Options for Dealing With Rodent Infestations
You have options for ridding your property of a rat or mouse infestation.
- Identify and prevent rodent infestations -- it is always a good idea to try these simple methods first.
- Lethal traps - such as snap traps, are designed to trap and kill rodents.
- Live traps - such as cage-type traps, capture rodents alive and unharmed, but the rodents must then be released or killed. Rodents released outside may find their way back into the house unless you have sealed the entry points into the house.
- Poison baits (rodenticides) in tamper-resistant bait stations combine a poison with edible material that is appealing to rodents. Protect children, pets, and wildlife by only using tamper-resistant bait stations, and follow all label directions and precautions.
Always place traps and baits in places where children and pets cannot reach them.