Mouse traps or rat poison may seem like a quick fix for your pest problem, yet they are anything but! Traps and poison can cause a lot of problems for homeowners and restaurants alike. In addition to not being fully effective, traps and poison are not humane. It is important to know why capture and proper exclusion is the best way to deal with your rodent infestation. But first, why shouldn’t you use poison or traps?

Traps Are Tricky

Traps may seem like a quick way to deal with a rogue mouse or rat sneaking into your cabinet, but traps 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. Rodents may seem simple, but they can be quick-thinking and learn to avoid traps, 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 living inside of your wall. Traps that misfire or trigger without catching the rodent are rendered useless until you remember to reset them.

Poison Doesn’t Always Cut It

Poison has plenty of problems as well. Firstly, not all of the rats will eat it. Rats can learn that a food source is not good for them and learn to avoid the poison. Some rats will even develop a slight resistance to it, or even a full immunity. When we find rat droppings that are green in color, it usually means that the rat was surviving while eating poisoned bait. Rats also tend not to die right around the pile of bait. Often, a rodent partaking in poisoned food will find somewhere to curl up and die, often deep in your walls. With rat poison, there is always a risk that it will affect others in the home or restaurant. Children or pets can often be the victims of accidental poisoning. Rat poison not properly stored can contaminate food and drink.

Why Removal and Exclusion Works

Exclusion and removal is effective because it solves 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 all of the nooks and crannies. And any other pests can intrude from any entry points established by the colony. Removal and exclusion by a professional 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.