Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Is it a Rat or Mouse?

Rats and mice are tow completely different beings aside from coming from the realm of rodents. Mice are friendly and come out in the open and rats are neophobic and rarely come out to play. You can tell you are experiencing a rat problem usually be the droppings you find. The dropping of a rat looks like a tick tac and is much lager than a mouse dropping.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Seal mice and rodents out of your home and garage

Excluding mice and rats from even entering your property is the best defense against a rodent infestation. Gaps around your garage door or missing weather stripping under your doors can be an invitation for trouble. Pipes and wires that enter the building or home with openings around them can also be a conduit for entry. Sealing these holes in your garage or other areas that offer entry for mice can be the best thing for you to do. Products like stuf-fit, a copper product that allows you to stuff holes and gaps is a great product for this. Steel wool also works just a good but can rust. Great Stuff, an expandable foam, is a good product to seal around pipes and wires. The old stand by caulk is also excellent. Replace any worn or missing weather stripping around doors. Doing this will help you have a mouse proof season.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Mouse Traps

Where can you find a better mouse trap? Well until someone becomes the next great American inventor, you'll be hard pressed to find this trap. So you will have to keep with the old standards which happen to work very well if they are used correctly and baited with the proper attractants. The trick to trapping mice is to use lots of traps in the areas you see them. Don't skimp! Snap traps, glue traps, mechanical traps, they all work great. The best place to buy them is online at a do it yourself pest control supply house so you can get good price for bulk. Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Mice can get into anything

My wife had a mouse at work that has been eating all of the flour and baking goods in the pantry at an after school program she works at. She kept telling me that all the baking goods are in a tupper ware type bin with a lid that sort of snaps on. It is one of those bins you buy at Target or Wal-Mart for storage, problem is, they are not mouse proof! If you are storing things like sugar, flour, chocolate chips, anything like this, you should really keep it in a jar with a screw-on lid. Mice are really resourceful and tricky and my wife and the staff at the after school program are learning this quickly. So the lesson to learn here is to not underestimate the power of the mouse and keep your dry goods locked up.