Union County, Elizabeth Rat Control Situation:
Hi David....I just read your article on mice removal and am having an infestation problem in my attic. I have had several pest control companies over to my house and none of them have been able to solve my problem. The first company I had contracted was called Mack pest control and they threw a bunch of bait pouches around the attic and set traps for " Flying squirrels" which there were no flying squirrels and then eventually gave up. The next company I hired was a company called Apex Pest and Termite, again they failed to find the entrance points and eventually gave up as well. The current company I have is Orkin and they have not been able to pinpoint where the mice are getting in either. In fact the latest technician put down (4) glue boards in the attic and a block of the green poison bars in the center of each glue board lol. I am definitely not an expert in rodent control...but I highly doubt that is the proper method. This has been an ongoing problem now for 3 years, I have a 3,000 sq.ft. vinyl siding house with a pretty huge attic so the possible entry points could be anywhere, I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me on this matter, such as what company I could hire or an effective do-it-yourself strategy. Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.
Elizabeth Rat Control Tip of The Week
Why Are Mothballs And Ammonia Ineffective At Repelling Rats?
When it comes to repelling rats, the use of mothballs and ammonia are quite common, as many people consider using them to help keep rats away from their home. Despite how common these repellents are, their effectiveness is still questioned.
Mothballs and ammonia emit a strong smell that is believed to help repel rats by making them feel irritated, with the hope that the effects of the smell will make them lose interest in staying in a particular place and keep them away. The fact is, this might seem effective at the onset. But within a short time, these repellents lose their effectiveness and will no longer be able to repel rats.
Rats are covetous. When they see a need to stay around your home because there is abundant availability of food, they will ignore the effects of these repellents and continue with their activities. This simply means that if you choose to buy either mothballs or ammonia to repel the rats in your home, provided they see a greater need to stay, you will only be wasting your time because neither of the two repellents will help you in making your home rat-free.
Instead of using any of these repellents to help keep rats away from your home, you can focus more on making your home rat-proof. To do this, all you have to do is fix all the cracks and holes in your house which could serve as an entry point, get a very agile cat to help hunt them, and also keep your house and surroundings clean by removing trash. These are better ways to repel rats when compared with the use of mothballs and ammonia.