Rat/ Mouse/ Rodent Control
Rat/ Mouse/ Rodent Control
Congratulations! You saw a rat in your home/ factory/ premises and now you are in a panicky mode.
Not to worry. Here, we will give you a A to Z guide on how to deal with these unwanted visitors.
These are the usual scenarios that we received when people call us to deal with rodent problem.
If below don't solve your problem. Send us an email email@example.com and attached a few pictures to illustrate your case. We will recommend the best solution.
Often, when you see 1 mouse or rat, chances are the rest of the family are hiding or foraging nearby. For house mice, rats, you need to identify whether they are roof or sewer rats as the elimination methods are not the same. Telltale signs such as rat pellets or droppings can be a sign of a possible infestation too.
Read on to find out whether you are dealing with Roof or Sewer rats.
You hear scurry of noise on the roof attic. Gnaw marks at the electrical wires, pipes or roof. The roof rats are generally smaller and black in colour.
For roof rats, you can purchase glue boards and place them up in the attics or near your food source to trap them. For a start, don't invest in just 1 glue board. It does't mean that laying 1 glue board in your house and the rat will confirm be trapped by that glue board. You should put at least 5 traps all over the place to increase the chance of trapping.
These rats are bigger in size and lives at ground level. Thus most probably they enter your house or place by some holes or by the window.
As roof rats frequent drains and garden, their bodies are wet or oily. Thus glue traps generally do not perform well on them as glue doesn't stick properly on wet and oily furry skins. To increase the chance of trapping, use trap cages or snap traps. Or place the glue trap on top of dry card boards or newspapers so that it absorb the oil or dampness for the glue to stick better.
Should you use rodent poison?
We generally would advise our clients not to use rodent poison for the following reasons.
The rodent will most probably die in a hard to reach area of your house and the stench of a rotting dead rodent carcass will stink your entire house.
Refer to Answer for Scenario 1, Roof or Sewer Rats.
Answer. You have a serious infestation and probably need professional help from a Vector control operator. If you are still keen to do it yourself. You may try the following steps.
You probably have a sanitation problem. Solve your sanitation problem first. No matter how much trapping you do, your problems are not going to go away if your sanitation problem is not solve in the first place.
- Remove food spills and waste.
- Store all food supplies in airtight containers or in the fridge.
- Empty garbage bins regularly.
- Remove bulky items which can be potential hiding places.
- Cover gaps or crevices.
- Install strong wire meshes at gaps i.e. windows which can be potential entry points.
Use a variety of trap cages, snap traps, glue traps, rodenticides, Ultrasonic repellers, EMF repellers, electronic traps, UVC light sanitation,
Install these at your commercial premises to keep those rodents at bay.
SUMMARY (7 Important Tips!)
1. Place rat traps/ Glue boards at places with high rodents activity. Example, along the walls, corners , behind fridges, dim & dark places, places with rodent droppings...
2. Do not place baits on glue boards. Placing baits on glue boards actually make the rodent more cautious when approaching the glue board.
3. Placement of glue boards should be away from dust and water. it means that it should not be placed near the drains nor grass patches as the efficiency of the glue board would be greatly reduced. One way to get around this is to place the glue board on newspaper or cardboard to absorb the oil/ dust on the rodent's fur.
4. Secure the glue board onto the ground with adhesive tape. This is especially for sewer rats as they are larger in size and can escape if glue board is not properly secured.
5. Use more glue boards even if you are only catching "ONE" rodent. This is to cover more area and increase the chance of catching it. As many of our clients are not specialist in this field, using more glue boards will cover more areas and compensate for the lack of experience.
6. Patience. Don't worry if the rodent is not caught on the first day. Usually, rodents are very cautious creatures and will avoid anything new in their habitats.
7. Some glue boards are sold cheaply by using less glue. As rat glue is makes up a large portion of the cost, cutting edges will enable the product to be sold cheaply to unsuspecting customers. That's why some only catch furs while ours catch rodents.
8. We usually don't encourage customers to use rodenticides as rodents usually live in hard to access places. The stench of dead rat will leave you be sorry that you chose a easy method of killing it but a nightmare to get rid of the smell.