Be Prepared: Victor® Offers Simple Tips on How to Rodent Proof Your Home
LITITZ, PA—Sept. 23, 2013—Thanks to Mother Nature, the experts at Victor®, a world leader in rodent control, are predicting rodent activity will reach a two-year high this Fall. A large part of the country has experienced above normal temperatures and precipitation this summer, driving vegetation growth and causing the rodent population to thrive outdoors. This scenario sets the stage for a strong Fall rodent season. Large rodent populations that multiplied during the warm, wet summer will begin to seek indoor shelter as the weather turns cooler. To win the war against mice and rats, Victor recommends rodent proofing your home using sanitation and exclusion strategies in conjunction with traps and PestChaser® rodent repellers. “Weather determines the activity of rodents and the mild weather this year has promoted more breeding,” says Andrea Cober, Category Development Associate at Victor. “In order to survive, rodents must have adequate food and shelter. Good sanitation and exclusion strategies, along with traps and ultrasonic rodent repellers, ensure the best defense against a rodent invasion.” Minor modification to the interior and exterior of a home can make it much less inviting to rodents. Cober advises following these steps to help keep uninvited rodents off the guest list: Sanitation & Shelter Strategies • Place all garbage and food debris in tightly covered metal or heavy duty rubberized garbage containers. • Store dry food, pet food and birdseed in rodent-proof areas and sealed containers. • Clean areas under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers where crumbs are often overlooked. • Reduce clutter. Mice are shy and prefer a cluttered environment to take shelter and breed. • Discourage rodent burrowing by maintaining your landscape. Trim overgrown vegetation and shrubbery until the ground underneath is visible. Remove debris like rock piles and old equipment. • Keep firewood away from the house and elevate at least 18 inches from the ground.
Denying access to your home is an important component in effective rodent control. Mice can pass through ¼ inch openings, while rats are able to squeeze through ½ inch openings. Cober recommends inspecting your property for rodent access points and rodent proofing them with materials such as concrete, spray foam, caulk, sheet metal and copper or aluminum mesh. Exclusion Actions • Seal holes and cracks in the foundation, walls and basements. • Equip doors and windows with fine-mesh, screens. • Cap chimneys. • Seal pipes, wiring, electrical outlets and other outdoor penetrations that lead into house. • Cover vents with metal grill-work and rust-resistant screening. • Keep areas beneath wooden steps clean.
“Sometimes, even the best housekeeping practices and exclusion efforts will not prevent rodents from entering the house,” notes Cober. “If a rodent infestation exists, you can control the population with proper trapping and repelling strategies.”
Trapping & Repelling Tips • Offer food. Bait Victor Snap Traps with a pea size amount of peanut butter, hazelnut spread or anything high in protein. • A common mistake is not using enough traps or control devices. Mouse traps should be placed in areas of high activity or along walls where rodents primarily travel at two to three foot intervals. For severe infestations, traps should be placed about one inch apart. • For easy rodent control, use Victor’s Rat and Mouse Glue Trays. The large surface ensures quick trapping of rodents. Once the rodent is trapped, Victor’s proprietary non-toxic glue provides a super-hold formula proven to securely contain even heavy rats and mice. • Ultrasonic traps like Victor’s Ultra PestChaser® emit ultrasound that is extremely irritating to rodents. Though undetectable to humans and non-rodent pets, the high frequency ultrasound expose the rodents to intense auditory stress, encouraging them to quickly scurry away. • Proper placement of Victor’s PestChaser rodent repellers is important. Because ultrasound cannot penetrate solid surfaces such as walls, furniture and cabinets, ultrasound rodent repellers should be placed in an open, unobstructed area. Depending on the particular space, it may be necessary to use multiple units.
“At Victor, we strive to drive awareness that now is the time to rodent proof your home; don’t wait until it’s too late,” advises Cober. “Taking a few simple steps before rodents begin their indoor migration can go a long way towards protecting your home from mice and rats seeking shelter from the cold.”
About Victor® Rodent Recognized as a world leader in rodent control, Victor® has been a trusted brand for more than 100 years. The company revolutionized rodent control in 1898 with the invention of the spring-based Victor mouse trap. Today, Victor has produced more than one billion of the iconic mouse traps and now offers the broadest line of rodent control products on the market including traps, repellents and poison. Learn more at www.victorpest.comorwww.facebook.com/victorpest.
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