How To Catch A Mouse

Like a magician divulging his best tricks, an experienced pest-control professional shares top strategies for how to get rid of mice and prevent future invasions—including what he does to keep his own home mouse-free.

Martin Overline was assigned 37 years ago by the U.S. Air Force to trap mice on air bases, and he’s been learning about the pests ever since. Today, he’s the owner of Aardvark Pest Management in Philadelphia and a nationally recognized expert on rodent control. Here are his tips for how to get rid of mice in a home.

1. FIND THE ENTRANCES

Overline first checks around the plumbing, wiring, cable, and other infrastructure that leads out of a house. He’s looking for gaps as small as a dime, through which mice can squeeze in and out. He also scans the foundation of the house and around the garage door for mouse-size gaps. In all these places, he checks carefully for mouse poop and other evidence of their activity.

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Stuff copper mesh into gaps, then seal with caulk. “Don’t try to fill them with foam,” Overline warns. “I’ve seen mice nesting in it.”

2. SEARCH FOR OIL

Mice leave behind an oily substance wherever they go, he says. The oil, known as sebum, shows other mice the path to food sources and nesting spots. It lingers for up to a year. “I see the greasy, grimy trail around the holes that they use as they move around your house, on floors, and inside cabinets,” Overline says.

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Use a strong disinfectant to clean areas where you’ve seen grimy trails and mouse poop, especially around their entry points, so that new mice don’t find their way in after you’ve trapped those already in your home. Also thoroughly clean up and disinfect anyplace you see mice droppings, as their location also communicates to other mice.

3. SET MANY TRAPS

After Overline identifies the patterns of mice’s movement in a house, he sets a lot of classic snap traps, concentrating on the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. “If you have a drop ceiling, I’m putting mouse traps up there too,” he says. “That’s a paradise for mice.”

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Mice breed so quickly that you always have more than one. “For every mouse you see, you want to set a dozen mouse traps around your house,” Overline advises.

4. MIX THE BAITS

Peanut butter works as mouse trap bait because mice primarily eat nuts and seeds, but they’re attracted to many high-protein foods and sweets. “Mice are naturally curious and want to taste new food,” Overline says.

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Vary the mouse trap baits you use to appeal to their natural curiosity. Hazelnut spread, chocolate, and the food mice have been feeding on in your house also will lure them to your mouse traps. In fall and winter, breeding females gather fibrous materials to build nests, so they’re attracted to mouse trap baits such as dental floss, cotton, and yarn, Overline notes.

5. KEEP ON TRAPPING

Overline leaves a few “early warning” mouse traps in place even after a house has been cleared of mice. “If mice have been in your house before, there’s a good chance one or two will try again from time to time,” he says. “If you catch the first couple, you can step up the number of mouse traps you’ve set and stop a full invasion before it starts.”

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Leave set mouse traps at all times in your basement, attic, and garage, and on top of those drop ceilings, which are the most common access points for mice in your house. “I keep about eight mouse traps set in my own house at all times,” Overline says.

6. SECURE YOUR FOOD

Before Overline leaves clients’ homes, he tells them one simple, hard truth about mice. “There’s only one way to keep mice from returning to your house,” he says. “Secure every food source. Everything else you do will fail if you don’t do that.”

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Put all the food stored outside your refrigerator into sealed plastic, glass, or metal containers. Don’t count on cardboard packaging, which mice can gnaw through. Kibble and other dry food left out in pets’ bowls are easily accessible to mice, so be sure to discard or store any leftovers right away. The pests often find bags of pet food and birdseed in homes too. They need to be securely stored to stop mice from feeding on them. “Another food source you have to get rid of is seeds that get stuck to the lawn mower when you’re cutting the grass,” Overline says. “That can be the food that first attracts them into your house.”

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Safe & Effective Control of Rats

RatX® is scientifically formulated to safely eliminate rodents, assuring proven results that are 100% effective against all species of rats and mice.

