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Rats and Mice

Why Control Rats and Mice:

A single female rat and her offspring can theoretically produce 15,000 rats in one year.
Rats and mice are often the culprits that cause damage to buildings, foodstuffs, wiring and have a direct implication in lost production on farms.  Rats and mice can carry Leptospirosis ballum and have been identified as the cause in some cases of human infection.  Use of an effective bait is the best way to gain control of rodent population.

Rats and mice can be difficult to control due to bait shyness, the hardest thing about baits is to ensure rats and mice eat them continuously, don't mistake gnawed timber and wiring with eating, this is done to wear down their teeth which continuously grow, in fact rats and mice are notoriously fussy eaters.  If you want bait to compete with their normal food you have to remove the normal food (this tends to be impractical) or provide an incredibly tasty bait, if bait is unpalatable they don't eat it or they store it and eat more desirable food first.

Rats and mice suffer from neophobia - to be afraid of anything new.  Rats and mice will often not venture near any new items or food sources that are unfamiliar.  This can be overcome if they find the bait attractive as rodents have an acute sense of smell the scent of bait is important, this will influence them to taste baits quicker.  Once tasted the palatability is quickly communicated, unsatisfactory palatability results in lower uptake and poor control while high palatability returns exceptional uptake.  In the case of palatable bait such as Racumin Paste the palatable message conveyed encourages rodents to quickly and continually devour baits until control is achieved.

Did you know a 250 gram rat can eat up to 10% of its body weight daily ie 25 grams, 100 rats will eat 2.5 kg per day, in one week that's 17.5kg!  You will only every see a tiny fraction of their population.