Mice and rats, for example, are opportunistic organisms. They are naturally drawn to places where leftovers, waste, and pet food can be found, both outside and indoors. They also hunt for weather-proof hiding places to build their nests, especially if they appear to be giving their children ready-made food. This includes houses, sheds, barns, and densely forested areas.
Rodents transmit diseases to humans and pets via parasites such as feces and fleas. Salmonella, typhus, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, and even plague can be transmitted by mice and rats. When curious pets are exposed to rodent activity areas or the pests themselves, they are especially vulnerable.
Continue reading to learn how to deal with rats and mice while keeping your children and pets safe.
Methods for Getting Rid of Rats without Harming Your Pets
When you discover you have a rodent problem, it’s easy to become disheartened, and dealing with it safely when you have pets adds to the difficulty. However, there are several methods for dealing with rats that do not endanger your pets.
Use a Natural Repellent:
A variety of repellents are available on the market in both spray and powder form. It is important to note, however, that some of these are not suitable for animal consumption. If you prefer not to use these, there are some natural herbal repellents that are labeled as safe for pets.
You can also make your own herbal repellents out of cayenne pepper, black pepper, or garlic. Mice are repulsed by these spicy scents, as well as the irritation they cause in their noses and eyes. Peppermint, an odor that most people find pleasant and will not harm pets, is one of the most effective natural repellents for both mice and rats.
Use of Electronic Rat Traps
There are numerous rat and mouse zappers on the market that electrocute rodents. The rodent dies inside the trap, leaving you with no mental images of the dead rodent. When an intruder is detected, built-in sensors deliver an electric shock. When the rat is dead, a light on the trap casing alerts you. Unfortunately, this is not a quick-kill rodent control method, and the traps must be constantly monitored so that they can be emptied after each kill.
Never Combine Poison and Pet Food
Never combine poisons, such as rodent bait, with pet food or other treats that will appeal to your pet. Unfortunately, your pet cannot distinguish between poison and potential food sources, which can result in a very dangerous situation if you are not careful. Although you may be attempting to entice the rodents to take the bait, there is always the possibility that your pet will inadvertently consume some of the poison.
Even minor exposure to certain poisons can be harmful or fatal to pets. If you suspect your pet has been exposed to or consumed a poison, contact your veterinarian right away.
Using the right methods will help you get rid of your rat problem without harming your pets. If you are concerned about tackling this problem on your own, you should consult with a professional to ensure that it is handled safely and efficiently.