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Rodent Trapping In Tampa Florida

*trapping for rats & mice is far more effective than poisoning for the rodents               
*trapping is only 1 part of solving a Tampa rat problem,
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Equipment     There are 3 main trap types: cage traps, glue traps, and snap traps. Of these, snap traps are the most effective. Traps are sized differently for rats and mice. In Orlando and Lakeland, FL, almost all rodent problem are rat problems and people should use rat size traps to catch the rodents. Mouse-size traps will NOT catch rats. But rat-size traps will catch mice. In general, the best rodent trapping technique involves using 12-20 rat-sized snap traps. Occasionally glue traps are useful if small rats are spotted inside the home.

Bait     Many different types of bait can be used for rats. In my experience, the best bait is peanut butter and dog food. In most cases, I lay traps in groups of 4 - with 4 traps baited with peanut butter surrounding a plate of dogfood. Use dry dog food as bait!

Where To Set     Most rodentt problems originate in the attic. In the attic, rats leave runway tracks and droppings. The traps should be set where activity is heaviest in the attic. The traps need to go up in the attic as close as possible to where noise is heard.

If rats are seen inside the home proper, traps can be set where they were seen. However, snap traps inside the home are a danger to pets and children. So while adding traps inside the home proper is useful, in most cases all the trapping can be done in attic. Any rat or mouse seen inside the home will run back up into the attic.

Use 12-20 traps     Using a lot of traps is very useful. Rats and mice can be difficult to catch with only a handful of traps. Sometimes its hard to tell the exact best locations to set the traps, and using a lot of traps helps you hedge your bets by covering all of the most likely locations.
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The differences between trapping for rats and mice:    

  • mouse problems are highly unusual in Tampa, FL, while rat problems are very common. Most people who call our Tampa rodent control service having seen a mouse have actually seen a young rat.
  • rat problems almost always involve the attic, whereas mouse problems are much more likely to be confined to inside the home or garage
  • rats are heavier stronger animals and you need to use larger snap traps to successfully catch these animals
  • small mouse-size snap traps or glue board traps will only catch small juvenile rats (if they catch any of the Tampa rats at all), while the adults will get away.

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    • Tampa rodents reproduce rapidly with major activity at night. Rats in Tampa Florida tend to be cautious and mice are more curious.
    • Rat trapping tend to eat most of their food at one time, where mice will nibble a little at a time.
    • It is important to remove rodents food sources, but do not disturb the Tampa rat trapper.
    • You will want a complete rodent elimination to occur before they could move to another area.
    • A successful Tampa rat trapping program includes a combination of baiting and trapping for the highest rate of success.
    • You may also want to consider integrating your Tampa program ,with exclusion techniques and a general cleanup ,removal of their hiding places(harbor aging areas.)
    • If the rodent population is large, you will want to begin with a high quality rodent bait, to quickly knock down a population and prevent rapid growth.
    • Their are different types of baits to choose from: blocks, pellets, seeds ; each rodent population is different in their preferences, so a little of each is a good choice in bait selections.
    • When baiting initially, try not to disturb their original habitats or they may run to another area. After baiting has begun, continue with sanitation procedures, food source removal, and harborage removal to ensure additional rodents from nearby areas are not attracted to your location.
    • Tampa rats also cause damage to our buildings by their burrowing and gnawing activity.
    • Rats in the attic are able to squeeze through very small openings:1/4 inch for mice and 1/2 inch for rats.

    Rat Trapping in Tampa, Florida

    Rats trapping and mice control cause a huge loss of food worldwide. We will mostly be discussing the type of rodents called "commensal rodents". The word commensal means"sharing one's table". The word rodent means to "to gnaw".

    Rat trapping in Tampa, FL will gnaw through many types of materials in order to reach a location including lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding and some concrete.  Besides eating our food they spoil it by contamination with their feces, urine, or fur.

    They can be found not only in our homes, but supermarkets, restaurants, warehouses, food processing facilities, livestock facilities, and farm fields.

    Under stable conditions rodent movement for both rats and mice is limited. A Norway rat control or Tampa rat will move within a diameter of 98 to 164 ft. and a house mouse,10 to 33 ft. If conditions are unstable or there are changes such as new building, they may expand the diameter. They may also expand their range in protected areas such as in sewers, in passages between buildings, and under groundcovers.


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