I am a pest control Professional with experience in How to Get Rid of Rats Without Poison. Here, I discuss the method and pest control tools I have found in over a decade of field experiments and experience. I discuss what I have personally found works and what does not and more important I will try to inform the readers from a pest professionals viewpoint why some thinks work and others do not when trying to Get Rid of Rats Without Poison. I will also discuss Rat Poisons and some common selling points myths that are often spread by persons using and / or selling these Poisons. I will also give some IPM (integrated pest management) tips on pest control for Rats Without Poison being used.
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1 Anti-coagulant Poisons OR multi-feed Rat Poison - There are basically two types of Rat Poison on the market today. The first is single-feed or quick kill poisons. These are as the name / category describes - one time and done poisons - one feeding by the rodent and enough poison is ingested to kill the rat - usually within an hour. This type of poison has lost favor with residential use as the poisoned and sick feeling rat will usually immediately retreat to its nest in your attic walls or basement and die and then decay and smell. Or the poisoned rats may die around the household and be found and ingested by family pets and thus sicken or fatally poison the pet(s).
The second type is the slow kill - multi-feed Rat Poisons. There are usually anticoagulant or blood thinning in nature and / or vitamin poisons which contain such a high amount of some basic vitamins that they build up and become toxic to the rat(s) thus killing them over time with multiple feedings. These poisons are designed and used and have the selling point that as the rat is slowly bleeding to death internally from its blood becoming too thin that the rodents become so thirsty in the final stages that the Rats will go without the comforts of laying in its nest - but will instead become so thirsty that sick and dying they will venture out to find water to quench their thirst. I have heard hardware store employees - and what I call "90 day wonders" - give this Pest Control Myth to just as uninformed customers - it goes something like this - homeowner / customer "but won't the rat just go to its nest in my attic and die and then what am I supposed to do about the smell?" - hardware store employee or junior pest control applicator aka "90 day wonder" - "no, the poison will make the rats so thirsty they will not die in your attic or wall but will instead be sooo thirsty that they will go in search of water." Let me explain further about the "90 day wonders" general / average pest control knowledge. In pest control there are two types of licenses - applicators licenses and QP or Charter licenses (depending on which each state prefers). Applicators licenses is when a pest control company hires a new employee to be a "field technician". It usually gives each new employee about 2 weeks to one month of class room and on the job training before they are let loose in a pickup truck with a pest control uniform, a spray can, some rat traps, and rat poison bait stations. Most states require that the employees pass a basic pest control applicators license test(s) in the areas of pest control they will be "applying in the field". These new employees are usually required (by most states) to pass the applicators test within 90 days of being hired - yet to hear them talk so often they present themselves as pest control experts. Each pest control business has to have someone with a charter or QP (qualifying party) license in "core pest control" and each area the company practices in One has to apprentice under another QP holder for 2-3 years to quality to even test for a core pest control QP license. I have several pest control QP licenses and several applicator licenses. In one of the pest control textbooks that I had to study (Truman's Scientific Pest Control Manual aka the "Bible of Pest Control"). it told QP's and Charter holders not to allow their employees to spread this rat poison myth that the Rats would "go to water and die" - instead it instructs QP's and Charter holders to sternly tell their employees (the 90-day wonders) to ethically inform the customers that the rats that ingest the poison will mostly feel so sick that the Rats will go without water and instead go to their nests and die most of the time.
Owl boxes are wooden Owl "bird houses" that owls can reside in and produce offspring. A pair of breeding owls and their offspring can ge rid of hundreds of rats without poison each year - it is what owls do. Scientist have found that predatory birds like owls also see in the ultraviolet light range - rat pee which the rats literally squeeze out drop at a time as they run, glows under ultraviolet / back light. the rats also urine mark each other (in their colony) so the rats faces glow blueish white under ultraviolet light. The Owls can see in the ultraviolet range so the rats urine trail and the fats faces literally glow in the visual perception of the owls - the owls are like rat terminators. Owl boxes to attract nesting owls and the the owls get busy getting rid of rats without poison naturally.
In my pest control field experiments and in numerous applications (literally hundreds) I have observed that 97% of the time that high intensity rat control strobe lights are the best way to get rid of rats without poison in a number of application sites form attics, basement, cellars, restaurants, fire stations and even on military base applications. Again, I have observed a 97% success rate using rats control strobe lights as the "without poison" best way to go. I prefer Good Abode Corporation's Stunbright™ rat control strobe lights - they are the ones being used by Massey Services which is one of the top 5 pest control companies in the United States with hundreds of service offices in 5 states. As far as quality and bulb life goes I believe that Stunbright™ rat control strobe lights are the best.
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I can't really say that I "LIKE" mint oil for rat control and I have never personally used it - - - BUT I have heard from reliable sources - first hand - that it does work to repel rats without poison but it has so many drawbacks that have dissuaded me from ever trying it. Basically rats and mice and cockroaches and ants for that matter cannot strand the smell of mint oil - OR - it disrupts their olfactory receptors or smelling ability to the point these pests cannot rely on their sense of smell - which is often times more important to the rats than their eyesight. So (with a sigh) do I think it repels rats - NO (but wait) - INSTEAD I think that it serves as a sensory "Blinder" that inhibits the natural and routine olfactory guidance or "Smell-O-Vision" of the rats enough that they can't find their pee scent trails and the rats thus get disoriented and lost. SMELL ='s Rat GPS - mint oils is like a "NO SIGNAL" for the rats "SMELL GPS" if you will.
Drawbacks of mint oil to get rid of rats without poison:
1. Has to be purchased (can be expensive due to its small amounts sold in) and mixed with water and emulsifying agent like polysorbate 80
2. Has to be sprayed in application site where rats are running and nesting
3. Has to be sprayed again (scent does not last long - few days)
4. Has to be sprayed again
Has to be sprayed yet again - get the picture --- expensive - doesn't last long --- labor intensive and last but not least
5. You had better like the smell of peppermint
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