RatX® is a new approach to effectively kill unwanted rats and mice from homes, industrial buildings, schools, retail centers, livestock premises, barnyards, greenhouses, and any area where the unwanted pests inhabit.

RatX® is an easy to use, 100% naturally derived, non-toxic approach to controlling rats and mice. It is fully biodegradable and generates no environmental pollution. RatX® is SAFE even if accidentally ingested by pets or wildlife. RatX® is even SAFE to birds of prey with NO RISK of secondary kill. Available in 8 oz, 1 lb., 3 lb., and 25 lb.

  • 100% non-toxic to people, pets, livestock, and wildlife
  • Non-toxic rat and mouse control
  • Perfect for indoor and outdoor use

RatX Ready Trays™ are premeasured bait trays that make baiting easy, just peel off the bait tray cover and set the RatX Ready Trays™ out where you see rat or mouse activity. Available in 2 pack, 4 pack, and 8 pack.

  • 100% deadly to rats and mice
  • No secondary kill
  • Formulated for indoor and outdoor use
  • No bait box needed

MouseX Bait Discs™ are created from a unique patented blend of food-grade ingredients to increase performance and palatability. RatX Bait Discs™ are a novel approach to a safe and effective means to rid an area of rats and mice, and the problems associated therein. Both factors aid rat and mouse acceptance and uptake, helping to achieve rapid eradication of rat and mouse infestations. RatX Bait Discs™ are weather resistant and perfect for use in outdoor bait boxes. Available in 1 lb.

  • Can be used as a Bait Box Refill to keep bait dry
  • Kills rats and mice in 3-5 days
  • No special requirements for transport, handling, storage, or disposal
  • No risk of contamination to crops or food
  • No environmental pollution
  • Fully biodegradable

Rats and mice naturally avoid new objects, so traps take some time to be effective. Using RatX Rat and Mouse Attractant™ can make traps more effective. RatX Rat & Mouse Attractant™ provides the animal with a readily recognizable scent that replicates another animal’s presence, thereby reducing the fear and caution of approaching a new food. Food grade, safe for use around livestock and pets. Available in 3 oz.

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Bonide: Eight Is Greater Than Seven

Bonide’s Eight Insect Control products control many common, and not so common, insects on an extensive list of host plants and also around structures, such as homes and buildings. The pyrethroid chemical technology used in Eight products kill insects on contact and gives residual control for up to 3 months, depending on the product.

Eight is available in a variety of formulations, such as dust, granular, and liquids. The dust formulation is a convenient ready-to-use product for use on vegetables, roses and flowers. It is available in a convenient, refillable 10 oz. squeeze duster and an economical 3 lb. bag for those larger jobs.

The liquid formulation is available in a variety of application methods. The no-mix ready-to-use Eight is labeled for use on an extensive list of plants and around the home. It kills insects on contact and lasts for up to 8 weeks.

For those bigger jobs, the concentrate version can be used on lawns, flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and even houseplants with control of up to four weeks. For spraying those larger areas, such as a lawn, or if you need to reach high into trees, the ready-to-spray version allows for quick control of troublesome insects. It can also be used on homes, porches, patios, and garages to control home-invading pests, such as ants, spiders, fleas, and even stink bugs!

Eight is also available in a granular version, in a convenient shaker container, for use in vegetable and flower gardens to control surface and subsurface insects for up to 3 months.

In 2018 Bonide has introduced a new 10 lb. bag size of the granular Eight product, for use in larger vegetable and flower gardens, plus on lawns to control surface and subsurface insects, such as ants, fleas, ticks, wireworms, cutworms, and white grubs. The 10 lb. bag treats up to 10,000 square feet and will continue to control insects for up to 3 months. This granular product is easily applied with a broadcast or drop spreader and can be used to fill Bonide’s convenient 3 lb. shaker container, if needed. With a suggested retail of $11.99 per bag, this is sure to be the stand-out winner in your lineup of granular insect control products.

