Mercer County, Trenton Rat Control Situation:
David, I was looking at your website about mice/rat dropping cleanup. We bought our house from a previous owner and the house has a crawl space. The crawl space is insulated in white plastic. The crawl space has a lot of mice droppings, easy to see on the white insulation, and I would like to get them cleaned up but I'm having a difficult time finding someone in the Trenton NJ area that will cleanup the mouse droppings--many services will provide rate control but they don't do the cleanup. Any suggestions in this regard? Couple of other questions: I was thinking about cleaning it up myself but I'm concerned about the virus you can catch by doing so. The CDC has some different suggestions than what you state including: 1) They recommend not vacumming as it can cause the disease in the feces/urine to be airborne. 2) They recommend spraying with a bleech solution but you recommend using Dawn dish detergent first. How would you apply the Dawn to the feces--do you spray a dawn/water mixture first with a pump sprayer? Then, do you spray with a bleach/water mixture after the Dawn? 3) After you use the Dawn and then a bleech mixture, how should you clean it up since it will be wet--wipe up with a rag? Thanks for you help.
Trenton Rat Control Tip of The Week
Are Mice or Rats Easier to Trap?
Mice can often be much easier to trap because they are naturally curious creatures. It often takes just one or two days to capture a mouse after setting up a mousetrap. If you're having difficulty trapping a mouse you could consider moving it to a different location. Rats can be extremely intelligent and they communicate with each other meaning that any new objects will often bring about suspicion.
Rats often reproduce at a much faster rate and this can make it difficult to control a rat problem if it's been going on for a long time. Most mice have around eight litters per year with around 5 to 6 pups in each litter. Rats can have between 6 to 12 pups in their litter.
Rats can often be ravenous eaters and often require meat or a more substantial food source in order to remain satisfied. This can often make rats very difficult to trap because they can be so fussy about their food.
Rats have a definite size advantage over mice and this often means using much larger traps and some extra measures when it comes to keeping them in a trap. Because of the extra costs of these larger traps and the need to be more careful with where you set them, the requirements to trap a rat can be considerably higher than what it takes to trap the average mouse. Most rats can reach a length of between 7-10 inches and weigh up to a pound whereas the typical house mouse maxes out around 8 inches including its tail.
It's often easier to track rats because they leave larger footprints and they can cause a bit more destruction with their added size and strength. This can make finding rats throughout your home a bit easier.