Humans have been taking environmental pest control into their own hands for centuries. Keeping rodents out of the food supply meant there was more food for humans to consume and, although it wasn’t understood yet, it kept people from contracting deadly diseases, such as the plague. People even created dog breeds that were meant specifically for killing rodents that ventured into granaries. Today, it is still important to keep rodents away from our food supply for the very same reasons. Here is the truth about six commonly-held myths regarding environmental pest control.
Myth #1: Cheese is the best mouse bait.
Fact: By and large, the environmental pest control professionals prefer peanut butter, meat, or even chocolate over cheese for baiting rodent traps.
Myth #2: Rodents constantly chew in order to grind down their teeth.
Fact: Rodents grind their top and bottom teeth together in order to sharpen them. They only chew on materials in your home to create or widen pathways, or build nests.
Myth #3: The worst problem associated with rodent infestation is all the stuff they chew.
Fact: While all of the chewing can do a great deal of damage to your home, the health hazards that mice and rats bring with them should be a far greater concern. Urine, feces, and fur can be dropped anywhere – including in the food containers they break into. Rats and mice also carry parasites and transmit diseases including salmonella, leptospirosis, and trichinosis.
Myth #4: The presence of rodents in a house indicates bad housekeeping habits.
Fact: It doesn’t matter how clean the building is – if a mouse or rat can find a way inside and locate a food source, they will make themselves at home.
Myth #5: My cats can manage my home’s mouse problem just fine.
Fact: Even the most avid mouse-hunting cats can’t access all of the tiny spaces within the walls of your home where mice can hide.
Myth #6: Spotting a mouse or rat in the home during the day indicates the presence of a large rodent population.
Fact: Rats and mice are more active when they perceive fewer threats to their safety. This means that they are mostly nocturnal, but they will roam during the day in search of food or water. A better indication of a population size is the amount of urine, feces, or chewing damage you can spot.
North Fulton Pest Solutions has the environmental pest control experience and know-how to keep rats and mice away from your pantry and out of your home. Our experts use the newest, most effective elimination methods to keep your family healthy and maintain your home’s integrity and value.