All of these, highly-effective, Eight products are available in Bonide’s NEW Eight Assortment, #20549. The new assortment contains one case of each of the top-selling Eight product sku’s, so you will have a product to answer any insect problem your customer may have.

For the upcoming 2018 season, Bonide has added their Eight products to their highly successful national ad campaign on HGTV and DIY TV, plus their campaign on Google. This will complement their successful Eight radio ads, which they have been running for years on Garden Talk Shows and Home Improvement radio shows across the country.

Ask your Arett Sales representative about Bonide’s Eight products, and see why “Eight is greater than seven!” Order now, as Early Order pricing is still in effect for the 2018 season.

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EcoSMART Safe Pesticide Solutions

EcoSMART®, a world leader in safe pesticide solutions, is a venture-backed company with patented technology and a world-class management team. Their mission is to create the world’s safest, most effective pesticides based on natural ingredients. With 15 years of scientific research and a wealth of patents, they manufacture insecticides that are safe to use around children and pets, and offer a complete line of EPA exempt pesticides.

Essential Oils – Nature’s Way

EcoSMART® was the first company to apply modern science to essential plant oils — creating a safe pesticide brand. Their products are based on the natural defenses that plants and trees have used for their self-protection against insects and pathogens for millennia — essential oils.

EcoSMART® is based on solid science

University research has shown that these oils attack octopamine neuro-receptors. Octopamine is a key insect neurotransmitter that regulates insect movement, behavior and metabolism. The blockage of the receptor activity prevents the transmission of the octopamine signals, which delivers quick knock down, kill, and repellency against a wide variety of household pests such as cockroaches, ants, dust mites, flies, wasps, spiders, crickets, and fleas. EcoSMART’s blends of natural plant oils are effective at killing bugs fast without leaving harmful residues.

Patents and Technology Platform

EcoSMART® has been issued 40 U.S. patents and 55 foreign patents, with multiple applications pending. They have twenty product formulations that are exempt from EPA registration under the rules defined in the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act. Under these rules, EcoSMART®’s EPA exempt products can make unique, explicit safety claims not allowed with traditional pesticides. These safety claims enable EcoSMART® to clearly distinguish itself from conventional, synthetic products.

Safe for use around children and pets

EcoSMART®’s blend of essential oils pose an insignificant risk to the environment. The primary active ingredients products are approved as Direct Food Additives or classified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, making the products are safe for use around children and pets.

Long track record

EcoSMART’s university-tested and field-proven technology has provided natural pest control solutions to the agricultural and commercial markets for many years. EcoSMART® is a trusted name in the industry and provides safe and effective alternatives to conventional insecticides for leading commercial pest control services.

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RESCUE! GoClip Personal Mosquito Repellent

GoClip™ for Mosquitoes can be attached to clothing, a lanyard, a hat, a backpack, a stroller – even a dog collar. It protects the space around you with a pleasant-smelling blend of all-natural essential oils that repels mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks.

The GoClip™ repellency lasts 48 hours –you can use it for several hours at a time, and then place GoClip™ in its resealable package to extend the life for days.

  • Repels mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks
  • DEET-free and kid-safe
  • All-natural
  • Pleasant scent
  • Nothing to spray or apply to your skin
  • Deters insects from landing or biting
  • Lasts 6 days, based on 8 hours’ use per day
  • Resealable pouch allows clip to be used multiple times, up to 48 hours total
  • Made in the U.S.A.

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Save 25% On Dr. Earth’s Pest & Disease Controls

Save 25% On Dr. Earth’s line-up of OMRI Certified Pest & Disease Controls.

Dr. Earth® Final Stop® Controls are now OMRI Certified. OMRI Certification is the gold standard for organic products since 1997. OMRI serves both product manufacturers as well as the organic farming community.

Final Stop® all natural pest and pathogen control products provide an effective alternative to chemical sprays. Dr. Earth® is unique in its formulation of natural components that quickly kill and control the target. No harmful chemicals – just nature’s intelligence. By carefully selecting combinations of food grade essential oils, garlic extract and organic acids, their natural products let nature do the killing.

