Ah! Spring. Get Ready for the Invasion!
“The first glance at the pillow showed me a repulsive sentinel perched upon each end of it–cockroaches as large as peach leaves–fellows with long, quivering antennae and fiery, malignant eyes. They were grating their teeth like tobacco worms and appeared to be dissatisfied about something. I had often heard that these reptiles were in the habit of eating off sleeping sailors’ toe nails down to the quick, and I would not get in the bunk any more. I lay down on the floor. But a rat came and bothered me, and shortly afterward a procession of cockroaches arrived and camped in my hair. In a few moments the rooster was crowing with uncommon spirit and a party of fleas were throwing double somersaults about my person in the wildest disorder, and taking a bite every time they stuck. I was beginning to feel really annoyed. I got up and put my clothes on and went on deck. The above is not overdrawn; it is a truthful sketch of inter-island schooner life.”
― Mark Twain, Roughing It
If Mark Twain had this much trouble with pests on a boat, imagine the problems waiting to occur in your home or business! We have spent a lot of time talking about preventing mole infestations in the spring. This article aims to help you prevent a wide range of problems with rats, moles and squirrels. If you have taken preventative measures in the fall and winter, that will greatly reduce anything you might have to do in the spring, but there is always something more one can do to pest-proof your home so you have to take less direct action later. We also realize that you use a wide range of direct measures including traps, poisons, dry ice (where it’s legal), and humane live traps for larger critters like groundhogs or skunks. You can use any of these solutions with your existing rodent control plan which we hope will include our premium quality traps for rats, moles, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, mink and rabbits !
- Traps are a great investment because you can use them season after season. Our premium quality rat and mole traps will last for years for the right application add the industrial strength Fenn Traps to compliment your existing arsenal.
- Peppermint is a great deterrent, as rats and mice hate the smell. So grow mint alongside your house! You can make tea and oils out of it for your own use (peppermint oil also kills ants, as well as aiding digestion and you can bake goodies with it too!) Planting citronella plants works well too, and of course, you can use citronella to repel mosquitoes. If you don’t want to grow peppermint, you can buy peppermint oil and soak cotton balls with it, and stick them into spots rats and mice appear most often.
- Clutter free home, basement, garage and yard—clean up that house and yard! Rats and mice are attracted to places with lots of cover and lots of opportunities for access to food. Clean out your cupboards and get rid of any open, old food. Use garbage cans that close securely. Clean up dog doo from your back yard as rats love to eat it.
- Get a cat. The smell and markings of a cat will be a great deterrent to rats and mice.
- Place gravel under your fence line. Moles don’t like the feel of gravel under their paws so they won’t tunnel through it.
- Trim those trees and bushes! Tree branches are superhighways for squirrels to get onto your roof and into your attic and garage. Keeping your yard neatly trimmed discourages rats and mice from coming in as well.
- Place compost into tightly sealed containers far away from your house. You can get locking compost boxes so you can compost in peace without inviting the neighborhood rat and mouse population to dinner!
- Place bird feeders away from the house. Rats, mice and squirrels love this easy access food source and they can all climb to eat at your tree top restaurant before your intended quarry, the birds, can get at the seed.
- Cover your chimney and stove pipes if you burn wood, with screens to keep pests like rats, mice, squirrels and roof rats out.
- Keep your firewood stack far away from the house. Rats, mice, squirrels, snakes and chipmunks love starting home communities in woodpiles.
- Keep vigilant about checking your home for outside holes and cracks in the foundation, siding, windows and eaves, and making sure those holes and cracks are sealed, and window screens and panes in good repair. Replace broken windows and screens immediately.
- Don’t leave pet food or water outside. When Rover is inside, so should his food and water dish be inside with him.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean and clear. This will help keep ants and other bugs out of your house too.
- Keep pallets stored off the ground so you don’t inadvertently give rodents a new home.
- Never leave exterior doors open. It does no good to go through all of these preventative measures if you’re just going to leave the door open for rodents and their friends and families.
Happy spring from the British Rat Trap Company and as always, don’t hesitate to contact us when you need the tools to eradicate rats, moles, roof rats, squirrels and other rodent pests!
Point local City, Municipal Government Public Health Departments and the Pest Control community interested in help for combatting the war on rat infestation to connect with us at Pest World 2018 booth # 733 – October 23rd – 26th in Orlando or simple have them reach out directly.
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