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How to Catch a Mouse: Killing It vs. Keeping It Alive
Bumping on a mouse in your house is a scary experience. To make the matter worse, the sound that mice make when their gnawing electrical wire and `scratching walls can render you sleepless.
Considering these bad experiences and the fact that house mice can spread an array of pandemics such as Lyme disease and salmonella, no one would wish to share a shelter with these annoying rodents. If you spot them in your house, consider removing them soonest possible before they wreak havoc.
Catching a Mouse Alive
Although mice are nasty animals, some people would still be moved nearly to tears upon seeing a lifeless mouse. They prefer catching a mouse alive and releasing it somewhere else far away from their houses.
If you are one of them and have no idea how to do it, you can use the following to catch a mouse alive:
- A spoon and a bucket
This mouse-catching approach is practical when you want to trap a mouse that you suspect has been walking on your kitchen’s countertop. Place a deep bucket against the counters and just above it, place a spoon with a peanut dollop on the edge of the counter.
The peanut should be on the handle end of the spoon and while the spoon ought to be balanced off the counter’s edge with the end with the bait being above the bucket.
When a mouse tries to reach the bait, it, together with the spoon, will fall into the bucket. Since the bucket is too slippery for the mouse to climb, it will have no escape option but to wait for you to determine its fate.
- A coin, a glass, and bait
Smear some peanut butter (bait) on the interiors of the glass. Then, put the glass on the ground in an upside-down manner and then put nickel below the glass to support it.
The coin should prop up one side of the brim of the glass. The coin will fall, making the glass to drop when a mouse gets in to reach the peanut butter and the rodent will be trapped inside the glass.
Mouse Trap: Killing a Mouse Using a Spring-Loaded Trap
If you want to kill a mouse without using any chemical, then, the use of a spring-loaded trap is the best option. However, you should handle this trap with utmost care since a simple blunder can cause you injuries. Besides, it should be placed in an area with less human and non-targeted animal traffic, else it can do more harm than good.
Apply peanut butter on the small paddle of the trap. Then, place the trap in the spot where you suspect or spot mice mostly. Once the mouse tries to reach the bait, the trap will spring, hit the rodent with much force and hold it there until the time you remove it.
Since the mouse will die upon the trapping, it is advisable that you dispose it off soonest possible before it starts to decompose and produce a foul smell.
One of the drawbacks of attempting to catch a mouse alive is that the rodent has chances to escape and continue to enjoy the comfort of your home.
For instance, in the bucket and spoon method, a child or a pet may drop the bucket, and this will give the trapped mouse an opportunity to escape. Besides, if a mouse is trapped inside a glass, your child may lift the glass, and if that happens, the animal will just run away and retreat to its previous or new hideouts in your house.
On the other hand, once the mouse is killed, you rest assured that it won’t come back again.***
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How Many Rats in NYC?
How many rats in NYC? Estimates vary, but we know the little critters are reproducing more and more and New York’s been creating a plan of action.
Wikipedia says that contrary to popular belief, (that there are five rats per person in NYC), scientists made a more realistic estimate that the population of rats in NYC is around 2 million, which would only be 20% of the human population in NYC opposed to 5 times.
New York Rats and Rat Population
New York City is one of the largest metropolitans in the world. The city hosts a very large population of people. The city also has many hotels, homes and other commercial premises where people spend their days.
However, the city’s peace has been under threat due to the large population of rats. Rats in NYC have been on the rise in the recent years. The effects of rats in New York have been so devastating that NYC mayor declared total war against these rodents. The mayor, Mr. Bill De Blasio promised to eradicate these rats in the most affected places.
The Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn are the most rat-infested zones in the city. The mayor promised to eradicate at least 70% of the rats by the end of 2018. In his plan, the mayor intends to cover all dirty floors in publicly used buildings.
“Downtown rats are more used to household trash, unlike the uptown ones that are used to offices. The study also revealed that rats New York rarely migrate from one place to another.”
He also intends to put 336 new rat-proof garbage bins. These bins compact garbage with solar energy. These new bins are supposed to add on the 1,100 bins already present in the city.
A study conducted in the city revealed very interesting results. The researching team wanted to find whether there existed similarities between rats in the downtown and uptown areas. They found that a New York City rat can be identified according to its residents.