Dr. Earth’s organic offerings are a safer alternative to chemical sprays and are people and pet safe. All Final Stop® ingredients work synergistically to provide amazing results in no time. Their carefully crafted combination of natural ingredients kills on contact while providing continuous protection for weeks after treatment.

Dr. Earth® Final Stop® Insect Killers – Yard & Garden, Vegetable Garden, Rose & Flower, Fruit Tree, Snail & Slug & Pest Control – Make it easy to choose just the right control for any pest in any area in the house or garden.

Dr. Earth® Final Stop® Disease Control Fungicide – Provides an extremely effective, organic solution to address a wide range of fungal diseases on shrubs, trees, lawns, roses, fruit trees, annuals, and perennials – both during the growing season and as a dormant spray.

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GardenTech: Keeping Edible Gardens Healthy

For more than 55 years, GardenTech® Sevin® Brand insecticides have been trusted by homeowners and professionals to control a wide variety of outdoor insects, including ants, army worms, Japanese beetles, leafhoppers, stink bugs, and other listed insects. Sevin® Insecticide is specially formulated with carbaryl, one of most effective synthetic insecticides on the market.

Growing your own vegetables and fruits is a rewarding and ultimately tasty adventure. Armed with Sevin Insecticide, you can keep your edible garden healthy throughout the growing season and enjoy the delicious fruits of your labor all year long.

Sevin® Ready-To-Use 5% Dust provides fast-acting, effective control of more than 65 listed nuisance insects on garden vegetables, fruit, ornamental shrubs or flowers, and even lawns. Sevin® RTU 5% Dust has a dual mode of action, working on contact and by ingestion. Following use, Sevin® RTU 5% Dust is easily broken down in the environment. Depending on the edible, the dust can be applied throughout the growing season, right up until the day before harvest. The 1 lb. bottle of Sevin® RTU 5% Dust is ergonomically designed for easier gripping and application and is weatherproof. The dust formulation is sold individually and in three-packs.

Shaking off pests has never been so easy.

A little shaking goes a long way. No mixing or measuring. Just apply a thin coating of dust onto leaf surfaces. When applying, begin with areas further away and moved back toward you to avoid over-application, and wear rubber gloves for safety. After applying, keep children and pets clear of the area until the dust settles.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Do

  • Shake container before using
  • Apply when air is calm
  • Wear gloves when applying
  • Dust lightly to cover leaves with a thin, even film of dust
  • Apply at the furthest corner and work backward

 Do Not

  • Do not apply to blooming flowers
  • Do not use on large trees
  • Do not use indoors
  • Do not repeat applications more than once per week (7 days)
  • Do not allow people or pets to enter treated area until dust has settled

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can Sevin® insecticides be used inside the home?

The Sevin® line is specially designed for outdoor usage and should not be applied indoors, on bedding or pets, or in vehicles. For household plants, Sevin® insecticides can be used so as long as plants are taken outside. Once settled/dried, the treated plants can be brought back inside. With any insect control product, it’s always important to closely read and follow the label instructions.

How does Sevin control insects?

Sevin® has a dual mode of action. It works on contact and through ingestion. Sevin® is nonsystemic, which means it does not penetrate plant tissue. After controlling the targeted pest, Sevin® is easily broken down in the environment.

Can Sevin® Dust be mixed with water?
Sevin® Dust formulation is not intended to be mixed with water. It should only be used dry.

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Provide a Line of Defense with Deer Off® Repellents

Anyone who has dealt with deer on their property knows how frustrating it can be. They forage in gardens and flowerbeds, rub their antlers against trees, bed on your lawn and cause other damage to carefully tended property in their search for food. Worse yet, deer can plague a yard at any time of year, making deterrent efforts seem like a never-ending battle. That’s why Havahart®, a leader in humane animal control solutions, recommends using Deer Off® Liquid Spray Repellents and Weatherproof Deer Repellent Stations to keep deer away.

“Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell to locate food and sense danger. To effectively protect your yard and gardens, you need to devise a repellent strategy that affects those senses,” says Carlos Medina, Assistant Marketing Manager for Havahart®. “By applying repellents featuring ingredients such as dried blood, capsaicin or putrescent egg, you can interfere with a deer’s scent and taste.”

Deer Off® Repellents use scent-based active ingredients to elicit a neurological response from deer that sends them running. Liquid spray repellents also repel by taste – by making their favorite foods taste bad, deer are discouraged from eating.

Deer Off® Ready-to-Use Sprays and Concentrated Repellents are ideal for preventing and discouraging nuisance deer from browsing particular plants on your property. Some benefits of these products are:

  • The highly-concentrated formula containing putrescent eggs imitates the scent of decaying animals and warns deer of nearby predator activity, making them flee.
  • A second ingredient layer of garlic and hot peppers creates burning flavors to make plants inedible to nuisance deer.
  • When the unique, dual-action formula dries, it is odorless to humans.
  • Weather-resistant protection lasts up to 3 months to provide season-long control.
  • OMRI Listed® for use in eco-friendly and organic gardening.

Keep in mind, it is not recommended to apply liquid repellents directly to edible plants. Instead, spray them on surrounding, non-edible plants until runoff occurs.

Deer Off® Waterproof Deer Repellent Stations offer many of the same great benefits of spray repellents, all in a weatherproof casing. Some of these benefits include:

  • Contains 100% dried blood that is easily detectable by deer, triggering their flight mechanism.
  • All-natural deer deterrent is odorless to humans.
  • The rugged housing keeps water out while allowing air to pass through to spread the repellent scent.
  • Weatherproof design provides protection from deer all season long.
  • Thin metal stakes and discreet color blend in naturally with your yard.
  • The encased active ingredient is safe for use near edible plants.

When applying repellent stations, be sure to properly space them (about 4-6 ft. apart) for full perimeter protection. Placing them too far apart may create areas of vulnerability.

“Reducing other attractants in your yard is key to ensuring that your Deer Off® repellent strategy is effective. If you protect some areas, but not others, deer may still view your property as a food source,” says Medina. “Also remove remnants of fruits and vegetables after they’ve been harvested and keep your lawn trimmed. For continued effectiveness, be sure to reapply liquid repellents periodically – especially after a heavy rainfall.”

Whether you need to protect your crops or just your lawn, Havahart® has the solutions you need to deter deer humanely and effectively.

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Bonide: Control Invading Rodents This Winter

Now that the winter season has arrived, our four-legged friends (mice, that is!) are attempting to enter our homes to avoid “Old Man” winter. The Revenge® brand from Bonide® has the products to help you keep these pests, and a few others, from invading your home.

The Revenge® #48112 and #48113 Refillable Mouse Bait Stations have proven to be a highly effective and safe way to control mice. They feature a lockable child resistant bait station, which conforms to the new EPA requirements for this type of bait station. The bait station has a clear top for easy monitoring of the bait. The highly palatable bait is especially attractive to mice. The bait station can be mounted vertically or horizontally and is perfect for kitchens, garages, basements, and other typical household areas.

Included in the Revenge® brand of mouse & rat control products are the more “traditional” pieces, such as Baited Glue Trays (#47020, #47026 & #47030) and Snap Traps (#47062 & #47070). The glue trays feature superior ‘Catch & Hold’ adhesive in a low-profile tray for easy access. The snap traps have a unique and effective design. Most snap traps do not allow for the mouse or rat to “commit” to the trap. Without the “commitment”, the mouse or rat can easily escape the trap. The large bait pedals and ‘V-hook’ trap set ensure that the mouse or rat “commits” entirely to the trap with NO ESCAPE!!

