DIY Pest Control Methods for rats, mice and squirrels:
We regularly get information from courses we attend or just word of mouth that the general public are reluctant to use professionals to treat rodent infestations. Their motive could be due to the perception that it could be costly to use a professional for help or the homeowner simply wants to attempt a treatment themselves. There are a few reasons as to why DIY pest treatments are not worth your time or money:
– Do not purchase sonic technology to deter rodents or foxes – THEY SIMPLY DO NOT WORK!!. You will pay quite a bit of money for a device that will just sit there collecting dust. We have been on a course where a manufacturer of these sonic devices put one in a room full of rats, the outcome showed many rats crawling over the device. They do not work so please do not waste your money.
– It is widely believed that traps will remove any rat or mouse problem in a household, this is false. You will not control an infestation with traps. Mice and rats typically give birth every 24 to 28 days and a litter size for rats is usually between 6-11 with mice producing 5-6 in a litter. You will therefore need a considerable amount of traps to attempt to combat this. You will also have to constantly re-set them should you get lucky. Both mice and rats are far too intelligent for them anyway and will keep away from them should they witness another getting caught. Rats are Neophobic and will be very reluctant to go near a new object that has been placed in their harbourage area. We would only use traps as a monitoring device or in conjunction with bait.
– Baiting for rodents is the only way to control an infestation. Bait is widely available for the general public which may seem appealing for a homeowner to purchase and deal with the problem themselves. There is some issues with this option though. Rodent control is never just a case of laying bait and walking away from the area in question. Looking at the overall picture as to why they are there in the first place and how they are getting access is far more essential. You need to know how much bait to put down, where to put it, how to put it down and also what else needs to be addressed.
I would advice anybody who believes they can do it themselves to leave it to the professionals. You could find yourself spending lots of money and just giving the rodents longer to increase their population.