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Rodents can carry disease and cause damage to structures, crops, and food supplies. They may also spread a variety of allergens that can trigger asthma symptoms in sensitive persons.

Keep rodents out by storing food in containers they can’t chew and regularly sweeping and vacuuming crumbs. Use tamper-resistant bait stations and traps to stop mice and rats from entering your home. Rodent Control Tampa is essential to keep these pests off your home.


If natural rodent control methods are not available or effective, pesticides may be used to protect people, property, and crops. These are designed to kill specific species of rodents (target species) quickly and efficiently. They may also be used to control weeds and noxious plants or fungi. Examples of pesticides include herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.

Rodents damage crops and agricultural produce all over the world. The damage may be to the crop itself or storage facilities or structures. The economic impact can be severe. For example, rice production in Asia has been reduced by up to 90 percent due to rodents. Damage to grain, vegetable, and fruit farms puts food security in jeopardy.

There is a better way to deal with a rodent infestation than using pesticides. Single- and multiple-entrance snap traps, glue traps (provided you use them only indoors and dispatch trapped rodents immediately), and first-generation baits containing warfarin or chlorophacinone are safe and effective. The key is to eliminate the attracting, feeding, water, and shelter sources that encourage rodents. Store firewood at least 20 feet from your house, stack it neatly, and keep it off the ground. Eliminate moisture sources like leaky pipes and standing puddles. Remove brush, leaf litter, and other debris that attract rodents.

Second-generation rodenticides, such as brodifacoum, bromadiolone, and difenacoum, poison mice, rats, and rabbits by interfering with their blood-clotting systems. These chemicals build toxic concentrations in the target rodents and are lethal to predators, scavengers, pets, and humans who eat the dead rodents.

When a rodent ingests the second-generation bait, it stumbles around for three to four days, making itself an especially attractive meal not only to raptors but to all mammalian predators and scavengers. In some states, necropsies of great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, and northern harriers found residues of these rodenticides in 49 percent of the birds. The same is true of 78 percent of mountain lions and 84 percent of San Joaquin kit foxes.

The EPA declared that the second-generation rodenticides pose an unreasonable risk to children, pets, and wildlife in 2008 and gave manufacturers three years to stop selling them directly to residential customers in bait boxes. That left a loophole that allowed the products to be sold in large quantities to farmers and by licensed exterminators.


Rodents enter living spaces in search of food, water, or shelter. In the case of house mice, they often nest in walls, behind stove walls, or inside appliance motors. Look for droppings, nibbled food, and gnaw marks to find rodent hiding spots. Also, check for chewed ductwork and wires.

When it comes to catching rodents, a variety of traps are available. Snap traps use a trigger and bar or jaw to catch and kill rodents. Glue boards employ a sticky substance to trap rodents that attempt to cross it. Both can be purchased from hardware and grocery stores.

Before setting a trap, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for safety and effectiveness. Also, be sure the trap is out of reach for children and pets. If possible, use multiple traps placed close together to increase the likelihood of capturing rodents. Place traps near areas where signs of rodent activity are found, including rodent droppings, chewed ductwork, or nesting materials. Traps can also be placed outdoors in attics, basements, or crawl spaces.

In addition to traps, other non-toxic control methods can be used. Soaking cotton balls in vinegar can repel rodents, and rubbing a mixture of peppermint or spearmint oil along beams can also deter them. It is recommended that a homeowner try these non-toxic controls first, before turning to pesticides.

Other preventive measures include eliminating outside food sources, storing woodpiles at least 20 feet from the home and stacking them neatly, sealing cracks and caulking leaky pipes, removing piles of debris and weeds, trimming tree limbs, and brushing and cleaning up fallen fruit, vegetables, and other plant matter. Outdoor garbage should be stored in rodent-proof containers with tight-fitting lids and disposed of frequently. Indoor trash should be kept to a minimum, and empty cans should be stored away from the house.

Rats and mice communicate with urine and droppings to find food and shelter, so removing these cues can aid in control efforts. Finally, clean up rodent droppings and contaminated surfaces with disinfectant. Using gloves when handling dead rodents and traps is also strongly advised.


Rodents are an international problem in agriculture, gardening, horticulture, public products, and human habitats. Their damage costs billions worldwide and is a major cause of disease in humans and animals. They can also be responsible for the spread of zoonotic diseases such as the plague, salmonella, leptospirosis, Capillaria hepatica, and other fungal diseases; rodent-bite fever; rat-borne typhus; hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS) and hantavirus hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS); and rabies. They can also cause food contamination and deterioration as well as spoilage of stored crops, materials, and equipment (Sharma et al., 2022).

While repellents can be useful in controlling mouse and rat infestations, they are most effective in conjunction with baits and traps and as a preventative measure. Repellents may affect mice or rats by taste, scent, or both and include compounds that are toxic to the animal or that cause irritation when touched. They are usually sprayed or sprinkled on surfaces or in areas where rodents have been seen.

Common household items such as Bounce dryer sheets, peppermint oil or spray, and mothballs can be used to deter rodents. They do not, however, work well for large infestations or as a replacement for proper rodent exclusion techniques. Additionally, these products can be harmful if ingested or inhaled by children or pets and may cause damage if they are absorbed into the soil.

Another natural method for preventing a rodent infestation is to ensure that all trash and garbage are tightly closed and disposed of regularly. Keeping the home free of crumbs and other easily accessible foods will also make it less attractive to rodents. Store firewood neatly away from the house, and clear yard debris, wood piles, and other potential nesting places. Ask neighbors to do the same so that rodents cannot spread between homes.

The most reliable way to prevent a rodent infestation is to contact a professional pest control company for an inspection of the inside and outside of the home and to identify how and where the mice or rats are entering. Pest control professionals have specialized training, techniques, and potent products not available to homeowners and can solve difficult rodent problems quickly and efficiently.


Rodents can be a nuisance and cause economic loss in agriculture, food processing, public products, and forestry. They carry numerous diseases that can threaten people’s health and safety, and their urine and dander can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive persons. Moreover, rodents chew wires and other materials, which can lead to electrical fires. Hence, it is important to get rid of rodents once they have invaded your home.

Using natural deterrents to keep mice and rats away is an effective alternative to killing them with poison. These natural methods use scent, taste, and physical barriers to keep the pests at bay. Herbal repellents contain ingredients that are naturally offensive to mice and rats. Some of these include peppermint, balsam fir, and lavender. Other popular home remedies include using mothballs, putting out bait stations, and dropping peppermint oil.

The key to preventing rodent infestations is to take an integrated approach, which involves considering the pest rodent’s biology and population dynamics; habitat management, which looks at the physical environment; and people management, which incorporates human activities and land uses. It is also important to educate people on safe and responsible rodent control, which includes avoiding contact with pesticides.

A well-maintained yard and home can also help to prevent rodents. Remove weeds and brush, stack firewood neatly away from the house, and eliminate moisture sources like standing puddles and condensation. In addition, store foods in airtight containers and clean up fallen fruit, seeds, and nuts from the property. It is also advisable to install mesh screen vent covers and gaskets around the dryer, stove, and bathroom exhausts.

Once the rodents have been eliminated, it is crucial to prevent them from returning by removing attractants and continually applying a repellent. We recommend the use of a product such as pouches that contain fast-acting, plant-powered ingredients that repel mice and rats continuously.

It is also important to clean up areas of the yard and home where rodents have been, including rodent droppings, nesting materials, and contaminated objects. It is essential to wear rubber or plastic gloves when sweeping or vacuuming these materials. This is because rodent droppings and contaminated surfaces can carry germs and pathogens that can make people sick.