The rat population in NYC adapt to the environments where they live. Downtown rats are more used to household trash, unlike the uptown ones that are used to offices.
The study also revealed that rats New York rarely migrate from one place to another. A rat family occupies one resident for many years. This means that the uptown and downtown NYC rats do not mix at any time.
Devastating Effects of Rats
These small gnawing mammals are capable of causing devastating damage to homes and offices. A mouse and a rat are capable of entering through a tiny opening. They mostly come to the houses through gaps in the roof and ceiling. These rodents are also excellent swimmers.
This means that rats can stay in the water for an extended period without dying. Rats can swim their way into the house through sewers and drainage pipes. Once in the house, rats contaminate foods and water. They are also carriers of many diseases that affect human beings.
“Rats can swim their way into the house through sewers and drainage pipes. Once in the house, rats contaminate foods and water.”
Rats can also be very destructive when they gain access to food storage rooms. They gnaw at cereals and other soft materials. Rats are the most destructive pests and thus require to be eradicated.
A Rodent Infestation Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Here are some health problems you may not be aware of that can become a problem when you have a rodent infestation.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
You can get HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome) from a bite or from inhaling the feces or urine of rodents infected with HPS. The worst part is that if you come in contact with HPS, you can develop a life-threatening infection.
Although other pests carry this same disease, the rodent is the one that is most commonly known to carry Leptospirosis. This disease can be contracting by merely coming into contact with a rodent that is infected or being bitten by one that is infected.
Symptoms include vomiting, respiratory issues, diarrhea, jaundice and liver failure. Some people with underlying health issues have died from Leptospirosis.
Rat Bite Fever
Despite the name of this disease, you don’t necessarily get a rat-bite fever from just being bitten by a rat. You can develop it by being bitten by any other type of rodent. If you’ve developed rat bite fever, you will know because, after a few days, you will develop a rash, fever, chills and muscle aches.
Mice, Rats, Rodents Control NYC
At Control Exterminating, we control a wide range of pests. However, we are experts in the control of rodents. Rodents are one of the most prevalent pests in New York City. Our personnel is highly trained in the extermination of rodents and other pests that infest the city.
We have a lot of experience in dealing with NYC rats and mice and have aided in the removal of them from many properties and areas. Our services are highly rated. This is because we always provide our best quality. We are the most trusted rat exterminator in NYC as well as a first-class mice exterminator.
Control Exterminating is committed to bringing down the rat and mice population in NYC to the lowest possible levels. We first inspect the infested places. After inspection, we choose the most appropriate control method.
We use pesticides that are environment-friendly. Our methods are highly effective in rat elimination. We then install pest proofs to prevent re-infestation.
“Rats are the most destructive pests and thus require to be eradicated.”
Whenever you are encountered with a mouse or rat infestation, contact Control Exterminating. In addition to being a rat control company, we are also a mouse exterminator. The New York rats require immediate action before they grow to uncontrollable numbers.
We pride ourselves on being one the companies that are at the forefront of rat extermination. We are always ready to work when required. Our rates are the most affordable in the city.***
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Rodents in New York City:
Identification, Diseases, and Prevention
Rodents can range from guinea pigs to mice, but the ones we have to be most careful about are the ones that hideout in corners of our houses and nibble away at anything can get their hands on, aka house mice and roof rats.
A survey done by the National Pest Management Association or (NPMA) says that rodents have been responsible for problems to at least 29% of Americans and that most infestations occurred during the colder months as that is when rodents entire home for shelter from the cold.
Identification of Rodents
The places that these rodents choose to infest the most include kitchens, laundry rooms, attics, garages and basements where they would be least seen.
These places provide just the right environments for them to reproduce which can range up to 12 offsprings in a matter of 2-3weeks. Rodents are known to urinate constantly everywhere they tread, which means anyone around the house could be contaminated with it, mostly children and toddlers, which could affect their health badly.
Nibbling away at food, clothes, and furniture are not the only downsides to rodent infestations. These rodents usually come in from the outside, most likely the sewer, which means they are contaminated with tones of germs and carry diseasing causing parasites such as fleas, ticks, and lice, not to mention they also spread salmonella.
