Rodents2018-09-07T17:14:11+00:00

Rodent Removal

What to expect when we bait for rodents

Rodent Control – What to expect when we bait for rodents

When rats, mice, and other type of rodents invade your home, they can create problems ranging from structural damage to carrying diseases.  Our technicians are trained in the most effect rodent control methods.  We will inspect your home or business for signs of mice or rats, locate and point out any potential points of entry, and create a custom treatment plan for your home or facility.

Even if you have not seen a mouse or a rat, that does not necessarily mean that you do not have an infestation.  There are other signs to look out for that will be indicators of their presence.  First, you may see rodent droppings, which are typically seen along the baseboards, in boxes or bags, or near where food may be stored or prepared, such as under kitchen sinks, pantries, drawers, cabinets or storage bins.  You might also notice chewed of gnawed holes in food packages, dry food products, or pet food.  At night, you may also hear rodents as they are feeding or moving around.

First our technician will start with a thorough inspection to determine how the rodents may be gaining access into your home.

Once that is determined, Mug-A-Bug will seal off any minor avenues with a silicone based caulk or we may even use some steel wool. Any major points of entry or avenues such as: weather stripping that is missing or construction deficiencies, our technicians will point those out to you and make recommendations to have them corrected or addressed.  The denial of access to your home is the first and most important step in helping to achieve rodent eradication.

When it comes to diet, mice and rodents have certain preferences, but they will eat any type of food that they find. There are two different methods to help aide in keeping your home rodent free.  First, do not provide them with access to your food. Store your dry goods (cereal, rice, grains) in hard plastic sealable containers that cannot be chewed through. Secondly, by sealing any access points to your home or your business, as we mentioned above.  However, there is a general misconception that mice will eat or chew electrical wiring or wood, but that is not the case.  They are simply chewing or gnawing on these materials to sharpen their teeth.

Our technicians will place a rodenticide bait inside your home.  This bait will be placed inside a tamper-resistant, labeled, bait station, and we will make every effort to place these bait stations in areas where children and pets cannot readily access them.  Bait stations are not a trap and will not catch or keep the rodents inside, they are essentially a feeding station where the mice can go in, feed on the bait, and then exit.  Rodenticides are the best method of control for rodents as they will continue to work for you 24-7as long as there is bait inside for the rodents to feed on.  Once the bait has been consumed, the bait station is no longer working for you.  For this very reason, Mug-A-Bug will commonly recommend monthly follow-up visits for the first few months after we have placed the bait stations to ensure that you always have bait inside your bait stations.  After eradication has been achieved, we typically recommend a maintenance program every other month so that we can provide you with year-round coverage and protection against rodents.

In most cases, 12-18 rodent stations would be placed in and around your home to provide the proper control.  Mug-A-Bug is a firm believer in an exterior perimeter baiting program, as the exterior of your home or business is the first line of defense before any rodents enter your home or facility.  Most rodents will feed within a 25-ft. radius, so we will place weighted exterior bait stations within that range all around the exterior of your home or business.

It typically takes three-five (3-5) days for the bait to take effect, and you may notice that the color of the rodent droppings (feces) will have a greenish or reddish tint after the rodent has eaten the bait, this shows that the bait is working.  We recommend you clean up any rodent droppings you see during the first 14 days after our treatment.  This way, you will still be able to monitor and see if mice are still active. Activity may continue 14-21 days after the first initial treatment, and should you continue to have issues after 30 days, please contact our office and schedule one of the monthly follow-up treatments that would have already been recommended by the service technician during your initial treatment.

If you have pets in the backyard, we would notplace out any rodent bait stations in those areas to further help prevent any accidental pet exposure.  Should you choose to have us still install bait stations in these areas, our service technician will require you to sign a rodenticide waiver for our office to keep on file.

Rodents are a nuisance and very persistent when invading your home and business.  Have confidence that Mug-A-Bug will provide you with absolute control and a rodent free environment.  Call us today for quick results!

FAQs

What if my cat or dog eats a dead mouse that I suspect has died from the rodent bait?2018-08-20T21:11:28+00:00

Please use the following link to refer to a chart on our website which will show how many dead mice your cat or dog will need to consume at one feeding (which means mouse, after mouse, after mouse, all in a row and at one time).  https://www.mugabugpestcontrol.com/emergencies/emergency-info/ This chart can be found under the heading “Secondary Non-Target Exposures to Anticoagulant Rodenticide Baits”.  Most rodenticides used at Mug-A-Bug do not cause any type of secondary poisonings to other animals/pets.

