or Baiting
The most effective methods to get rid of rats is trapping them and placing rodent baits.