BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mice and rats carry more than 35 known diseases, from allergies to food poisoning to Lyme disease to Hanta virus, an often-fatal lung infection we've recently heard about in Yosemite National Park.
The rodent control business for Pest Management Professionals is $6 billion annually. [Mintel] We trust these licensed professionals with our safety, possessions, children, and pets. They're used by 20% of all USA households. But, they're costly.
With the cost of a home visit as much as $250, what's a homeowner do if unable to afford this professional expertise, or if unwilling to allow poison/kill methods in their home?
The Federal EPA recently addressed this problem, and moved to register the first effective 'green' rodent repellent for indoor/enclosed area use, FRESH CAB®.
The tenacious farm wife who brought FRESH CAB®, the Trusted Original™ natural rodent repellent to market states: "We had a terrible problem with mice damage in our tractors. I refused to use poisons around my kids and pets, but needed something that worked reliably while our tractors were in storage. So I invented the first natural solution that works!"
Using a natural repellent requires a whole new mindset though, especially if one is used to using poisons. Here's some help:
5 Tips for Using a Natural Rodent Repellent, by Kari Block CEO of EARTH-KIND
- Rodents make decisions based on smell. Mice can see only a few inches and take their cue from their noses, so place a natural rodent repellent in any non-living area where mice or rats might go to nest or find nourishment: pantry, attic, crawl space, under the sink. If a homeowner eliminates a rodents ability to locate food and water, they're 90% there!
- Rodents need to feel safe. They'll try to make their home in a non-living area such as an attic, garage, shed, basement, or a dark unused room. They usually nest within 20 feet of a food source. A single pair of mice can produce up to 15,000 offspring in one year, so make them feel less romantic by placing a natural rodent repellent in these areas.
- Rodents can squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil eraser. Fill all cracks in the foundation, entryway, and sub-floors. Then put a natural rodent repellent near other potential entry sites, such as the garage door, dryer vent, pipes, wires, attic vents.
- Rodents need to chew. Rodents need to gnaw constantly to keep their fast-growing incisor teeth usable. Aid your rodent control program by placing a natural rodent repellent where they might try to gnaw on wiring or wood, like the attic, or a crawl space.
- Use a Federally Registered Natural Rodent Repellent. All natural repellents are not created equal. When a product has 'Fed. Reg. #' on the label, it's been Federally evaluated for both safety and efficacy. This is why natural repellents 'exempt from Federal Registration' are not available in all states. FRESH CAB® is the only Fed. Reg. natural rodent repellent available for retail sale; EVAC Sachets are the only Fed. Reg. natural rodent repellent for PMP use.
Note: If you already have a rodent infestation, go to www.cdc.gov for recommended hazardous waste clean-up measures. To locate a local 'green' pest management professional please visit: http://www.pestworld.org/find-a-pest-control-professional/.
For more information on FRESH CAB®, Fed. EPA Reg. natural rodent repellent, or to find a local retailer in your area visit: www.EARTH-KIND.com.