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!