In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency renewed the standards regarding rodenticides. The agency released specific requirements as regards 3 essential rodenticide components, which are – bait stations, bait size limitation, and the kinds of active ingredients used. These changes were made in order to better protect the people, especially children, and also pets and other wildlife from these noxious substances. It is well-known that rodenticides are very poisonous, and many individuals do not take the proper measures when storing and using them.
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Because of the dangers of rodenticides to health and also since these substances are very toxic, it’s imperative to follow what the EPA has ordered in order to safeguard yourself, your family and pets, as well as the environment and other living things. But apart from using rodenticides, you can also focus on eco-friendly techniques to get rid of nasty rats and mice. Here are 2 options that you should definitely consider.
1. Use Rodent Traps
There are so many different types of rodent traps. Some examples are snap traps and glue traps. If you want to use a snap trap, make sure that you get something that’s very sensitive, particularly if you’re targeting mice, which are pretty light-footed. Most snap traps are designed to kill instantly too. So, keep this in mind if you choose this device. There are also traps that don’t kill animals. You can opt for these if you want to release the animals after trapping. But make sure that the rodents are freed in a field or area that’s far from your home so that they won’t be able to go back to your place. As for glue traps, the sticky paste catches rodents but does not kill them. Glue traps are usually used just once, and then discarded with the animal.
When using traps, one device won’t do. You need 5 or 10 traps in order to be efficient in catching rodents. Place traps near holes or crevices, as well as corners and other passageways that rodents often go through. Check each trap daily, and reposition when needed.
2. Exploit Rodents’ Sense of Smell
Mice and rats dislike and fear certain odors. Rodents, for instance, hate minty and citrusy scents. So, use essential oils, like citronella, peppermint, and spearmint. Just soak a few cotton balls in the essential oil of your choice. Place the soaked balls inside crevices or in places that rodents are known to frequent. Because the scent can dissipate after a while, do this every couple of days. If you like, you can also plant peppermint, spearmint or citronella near or around your house to keep rodents away.
Apart from essential oils, rodents fear the odor of their natural predators. Animals that prey on rodents include bobcats and domestic cats, foxes, and snakes. You can use the urine or feces of these animals because once rodents get a whiff of these things, they’ll surely turn away. So, you can place a kitty litter near your door or other entry points, or apply some cat urine in areas where rats often pass through. Of course, predator urine is hard to obtain. You can’t just get a bobcat or a fox to urinate near or in your premises, right? Well, you don’t have to fret because there are companies that manufacture such things. An example is Shake-Away Rodent Repellent, which contains organic fox and bobcat urine. This is in powder form, and you only need to sprinkle this around your property. Because repellents are in solid form, you won’t be very bothered by the smell too.
Claire Brent is a freelance writer and a homeowner who has encountered rodent problems in the past. She uses natural methods to eradicate pests because she wants to protect her family, especially her child, from harmful chemicals. She also blogs for www.preventivepestcontrol.com and many pest control websites that also use eco-friendly ways to eradicate common household pests.