Mouse traps or rat poison may seem like a quick fix for your pest problem, but they rarely solve the whole issue. Traps and poison can cause a lot more problems for homeowners and restaurants alike. In addition to not being fully effective, traps and poison are not humane. Capture, exclusion, and proper cleanup are the best methods to deal with your rodent infestation. But first, why shouldn’t you use poison or traps?

Traps Aren’t Always Effective or Safe

While traps may seem like a quick way to deal with a rogue mouse or rat sneaking into your cabinet, they are often more trouble than they are worth. Traps can usually take care of a few pests, but the rest of the colony will usually adapt to work around them. After a few rodents are lost to a trap, the rest will likely learn to avoid the traps or the areas you place them in. Rodents can be quick-thinking and learn, especially after they lose a few members of their colony to them.

Additionally, traps can be hard to deal with once they are sprung. Traps set up in walls or hard-to-reach places can be difficult to check. You may end up having a dead animal stuck behind your fridge or couch. Traps that misfire or trigger without catching the rodent are rendered useless until you remember or know to reset them.

Poison Doesn’t Always Cut It

The use of poisons has its fair share of problems as well. Firstly, not all of the rodents will eat it. Rats can learn that a food source is not good for them, and learn to avoid the poison. In many cases, this leads to very few rodent deaths from poison-laced food. Some rats will even develop a slight resistance to it or even full immunity.

In New York, where poisons have been employed often, many colonies are relatively unaffected by low doses of rat poison. Green droppings often indicate that the rodent survived eating poisoned bait. Rats also tend not to die right near the bait pile. More often, a poisoned rodent will find somewhere to curl up and die. They may even delve deep into your walls. With rat poison, there is always a risk that it will affect others in the home or restaurant. Children or pets are often unintentional victims of accidental poisoning from traps. Rat poison not properly stored can also contaminate regular food and drink.

Why Removal and Exclusion Works

Exclusion and removal are effective because they solve the issue fully, and humanely. When traps or poisons are involved, you aren’t able to guarantee that the full colony is gone. You also may have to deal with dead pests in the walls, ducts, and other tight spaces. From there, any other pests can intrude from any entry points established by the colony, including more rodents. Removal and exclusion by a licensed specialist means that your rodent problem will be dealt with, cleaned up, and the entry points repaired. With a humane removal company, your conscience can be kept clean too.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, rats, squirrels, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.