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Dealing With Rats and Mice in your home

Published by Richard Shepherd at Smashwords

Copyright Richard Shepherd 2011 All rights reserved

Chapter 1

If you have rats or mice in your home, you need to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Apart form the noise that they make, they can do a great deal of damage by chewing on electrical cables, water pipes, and pulling away insulation materials.

Unfortunately, getting rid of them is easier said than done, and many people often spend huge sums of money on professional pest control firms, sometimes without the result that they wanted.

I live in a very rural area and have had more than my fair share of invasion by these pests. I have had a great deal of experience in catching them and getting rid of them from my house.

The objective of this book is to show you how to deal with them and how to use tried and tested methods of getting rid of them.

I have defeated them every time, although some have taken longer than I would have liked to remove. I have had to use different strategies to deal with them but ultimately they have all been successful.

As well as the experience of living in a rural area, my son also kept a rat as a pet. This gave me a very interesting insight into a rat and showed me how clever and cunning they are. It also taught me what they most like to eat which is valuable knowledge when baiting a trap. The rat was in fact the best pet that we ever owned. He was always friendly no matter what time of the day or night and always wanted to be picked up. However, that is another story.

Stop the pests entering your house

Even before you have any evidence of these pests in your home, you can do a lot to prevent them ever entering in the first place. Mice can get through very tiny openings (about 0.25 inch in diameter) and young rats can slide in through a space of 0.5 inch in diameter. Basically if you can get a ball-point pen through the opening then a mouse can get in.

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