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. Micecan 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.