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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The Rodent Problem 73% 10% BAITS MUST BE KEPT OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS. SUCCESSFUL RODENT CONTROL Rodents contaminate our environment with their urine and droppings and by spreading disease, like plague, leptospirosis, murine typhus and food poisoning. Rats and mice enjoy gnawing wires a potential cause of fires in houses.. CAUSES OF SLOW OR INEFFECTIVE TREATMENT SUCCESSFUL RODENT CONTROL INSPECTION X ACCESS Access to food and shelter for rodents HYGIENE TRAPPING ACCESS POOR HYGIENE Poor household hygiene WRONG PLACEMENT INCORRECT CHOICE Wrong placement of traps and baits Choice of inappropriate baits BAITING PROOFING Exterminators will determine the species, the extent and severity of the problem, the location of harbourages and areas of activity and appropriate control strategies. Keep them out! A mouse can get through a hole the size of the tip of your little finger, a rat requires the size of the tip of your thumb. The main areas of entry are doors, windows, gaps in the wall, overhanging branches, vents and penetrations for plumbing and electricals. Repair leaky taps and remove other water sources. Mow the lawn.Eliminate clutter, debris, rubbish and access to pet food. Pet food should never be leftoutside overnight. Store in metal containers. There are a variety of traps including curiosity traps, sticky boards and snap traps. The placement of these devices is critical to their success. The baits used in urban areas are anticoagulant rodenticides. These reduce the ability of the blood to clot causing internal haemorrhage. Death occurs around four days after. Rodents may die in inaccessible places such as wall cavities. Odours from dead mice are seldom a problem but rats, because of their larger body weight, may cause a problem. Your Exterminator may be able to find and remove the carcass or apply odour absorbing products.
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