Monroe County, Rochester Rat Control Situation:
Hey Dave, we live in what we estimate to be in the area of a 100 yr. old one level house that is sitting on columns. The crawl space is similar to your web pica, very small. Rats & mice have been a concern since we moved in !8 yrs ago. All along I've been using sticks of poison. They take the sticks & seem to disappear. I don't know how they're getting in or out or if they are dying under there, and the process continues. I've tried using a snap trap but it seems the peanut butter dries up & is useless. Some company gave us an estimate of $10,000 to seal the cp but couldn't guarantee the rats wouldn't return. Maybe I haven't done enough inspection for entry/exit. Any advice ? Thanks, Mike
Dear Sir/Madam, Would you please recommend me an experienced company good at killing rats and mice? I noticed the problem more than one year ago. June last year, I hired EcoFirst to eliminate the rats and mice, and at that time, I signed a Contract with the company for one year. A half year later, that company was bought by Terminix, and it took over the job. So far, more than one year has passed, and they have come to my house several times, but the problem has NOT been solved at all, and it becomes more serious. June last year, the rats (mice?) were found in the Garage. Now, the rats (mice?) comes to my kitchen. This was noticed one month ago. I'm not sure whether it is rats or mice. We have not caught any so far. What should I do? Do you have any suggestion? Thank you very much. Regards, Paul
Rochester Rat Control Tip of The Week
Best Ways To Keep Rats Out Of Your Garden
Controlling rats is the initial step in the right path, but it is not a long-term solution. Spying on rats in your home or property will increase your awareness, and there will be a need for a lot of effort focused on getting rid of them. This can reduce the population to a point, but if efforts are sustained for months and months, it will create a cyclical pattern. Once people or homeowners see fewer rats, they reduce rat-proofing efforts, then the population grows, and the problem starts again.
Tips For Handling Rats In The Garden:
- Don't leave uneaten pet food outside. Keep pet food stored in plastic containers.
- Store food indoors properly, in containers, if possible. Don't leave food unattended on counters.
- The dense brush that provides shelter should be removed.
- Keep the birdseed off the ground with the help of baffles. Bird feeders should be hung away from eaves or fences that provide easy access for rats.
- Make use of a closed, contained, and secured compost process. At the very least, make sure the food scraps are out of open compost piles.
- Clean up the fruit that falls to the ground.
- Repair gaps greater than 1/4 inch around doors, windows, crawl spaces, screens, attic vents, and anywhere else holes may provide access to inside your home.
- Keep garbage in a secured plastic container with a lid.