Rodents often top the list of animals you just don’t want in your home. While they’re fine if you keep them as pets, wild rodents can cause all manner of problems when they get into your home.
When it comes to pest control, there are many myths that people believe blindly without any actual evidence. Here, we bust 5 of the biggest myths about rodents.
Cheese is the best bait for rodent traps
Although cheese can be an effective bait to use with traps, it’s not the best option. Professional trappers usually use meat or peanut butter because mice prefer fruit and seeds to cheese.
The truth is that almost any type of food will be good to use as bait, especially in dryer climates. This is because mice get most of their water through food, so it’s essential for them.
Cats and dogs will keep your home free of rodents
People often assume that if they have large pets, especially cats, then there home cannot be invaded by rodents. While it’s certainly true that cats will chase rodents, the uninvited guests can avoid this by travelling in spaces that cats cannot get to. Often the allure of food will be enough to make rats and mice take the chance of coming into your home, even if you have large pets.
You can make an effective rodent poison at home
Many people believe that they can concoct an effective rodenticide formula using household products but this simply isn’t true. Rats and mice are very determined creatures that are built for survival so it usually takes quite aggressive means to get rid of them.
Rodents can cause a lot of problems, especially when they invade a food establishment so you certainly want to deal with the problem in a way that’s proven to be effective, such as using live traps.
The biggest problem rodents cause is chewing damage
Although the damage that rodents cause by chewing your furniture is certainly annoying, it’s definitely not the biggest thing you have to worry about.
By far the worst part of dealing with a rodent infestation is the fact that rats and mice can very easily spread disease through their urine and faeces, which can easily contaminate food.
Rodent infestations only occur where there’s poor sanitation
It’s certainly true that unclean conditions where there’s a lot of food left lying around will increase the chances of a rodent infestation. But it’s wrong to assume that if your home or business is very clean then there’s no chance of a rodent infestation.
The truth is that rodents can squeeze through very small holes and they can feed on very small amounts of food. This is why it’s never a good idea to leave pet food outdoors or leave bin bags uncovered because rats and mice will certainly rip them open to get to the food.
About the author David has a keen interest in pest control and works on behalf of PestBusters. His content covers topics such as the most common myths about rodent infestations and many more!