When it comes to rodents, most of us want them out of our homes and businesses in one form or another. However, there is also a growing group of individuals who want the option of exploring kinder and more humane options of rodent control. If you consider yourself to be in the latter camp, there are a few humane methods of rodent control that you might want to consider.
- Build a DIY, no-kill rodent trap. Using a few items like an empty plastic wastebasket with smooth sides, some books, and a little peanut butter, you can create a humane trap. Place the peanut butter in the bottom of the bin, stack the books next to the bin, and then wait. The rodents will be able to climb in, but not out of the bin. Be sure to check often (hourly) and release the rodents during mild weather at least 100 yards away.
- Repel it with stink. Mice hate the smell of peppermint. Placing cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil around common entry points can help them seek refuge and food elsewhere. Ammonia is another option, but watch these around pets and children!
- Hide the food. Rodents are attracted by food– either pet or human. Keeping your kitchen clean, your garbage sealed up nice and tight, and pet food in a sealed, durable plastic container will help you avoid setting out temptations for them.
- Seal entry points. Once you have safely removed your rodents, make sure you seal off their entry points with steel wool, foam insulation, or caulk. Keep in mind rodents can fit through areas smaller than a quarter, so be diligent!
These are some practical ideas for humane rodent control tips. For more information, call your local pest control company.