What information will my vet need if I need to take my pet to the veterinarian for treatment?2018-08-20T21:10:29+00:00

They will need to know the name of the rodent bait or the active ingredient that is used in the rodent bait. All of this information can be found on the service ticket that was emailed over to you.  You can also go to our website at https://www.mugabugpestcontrol.com/emergencies/pesticides-msds-labels/ and you will find the complete list of products that we use.  It is in alphabetical order for quick reference and you will be able to click on the SDS or Label next to each product.  You will be able to print off that information and provide that to your veterinarian.  The most commonly used rodenticide by Mug-A-Bug is DIATRAC BAIT BLOCKS (for quicker reference of this product’s SDS (Safety Data Sheet) follow this link: https://www.mugabugpestcontrol.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/DitracMSDS.pdf .  Other rodenticides that are used are: Final Bait Block and Kaput Mouse Blocks.  As with most rodenticides, Vitamin K is the antidote for any accidental pet poisoning.

What if my dog chews on one of your bait stations and eats the baits inside?2018-08-20T21:09:56+00:00

While our technicians make every effort to place the rodent bait stations out of the reach of your pet, there is a small risk that this can happen. If your dog does pop open our bait station with its teeth/mouth and consumes the bait, please use the following links to help determine what to watch for and when to know if you should take your dog to the veterinary.  We recommend calling NPIC (National Pesticide Information Center http://npic.orst.edu ) at 800-858-7378 (M-F from 10am – 2pm MST) to speak with a pesticide professional.  They are unbiased and will provide you with what information you will want/need.  Other companies that you can contact are Rocky Mountain Poison Control 800-222-1222 (https://www.copoisoncenter.org/), or Animal Poison Control 888-426-4435.

How does a bait station work and does it catch or keep the mice inside?2018-08-20T21:09:21+00:00

Bait stations work just like a fast-food drive-up. The mice can go in, feed on the bait, and then exit the bait station.  It does not catch or keep the mice inside.  We cannot control where the mice go after they have feed on the bait that is inside, and there is a very small risk (less than 1%) that the mice will die inside your home.  There should not be an odor unless they die under a direct heat source such as the refrigerator motor or the furnace. Should the mice exit your home, they will use the same avenues that they used to gain access inside your home.

What does tamper resistant mean when it comes to bait stations?2018-08-20T21:06:40+00:00

The EPA has a list of requirements that a bait station must meet in order to be classified as “tamper resistant”. This means that the bait station must be an unbreakable black plastic box, although some may vary in color, with a locking lid.  It must be strong enough to prohibit entry or destruction by dogs and children under the age of six years of old, by using their hands, feet, paws, or objects commonly found in the environment (sticks, stones, broken glass, etc.)  The type of bait stations that we used are classified as Tier 1. https://www.epa.gov/rodenticides/choosing-bait-station-product-household-use.  As with any animal, there are always exceptions to the rule when it comes to pets.

How many treatments will I need?2018-08-20T21:06:10+00:00

It is not uncommon for our technicians to recommend a few monthly follow-ups for 2-3 months to make sure that we achieve eradication. Since the bait stations are a food source for the mice, if the bait station has bait inside, it will continue to work.  Once the bait is consumed, the bait station is no longer working for you.  In severe infestations, our technician may recommend a follow-up in two weeks, but once a month should be more than enough to keep the baits replenished and working for you.  Once we notice that the bait is no longer being consumed, or reduced feedings is observed, we can switch your service frequency to bi-monthly (every other month) or quarterly (every three months).  If we should see increase again, we would recommend that you go back to more frequent service.

How do you treat for mice?2018-08-20T21:05:39+00:00

We use a few different methods of treatment for mice, and each method would depend on the type of account and what environmental factors may be present. For almost all residential accounts, our technicians will use our tamper resistant rodent bait stations.  These stations are a hard-black plastic “container” that will lock closed and we will have to have a special key to open the bait station.  We will place them in out of reach areas where children and pets cannot readily access the bait.  In some instances when dogs are present, we may not place bait stations in the back yard or in areas where dogs can easily get to them.  Other methods include tin cats, but those are generally used in commercial kitchens.  Rodent bait stations are placed both inside and outside of the home.  On the interior, they are going to be placed in out of reach areas such as: under the kitchen sink, bottom of your pantry, behind the stove, under the refrigerator, under the bathroom sink vanity, in garage corners or behind garage shelves, etc. For the exterior they will be placed around the garage door, each corner of the home, beside man doors going to the exterior of the home from the garage, etc.  They may also be placed in/around a shed/storage area.

How are mice getting inside my home?2018-08-20T21:04:32+00:00

It only takes ¼ of an inch for mice to squeeze into your home. They will squeeze and flatten themselves out to make it inside an opening that small.  The most common access points are your plumbing penetrations or electrical conduits around your home.  Garage doors that do not close all the way or that have weather stripping missing are also other avenues that mice use to gain access. A good rule of thumb is that when you are inside your garage and the door is closed, if you can see daylight coming in around the bottom of the door, that is all mice need. As part of our initial treatment of your home for mice, our technician will also complete a thorough inspection both inside and outside of the home to see how the mice are getting in.  Any small avenues that we can correct or repair for you by using steel wool or silicone, our technician will do that, but other larger avenues or construction deficiencies, our technician will point those out and make recommendations to have them repaired.

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