Mice are a greater threat than you think. They shed dander so light it floats in the air, invisible, and can enter your lungs and cause respiratory issues and aggressively worsen asthma. The feces and urine of a mouse, which they leave on your food as they crawl over it and feed on it, contains a dangerous virus called the Hantavirus which can cause deadly respiratory issues. Mice can chew your house to pieces and one of their favourite chew toys are electric wires that, when chewed could easily cause a fire in your home, not a stove fire that can be put out, but a fire inside of the wall that will be inaccessible to you even if you have a fire extinguisher.
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This is what having mice means, most people have forgotten that mice were part of the black plague that killed off nearly 90% of Europe. Of that new york city has a rat task force that uses about as much city funds as the drug enforcement agency. Rodents are not a joke, they are not a minor issue, they are the cause of epidemics and billions and billions of dollars in city damage, paid for by the tax payer.
You can do as you like, it’s a free country. Go to home hardware and buy a couple of traps, it won’t be enough, you will need at least 50 to make a dent in the mouse population. You can buy domestic poison but it rarely works and the mice don’t have a gag reflex so they are very careful about what they eat. Peanut butter works but cheese does not so bait those traps correctly and you may make some headway in a problem humans have been trying to deal with for over ten thousand years.
Now, everything you do, laying traps and poison, will influence the mice in your home, teach and educate them. They will watch other mice die from a trap or eat poison and die. Because it will take you so long to exterminate them they will have the chance to learn from you and will actively avoid your traps and poison and, possibly, avoid a professional’s poison as well. This is why going DYI for mouse control can destroy your chance of getting the mice out of the house at all. Call a professional right away, they have commercial bait stations that trick the mice into tasting it multiple times and then kills them through desiccation so it will be safe for them to die in walls and will provide no bacterial or smell issue. Now which one sounds better?
Rats are a rodent with incisors that continue to grow for their whole lives. For this reason, they must chew on hard materials to wear them down. This is the cause of most of the destruction rats cause, from chewing on foundation concrete to making entry holes and chewing on electric wires which are one of their favourites. This could result in a house fire and the loss of everything you have worked for in your life. So if you think you have rats it’s very important you deal with them right away. The most common rat to be found in Ontario is not native to Canada, it is an alien from Norway, hence the name, Norway Rat.
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This rat has no real predators, especially in large cities like Toronto and New York. They are essentially free to do whatever they want and they do. There is a video on The Youtube.com of a rat carrying away an entire large pizza from someone’s front porch. This is how aggressive and comfortable rats have gotten living with humans. They are not afraid of you or your pets and can easily scare off a domestic cat or dog. The best option is setting traps, but if that feels inhumane then there are other methods of extermination and control that can be used.
The most important thing you must do is to take away their access to food. If they are indoors make sure to vacuum frequently and to keep all food on your plate and to do the dishes right away, do not leave them in the sink because it will attract the rats. You must store food in hard plastic or glass, glass is best as a rat cannot chew it. Your garbage is very important and needs to be sealed tightly and stored in the garage, making sure the door meets the ground tightly at all points. You will have to drain or remove any water feature on your property, coy ponds are a favourite meal of raccoons and rats need to drink water essentially constantly. Get rid of bird feeders and don’t feed pets or children or wildlife of any kind outside. If you do this the rats may have no choice but to vacate your property on their own to find a place with food.
One of the common causes of a rat infestation is actually impossible to solve without having to sell your home and move. If you live up against a ravine or park you will suffer rodents and wildlife constantly as they endlessly try to break into your home. This can be resolved with properly installed exclusion. Exclusion is the process of sealing up areas and entryways that animals, rodents and even insects can enter. Sealing vents, trenching decks with steel mesh and sealing off your soffits can prevent all kinds of animal or rodent invasion.