A word (and photo) about bait security.  The EPA has mandated more secure protections of rodent bait so that only the intended target animal eats it.  This is why.  A raccoon got access to a rodent bait that had a blue marker die in it.  I was called to trap this raccoon, but there is no need now.  Notice the nice brown droppings from before the incident, and the nice blue droppings from the bait.  This raccoon has bled to death my now.  So don’t bait on your own without proper precautions, or CALL A RESPONSIBLE PRO!

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Now back to our regularly scheduled fun.

If you missed out on the opportunity to cash in when the Chinese took rats off restaurant menu listings during the olympics and drove rat lovers to the black market to satisfy their desires for good eats, we’ll be glad to dispose of your crop.  (Yes, that’s dated.  But now that the Chinese have secured another olympics, it will be timely again soon enough.)

Mice have pointy noses, rats have blunt noses.  These
pups are rats.  Notice the nose on the lower left.

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This mouse was easier to kill than we thought it would be.




These rats were on the bottom floor, and in a crawl space.
Sometimes the noise comes from above.  Check the gutters.
If they look like this
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look for an opening like this.

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We can trap them, poison them, exclude them with physical barriers, or drop off a hungry cat on a long leash.  What we do depends on your situation, with pets and physical structure the key determining issues.

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The foam was to close off access.  The access was to the left, behind the dishwasher.
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The pipe in the rear middle goes through a large opening to the crawl.