As noted in previous posts, rodent infestations are a serious threat for families in residential areas as well as employees in an affected commercial installation or office. Especially during colder months, rats and mice are driven indoor all the more, seeking food and shelter and putting themselves in closer proximity with humans. Baiting rodents is a viable pest control strategy–however, it is necessary to understand the pros and cons of various types of traps and bait stations before placing them all around one’s home or office. Various considerations must be taken to determine the optimal rodent baiting and/or trapping approach for your situation. Factors may include the size of the property being baited, the level of rodent infestation, your pest control budget, whether children or pets are present, and other elements.
Major Rodent Bait Options
1. Toxic Rodent Traps
Toxic bait stations are one of the more common rodent control solutions, especially in commercial environments where family health issues aren’t as big a concern. Toxic bait replaces the rodents’ normal food source and can wipe out entire mice or rat populations over the course of several weeks or months. The primary issues with such bait stations is they require consistent monitoring and replacement of eaten bait in order to be effective for the long term–plus the toxic substances involved can threaten the health of non-target animals in the area.
2. Non-Lethal Rodent Traps
Traps that eschew toxic bait often rely on methods to merely capture as many rodents as possible, such as through hatch traps or ones affixed with glueboards (that the rodents become stuck to on contact). The captured rodents can then be simply removed from the premises by a pest expert and relocated out into the nearby wild. These also require heavy monitoring, plus any trap handlers must be careful to avoid exposure to the trapped pests during the transport process. Another issue is that a local rodent population may be breeding quickly enough that mere removal of a few or singular pests does little to diminish the negative impact they have on the area.
3. Mobile-Empowered Traps
If you have a larger property or office building, rodent traps and baiting can become an expansive and time-consuming endeavor. This can be especially true if you have to constantly go around checking whether traps have been activated or not on a daily or weekly basis. Fortunately, there are types of traps that have been outfitted with wireless notification systems that will trigger an alert on your mobile phone or device whenever the trap has been triggered. This option lets you spend less time monitoring the stations while also letting you know if the pest control effort is being successful or not. Contact EcoShield today if you’re considering rodent baiting and would like help from an expert.