Continuing to prove to be a top-seller is the highly effective Revenge® EZ-Set Traps (#47080 & #47090). These specially designed traps are 100% effective at catching mice and rats! The rodent must “commit” for the trap to trigger. Once triggered, there is NO ESCAPE from the trap. The extra large bait wells allow for the use of special “treats” to attract the mouse or rat to the trap. The EZ-Set Traps are simple to set and can be reused if need be. This highly effective trap should definitely be a part of your rodenticide offering.

Consumers who don’t want to deal with “dead” mice have a natural alternative in Bonide’s® Mouse Magic product. Mouse Magic is a blend of essential oils that trigger the “escape/avoidance” behavior in mice, driving them from homes, garden sheds, cabinets, gas grills, lawn mowers and more. They do not like it and go elsewhere. Mouse Magic is available in convenient “place pack” pouches, which treat a standard size room for up to 45 days. Use these “place packs” wherever mice enter, feed or nest. People and pet safe, Mouse Magic is available in a 4-pack box or an economical 12-pack re-sealable bag.

In 2016, Bonide Rat Magic® was added to the line-up of repellent products. Rat Magic® Rodent Repellent is the perfect sister product to the highly successful Mouse Magic repellent. Rat Magic® is an all-natural, granular repellent, which is highly effective in repelling not only rats, but also chipmunks and squirrels. This biodegradable, outdoor use product is a unique combination of essential oils that naturally repels for up to 2 weeks. The 5 lb. shaker container treats up to 1000 square feet. It is People and Pet safe and does an effective job at repelling pesky squirrels that feast at a bird feeder, without repelling the birds!

NOW is the time for controlling these unwanted pests. The Revenge® brand from Bonide®, has the products available to help your customers control and prevent these creatures from entering their homes. Bonide’s® highly-effective Mouse Magic and Rat Magic® products give the consumer a “natural” choice in controlling their “4-legged” pest problem. The rodenticide products from Revenge® and Bonide® are available by the case pack or in pre-determined assortments. The assortments are enhanced with free goods to maximize your profits within this category.

See your Arett Sales representative or a Bonide sales representative now to review these products and assortments, so you can take advantage of what your customers are looking for at this time of year.

5 Reasons Why Safer Brand’s New Look Will Help Your Bank Account

Have you seen Safer® Brand lately? The organic gardening spray manufacturer changed its look, adopting a sharp green bottle color scheme and modern design to make its products pop on your shelves.

“We performed a survey that told us that our organic gardening customers react positively to a vibrant green color in their purchasing, so that became the new Safer® Brand color,” explained Safer® Brand’s Andrea Itnyre. “From there, we focused on attractive graphics that really demonstrate the value of Safer® Brand’s organic offerings.”

Safer® Brand’s new design will benefit retailers, too, because its OMRI Listed® products are in high demand among consumers. That demand, of course, will turn into sales. Here are five ways that Safer® Brand’s new look is aimed at helping your bottom line:

  • Safer® Brand’s New Labels Highlight Target Insects – If your consumers have a bug problem, Safer® Brand’s illustrated labels immediately indicate that their solution is in hand!
  • Safer® Brand’s New Design Attracts Consumers – Organic gardeners know to look for a few key icons on their pest control and fertilizer products. Safer® Brand prominently displays its OMRI Labeled® and NOP For Organic Gardening logos.
  • Safer® Brand’s New Bottles Stand Out – In a sea of white and blue bottles, Safer® Brand’s vibrant green bottles are instant eye-catchers!
  • Safer® Brand’s New Sprayer Head Improves Performance – When Safer® Brand committed to a new look, they studied everything about their packaging. As a result, the Safer® Brand team chose a new, sturdier sprayer head to deliver their products more effectively with a fine mist pattern.
  • Safer® Brand Still Delivers Results – The best part of Safer® Brand’s products? They continue to deliver their same amazing results! Using a variety of OMRI Listed® materials, consumers can continue to rely on Safer® Brand for use in their organic gardens!

When you add all these great features up, you can count on Safer® Brand to deliver the sales results you need to serve your organic gardening customers.

Looking for more information on Safer® Brand? Contact your Arett sales representative.

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