Traces left by a rat or mouse can be a sign of rodent infestation. It’s important to act quickly if you suspect their presence on your property. These pests can transmit diseases such as salmonellosis and Haverhill fever. What’s more, they can reproduce quickly. A mouse can be pregnant 48 hours after giving birth. Prevent rodent damage with these outdoor rodent prevention methods.
The bait box
What are the advantages of investing in a rodent trap?
A bait box is designed to trap a rat or mouse. It features a small opening designed to be accessible only to rodents. The integrated flavoured bait attached to a rod makes it very attractive. But don’t worry! It can be locked and secured. Its contents are therefore inaccessible to children and pets. What’s more, it’s reusable.
In addition to safe operation, a bait box offers many advantages:
- You can check the condition of the bait to make sure it has been consumed;
- The quality of the bait is protected from climatic conditions, which are essential for its effectiveness;
- It’s almost impossible for the rodent to carry the bait and endanger non-targets.
Also known as a baiting station, this tool is indispensable for rodent prevention.
How do I use it?
It’s important to invest in a baiting station that follows the standard. That is, with a leaflet and an authorization number. As a rule, the box is mounted on a wall or on the floor. Keep it out of the reach of children, pets and livestock.
One of the best ways to determine the right location for your bait box is by observation. Take note of areas where rodents frequently pass. Keep an eye on their movements to find out where they are sheltering. You can place the trap at or near these levels. This will give you a better chance of attracting them.
Next, attach the bait to the station rod. Care must be taken to prevent the rodent from carrying it out of the structure. Now all you have to do is wait. Note that the rat is a neophobic pest. This means he doesn’t like change. It will therefore take some time for him to approach and enter the box.
How do poison baits work?
Poison bait and rat poison indicate a chemical product designed to kill a rodent. Many private individuals and professionals use them to get rid of an invasion of rats or mice. The beauty of the product lies in its ability to kill the pest in a matter of days. And it’s all thanks to its difenacoum formula. This substance is an anticoagulant responsible for the imbalance in blood coagulation.
Poisoned bait has a double advantage. It is both a repellent and a poison. This makes it an interesting option for people looking for preventive solutions against rodents. The latter are clever beings capable of establishing a cause-and-effect relationship. They may be suspicious of a place or object associated with the death of other rodents.
A mouse that has died from ingesting poisoned bait does not produce a cadaverous odor. So she doesn’t die in excruciating pain. She will experience intense fatigue that will plunge her into a coma. Then she’ll die.
How to use poisoned bait
You’ll find a wide variety of poisoned baits on the market. They come in pasta, seed or block form. For every size of infestation, there’s a suitable substance. It may be worthwhile combining the rat poison with a baiting station for optimum effectiveness.
Here’s what you need to know about using bait:
- Wear protective rubber or plastic gloves when handling the product;
- Space the baits 2 to 5 meters apart to enhance the aroma of the substance;
- Set up the rodent trap in areas where rodents frequent;
- Place bait out of reach of children and pets. But also, away from foodstuffs;
- Locate rodent nests, as they tend to take refuge there to die;
- Read the instructions carefully;
- Keep a record of where and when baits are renewed;
- Inform the occupants of the house about the health hazards of the product.
Caulking remains one of the best options for keeping rodents away from your property. This practice is designed to plug holes through which pests can pass. These are cracks, holes and small openings. At the same time, this operation protects you from insect infestation.
There are 2 main stages in rodent-proofing: diagnosis and practice. Examination of the site helps determine which structures need to be caulked. We advise you to pay particular attention to doors, windows, walls, roofs and ventilation ducts. A hole of 1 cm or more must be repaired.
The next step is to treat the problem with a silicone or polyurethane sealant. Doing so in autumn improves the efficiency of the operation. At this time of year, rodents are looking for a place to take refuge during the winter. So they tend to invite themselves into our homes.
Our solutions for effective rodent prevention
There are many reasons to entrust the prevention of rodent infestations to a team of professionals. The number of pests to deal with is high. It is therefore possible that the proposed methods have not produced convincing results. At Brisebois Extermination, we have a variety of solutions adapted to the scope of your problem.
Our team is made up of rodent specialists with over 30 years’ experience in the field. Our telephone agent can provide you with an estimate of the cost of your project in just 2 minutes! And our experts usually visit the site on the same day you call!