Bibb County, Macon Rat Control Situation:
Hi David, I'm trying to catch/kill a rat in my garage. I've set 3 snap traps and he has "snapped" all three of them but still got away. I did notice some blood on the 3rd snap trap but that's it. How do you think he got away from all 3? Is he too big for the traps to be effective? or was his head just not in the right place when the trap snapped? I placed them all along walls with the bait close to the wall. I've reset all my traps but so far he appears scared to go towards any of them. Any ideas?
Hi - I live in Manufactured house in a heavy wooded area. I am not sure if I have mice or rats, but I do have problems occasionally and too late already used poison. Can you tell me the average charge to hire someone and also where we might look for opening in manufactured house as there is no attic and only a crawl space underneath the house. I am terrified of these critters and do not want them in my house. Will they be attracted bu rawhide and such types of dog bones? As I have two dogs and it is hard to keep track of there chew stuff they like to hide. Thanks for any advice you can spare.
Macon Rat Control Tip of The Week
Rats And Black Pepper
Rats eat almost anything. In their search for food, they can gnaw on plastic, wood, and even electrical wiring. A rat presence in your home can cause a lot of economic damage.
When this expense is added to the health problems rats' body fluids can cause, the best thing a person can do is getting them out of the house as soon as possible. The most common extermination way is using traps or rodenticides. However, there are more natural methods such as the use of peppers that cause unpleasant odors and tastes for the rodent and quickly drive them away.
Odors That Repel
Using repellents with unpleasant odors for rats is a way to keep them away from you in a friendly way. The advantage of not having to deal with the rodent's carcass can be worth the effort of constantly using these temporary methods. Rodents use their sense of smell to socialize as well as to survive. An odor such as ammonia often drives them away because it is very similar to the urine of large animals that could devour them. Spicy odors are perceived as dangerous chemicals that are also often avoided at all costs.
Spicy food odors are unbearable for rats, thanks to their high capsaicin content. These natural compounds give the food its spicy effect, but they are also often very irritating to the mucous membranes and lungs of rodents. If ingested, they can cause a burning sensation in the taste buds and olfactory glands. Pepper is known to be able to scare away rats temporarily although this is not scientifically proven.
For all those people who are afraid of having to deal with poisons or homemade traps, finding new and less harmful options is a headache; however, homemade repellents like black pepper avoid harming other animals and humans, being a perfect choice. In any case, even if they are harmless odors, it is advisable to seek the advice and follow the instructions of a professional in the field.