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A lot of people suffer from rat and mouse infestations, especially in rural areas. The easiest thing is just to put out mouse and rat traps, but the traps don’t always seem to work and it’s hard to discourage the pests from setting up shop inside the home. Luckily, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner that can really help boost the effectiveness of your traps. The first thing you have to do is to think like a rodent. Rodents have two main jobs: to find a plentiful source of food, and to build a nest somewhere in a dark secluded spot. Usually they can find both inside of a home. More Information Here
Keeping them from setting up shop in your home can sometimes be an impossibility. Your house is full of dark little corners where rats and mice can duck in and out, and unless you have a cat on staff, keeping a rat or mouse out that wants in is a daunting task. Sealing up the home on the outside and within is definitely highly recommended, but it won’t always do the trick of keeping them out. Luckily, the second thing you do have control over, their food source. Rats, mice, and other rodents are very adept at finding food. Things that might not seem like rat or mouse food can often be nightly feasts for them. Getting rid of as much of their normal food source and ability to find shelter is the best way to ensure that your rat trap looks as enticing as possible, giving the rodent no choice but to try it. Mouse and rat traps are sometimes ineffective because the rodents already have an ample supply of food elsewhere. They may be getting more than enough food from another source, probably one you haven’t thought of yet.
Dog food is the most common feast that rats and mice dive into during the late watches of the night, while everyone else, including the dog, is fast asleep. Most homeowners don’t think to clean out their dogs dish every night and make sure there aren’t even any crumbs inside the bowl to entice the rodent to hang around. And because dogs are almost always asleep at night, rodents and pests can pretty much go where they please within the home. Cats, however, are very adept hunters, almost always active at night searching for prey that happens to be walking by. But leaving food in your dog’s dish each night with a rat or a mouse in the home can be a pretty sure way of giving your rodent a tasty feast each night that, once they get used to, won’t be very willing to let go of. The rat might be only leaving his nest to make a straight run for the dog bowl once a night. He might not even ever stumble onto your trap. But if you take away as much of a rodent’s luxuries as possible, the effectiveness of your traps should go up quite a bit. Then they will need to explore for different food sources, and at that point will more than likely be enticed strongly by your traps.
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