Category Archives: Rodent Control

Rodents: What You May Not Want to Know, but Should (Part 1 of 6)

MYTH:  The major rat-borne diseases of the past, like plague, no longer occur in the United States. FACT:  Plague was mainly carried in the Middle Ages by the roof rat (Rattus rattus).  Plague exists today in the western United States, but is mainly … Continue reading

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Rodents: What You May Not Want to Know, but Should (Part 2 of 6)

MYTH:  Customers with cats and dogs will have fewer rodent problems. FACT:   Not all cats are good “mousers,” and few cats will challenge a rat.  Many dog breeds tolerate rats, although some terriers bred to fight rats may attack those they encounter.  … Continue reading

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Rodents: What You May Not Want to Know, but Should (Part 3 of 6)

MYTH:  Rodents won’t eat poison baits if their regular food is around. FACT:   Modern rodenticide bait products are made to be particularly attractive and palatable to rodents.  They can compete with most alternate food products, especially if put in a … Continue reading

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Rodents: What You May Not Know, but Should (Part 4 of 6)

MYTH:  Cheese is a favorite rodent food, and good bait for traps. FACT:   Traditionally, cheese became a common bait because it was readily available, could be fastened or tied to a trap, lasted along time and had an attractive odor.  … Continue reading

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Rodents: What You May Not Want to Know, but Should (Part 5 of 6)

MYTH:  Some rodenticides cause rodents to dry up without smelling. FACT:   There is no known product that rodents would eat that would cause this to happen.  Some sellers of rodenticides or rodent control services have made this claim to get … Continue reading

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Rodents: What You May Not Want to Know, but Should (Part 6 of 6)

MYTH:  Some rodenticides cause rodents to go find water to drink. FACT:   I know of no current product that causes this reaction after it is eaten.  This myth probably arose to help reassure customers that rodents would not be dying … Continue reading

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