All these make touching them with bare hands a risk to the person, and anything else you use to exterminate them with becomes infected.
Types of Rodent Infestations
The Norway Rat
This is a rat that is also referred to as a sewer rat. The roof rat likes to be higher off the ground than the Norway rat. This is why the Norway rat is usually found lower on the ground. They are brown and fat. Their tails are shorter than the roof rat, and they are generally found under wood or in trash bins.
Our exterminators usually find this type of rat under your building or homes foundation. Anytime you see a rat around your property, it is probably a Norway rat.
A black rat is the same as a roof rat. They usually can be seen climbing on things, such as ledges and cabinets. They are also found in tree shrubs and branches.
The NYC exterminators that work with us know precisely where to find these types of rats. They often find their nests high off the ground. The roof rat comes down to locate food. Unfortunately, this type of rat also enjoys living indoors since it’s generally warmer than outdoors.
“These rodents usually come in from the outside, most likely the sewer, which means they are contaminated with germs and carry diseasing causing parasites such as fleas, ticks, and lice, not to mention they also spread salmonella.”
What You Can Do If You Have Rats
Rodents like mice and rats can squeeze themselves through the tiniest of holes, ones as small as a quarter. They can also chew through pretty much anything in their way including wood and electric wires which increases the risk of electrical fires in the home.
All throughout their life, their incisors keep growing, and that means their ability to bite gets better every day. All this makes it essential sealing any cracks, holes or openings around the house.
This also means that can be hiding out anywhere from storage boxes to furniture to drawers contaminating anything and everything in their way. You can seal these small spaces with cement if the gaps are large, or with regular seals for smaller ones.
Proper drainage is also necessary, so there is not stored water body anywhere in the house. All of these can get confusing, and this is where experienced professionals like Control Exterminating come in.
How to Prevent Rodent Infestation
Rodents are always in search of food and water and will get in any home that they find access to. If you want to stop rodents from getting into your home you can follow these few steps on to how to prevent rodent infestation and keep rodents out of your home:
Clean Up After Eating
A rodent such as a rat or a mouse does not need much to sustain its life. They need small crumbs that are easily found in most homes across the United States. The best way that you can take their meal away is to clean up after eating.
The kitchen is the best spot for a rodent to get what they need. So make sure take time to clean off the counters and floors and pick up the crumbs. Also, make sure that you don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink.
“Be sure that after you use sweet sticky sauces such as honey or syrup you wipe off the top and anywhere the syrup or honey has spilled.”
Sealing Up Food Helps Aids in Pest Prevention
A rodent can smell open food and is often able to get to it; even if it is in a closed cupboard. Take any open containers of food and place them in a sealed bag or container to be sure that rodents and other pests have no access to it.
Also be sure that after you use sweet sticky sauces such as honey or syrup you wipe off the top and anywhere the syrup or honey has spilled.
A full-grown mouse can fit through a small hole in the wall or door the size of a nickel. It does not take much for them to sneak in and start to burrow into the wall and attic space. Take time to look around the home inside and out and be sure that you look for small gaps in the wall.
You should also be sure to check the doors and windows for space that a rodent can get in. You can seal these gaps with weather stripping or caulking that you can pick up at any home improvement store.
A full-grown mouse can fit through a small hole in the wall or door the size of a nickel. It does not take much for them to sneak in and start to burrow into the wall and attic space.
We Can Help
Control exterminating has been in the pest exterminating business for a long time, and they will be able to provide you with the right kind of seals for gaps and voids and will be able to guide you on where to place your drainage system and even do it for you.
They can identify gaps and rodent hideouts which we may not be able to do at sight, and will be able to get rid of them completely which might not be possible with simple home tricks.
Rodents are hard to exterminate, so getting professional help is very important for the cleanliness and good health of the home and its people.
If you ever come across even the slightest sign of rodent infestation call Control Exterminating and they will be able to properly go through your home, confirm the pest and recommend the right solution for the right pest to be exterminated.
Not only that Control Exterminating will also be able to advise how to prevent any future contaminations from rodents or any other pests that might be lurking in your home.
Call Control Exterminating in Manhattan, New York to make an appointment to have your home rid of rodents and other pests today!***