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To Catch Or To Kill (Part 2)

2010 March 11

Following up on last week’s blog post, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of comments sent in favor of the “catch and release” school when it comes to eliminating rodents. Since my last blog, I’m pleased to report that we have not had any other unwanted visitors of the rodent family. It’s obvious that the pesky creature found its way into the house when I left the garage and kitchen doors open.

That leads me to today’s issue—how to control pests without poisons. Among the do’s and don’ts of pest control, create physical barriers that will prevent these pests from entering the homes. It’s obvious that they do not need an invitation to come into your home nor will they always choose to come in through the front door. To create these physical barriers, it’s important to close off entryways and hiding places for these pests. You should caulk cracks and crevices around cabinets and baseboards. Use wire mesh to fill holes around where pipes go through the wall, ceiling or floor. Although they might seem like very small spaces, openings along pipes serve as excellent pathways for these unwanted creatures.

Since National Poison Prevention Week is fast approaching, I wanted to share additional information on preventing poisonings in your home.  These accidental poisonings can be prevented if we store household pesticide products away from the reach of children and pets. By using pesticides properly, we can keep our family and pets safe.

And for those of you who were asking about my cats last week, here’s an update. After the raucous created from capturing the small mouse in the toy box and dumping everything on the deck, the three cats made their appearance flexing there muscles. Where were they when we needed them the most? It really was a comical scene.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and chairs EPA’s Multilingual Communications Task Force. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. Lina-EPA permalink*
    March 11, 2010

    “Children are fast, and so are poisons.” Protect your family by keeping pesticide products out of their reach. National Poison Prevention Week. http://twurl.nl/fh3o03

  2. Linda permalink
    March 11, 2010

    I know how you feel about the cats … my 15-year-old cat has zero interest in rodent control these days. He’s far more interesting in catching a nap in a sunny spot.

  3. Al Bannet permalink
    March 11, 2010

    Rodents are well know to carry various dangerous germs, for example the Hanta virus. So anyone trying to “capture and release” is taking a big chance by doing so. Safety first.

  4. Lina-EPA permalink*
    March 11, 2010

    The two older cats definitely love napping under the sun. The youngest one likes to play a lot, but she didn’t make an appearance until the mouse was actually gone.

  5. Lina-EPA permalink*
    March 11, 2010

    I know. I think that we were all lucky, the mouse included, that chain of events like they did. I wouldn’t come near it with a ten foot pole and I definitely prefer the killing option. I guess I was not quite open in my blog writing. While all the scene was unfolding, I was far away in the kitchen. A very distant observer, I may add.

  6. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    March 13, 2010

    Our condo association maintenance department does a great job with installing barriers to prevent pests as small as ants from getting into the buildings. Barriers are a lot better than sprays or baits and a lot healthier, too. We also have a good grounds keeping crew that works hard to make sure the plants are well cared for and no pests can come into the buildings by way of trees or bushes. And we have natural pest control of different kinds. Sprays and baits are dangerous and full control may take several sprayings or bait placements. It is also important to leave a window open when using sprays which can be cold if you need to spray in winter. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  7. Lina-EPA permalink*
    March 13, 2010

    Mr. Bailey,
    Very good recommendations. Thanks for sharing.
    Lina

  8. arok permalink
    March 18, 2010

    This is not even funny !!! Blogs are for arguing and information search. They are not research papers and definitely not an Educational tool !!!

  9. Pest control permalink
    May 8, 2010

    I think it is worth mentioning that if your trap and release a rodent it is likely to find its way back into you house unless you release it over 5 miles from you home. The problem with this is that the rodent would be placed in an unfamiliar environment which may stress it

  10. http://rounddiningtableset.com permalink
    June 10, 2010

    Yes posioning is a bad idea. I also dislike the idea of posioining these creatures. Let them escape and not disturb you.

  11. Brisbane Pest Control permalink
    July 31, 2013

    Really good that you control pest and to prevent that they expand of their harmful defect. This is the best idea that to kill a pest without poisons. Thank you!!!

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