6 Tips on How to Deal with and Prevent Rodents, Rats, or Mice in your Hazlehurst, Jesup, Douglas, or Baxley Georgia Home

ratSound or flashing lights have almost no effect on repelling rats and mice. Ultrasound devices are almost completely useless in the fight against rodent pests, and commercially available products labeled as“repellents” are generally ineffective. Taste and odor repellents are not registered for rats and mice. Homemade products generally do not work either.

Be sure to call Green Frog Pest Solutions in Hazlehurst, Jesup, Douglas, and Baxley Georgia. We can Help.

Fumigants or gas cartridges should be used only by licensed pest control operators. Never use fumigants or gas inside structures or dwellings where humans or pets will be exposed.

1) Traps

We recommend traps – not poison baits inside houses. Poisons are more dangerous to children and pets, and poisoned rodents do not die immediately. Instead, they usually crawl into an inaccessible space in a wall or behind appliances, die and then smell awful. Use plenty of traps in rooms, attics, basements and garages. Put them along the wall, in cupboards and drawers, on countertops and flat surfaces, and in other places where mice might run. Rat traps are larger so place them where children and pets are not likely to accidentally trigger them. Remember that mice prefer to run along baseboards and walls and do not like to venture out into a room or open space. Do not expect a mouse to travel more than 5 or 10 feet to find a trap. Well-fed mice like to stay home and may live for weeks in one corner of your room or attic. For rats, you can use fewer traps – about a dozen per house should do –but remember that rats are smarter, tougher and harder to catch than mice.

Snap traps are easy to set and inexpensive, so use plenty. Multi-catch traps work fine but are more expensive. Sticky traps are as good as snap traps for mice but probably will not hold a large rat. Generally, snap traps can be easily discarded – mouse and all – and you will not have to handle the animal. Just set a new trap in place of the old one.

2) Bait — Mice and rats like peanut butter, bacon, cooked chicken or anything with a strong odor. Cheese is not necessary.

3) Have you caught them all? It’s hard to say. Leave the traps in place for a few weeks.

4) How did rats and mice get into your house? Discover how and where they got in and seal all the holes. If you are not persistent in finding and sealing all the openings, other mice will find them and get in. Even strong, tight houses have many holes and small openings that a mouse can use for entrance.

5) Once you’ve rid your house of mice and rats, can you relax and forget them? No. New rodents will find you. Mice and rats really like to move into warm houses for the winter, so fall is a time when many houses get infested. Mice will often leave the house in the spring, but don’t be fooled. You must still trap them and keep the property in good repair. Save your traps and be ready to start the removal process again. Keep looking for holes and openings in your house. Continue to keep the yard and property clean and free of hiding places, and always keep doors closed.

6) Poison Baits

We use poison bait outside the house only if we can keep it away from children and pets. Poison bait tastes good because it often contains sugar as an attractant, so be careful. A locked shed or garage, attic or wood pile may be suitable. Cover the bait to protect it from weather.

Check with Green Frog Pest Solutions in Hazlehurst, Jesup, Douglas, and Baxley Georgia. We use modern, second-generation poison baits that are fast acting and environmentally safe but not quite as dangerous as quick-kill single dose poisons. Modern poisons are available as poison food, blocks, pellets or other presentations that are attractive to rats and mice, which need to eat them each day for about a week before they die.

Remember: Sanitation is the best method of control. Trapping is cost-effective, relatively easy and safe, and very effective if done properly. Always use a dust mask and rubber or disposable gloves when handling mice, rats, traps or poison. Dispose of dead carcasses and used gloves in the trash or bury them.