mouse traps and mouse control

Simply putting out a few traps will not solve your rodent control problems.

The common school of thought says that when a homeowner hears the scratching and gnawing of a rat or mouse behind the wall, that a simple mouse trap or two will take care of the problem. Although mouse traps do have their place in pest control, the fact is that a mouse trap does not offer a comprehensive solution to your rodent infestation. For residents Boise ID, Portland OR, and throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions, Sprague Pest Solutions is the premier name in pest control.

The biggest problem with mouse traps is actually the way that people use them. In order to have mouse traps be effective, they must be applied in the proper areas. Most people just plop a trap down right in the center of the room and call it good. The fact is however, when rodents enter into human territory, they are going to be skittish, running alongside baseboards, hiding, and remaining as safely out of sight as possible. Thus, the mouse trap in the center of the room will be far less effective. Not to mention, a single mouse trap, or even two, is just not effective at removing an entire mouse infestation. Mouse traps will remove a single mouse, but where you see one mouse, you can bet that there will be more hiding in the walls, floors, attics, or any other seldom used areas. And, rodents build nests and breed extremely fast, so it does not take them long to grow their colony into a full blown infestation.

Something important to remember about rodents like the house mouse, roof rats, and Norway rats, are that they are more than just a nuisance when they run around in the walls and chew up your belongings. Rodents leave droppings and urine as they walk around and this spreads potentially harmful bacteria and pathogens, transmitting them everywhere they walk, including on your cupboards or in your food pantry. The disease Hantavirus, which is a potentially fatal respiratory disease, is among the many diseases that can be transmitted in this fashion.

Mice and rats are more than just a nuisance to have in your Boise or Portland home, they can in fact pose a major health risk to your family. And traditional removal methods, such as the mouse traps, are simply not effective at completely removing an infestation of rodents. It is also important to remember how fast rodents breed; and the more rodents there are, the longer and more difficult it will be to remove them from your home. To hear more about rodent removal and prevention options, as well as scheduling a home inspection, contact Sprague Pest Solutions today.

Mice are simply not good company to have in your home and unfortunately, the traditional mouse trap is not enough to remedy your problem. So along with keeping your kitchen counters, floors, and other areas of the home free of food and debris that will attract rodents, call in the rodent control pros at Sprague today. A year round home pest control plan is the ideal way to prevent rodents from getting inside in the first place. 

We also offer commercial rodent control for businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions; simply call to learn more! 

This blog was originally published on February 17, 2012 and has been updated to reflect the most recent information on rodent control including the use of mouse traps.