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RAGLM Board > General Discussion > Pest control
10/24/2015 10:33:30 AM
Mouse and Rat ControlReply: Hugh
Mice and rats are ongoing issues. Don't ever think you've solved the problem - they will be back. But, Nathan's advise on closing every inlet that they can enter is the major first step. The roof, screened vents, toilet vents, close dryer vents and access from fireplace vents all need to be addressed. Only then can the "killer rat" stuff become really effective.

Oh, and don't forget the benefit of having a couple of good 'mousing' cats. They cover the outdoor area before they invade the house. And, they can be good lap friends when watching TV.
10/23/2015 6:06:55 PM
Mouse ControlReply: Nathan
        Thank you for your kind words. Just my two as it may not work for you. So I bought a foreclosure/fixer upper years back and when I moved in I had lots of mice and rats living in the house. I took care of it in a few ways as I too found the traps and sticky to be useless.

First, I made sure I had every single hole I could find patched. While this was probably easier for me than you since the house was vacant at the time. This included my garage and attic access'.

Second, I made sure I cut back all of the trees that were close to my roof cutting off any highways they had into my home.

Third, and quite frankly the best solution was I used rat/mouse zappers with a dab of peanut butter in them. They are battery powered with 4 AA batteries. Not only did these work wonders, but I was getting two to three a day in each trap until the problem stopped.

This worked for me and I have no mouse or rats. Many things do not bother me but I can not handle rats and mice in my home. To me it is worse than snakes or scorpions. Hope this is some helpful advice for you.
10/23/2015 5:46:34 PM
Pest controlPost: Maven
Congratulations on 1 million views, and thank you Nathan. I have found this website and the insight gained from all of my neighbors to be invaluable over the years. We are fortunate to share in your enterprise, Nathan, and you are to be commended for your service to our community. My dilemma, my friends, are mice. I have tried traps, sonic devices and Tomcat brand poison. They don't seem to make the old Deacon like they used to. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
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