IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
In order to provide the best natural mouse and rodent control, many professional rat exterminators use IPM. IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management. Farmers, gardeners, homeowners, food handlers, and others use IPM to control mice, rodents & other pests effectively.
In the 70’s & 80’s, pest managers needed a better way to control pests. Pesticide overuse caused mice, rodents & insects to become resistant & disrupted natural bio control systems. In response, pest managers and scientists developed the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is designed to prevent pesticide pollution, protect pollinators & wildlife and actually get better natural pest control results.
Integrated Pest Management for Mouse and Rodent Control
When you wipe your counters and take out the trash, you’re using IPM. The basic concept is to use good practices at the home, facility or farm to prevent pest issues. Integrated Pest Management looks at everything; tolerance levels, sanitation, exclusion, manual trapping and biological controls before using chemical pesticides.
A good IPM strategy greatly decreases need for chemical pesticides. Thus, in most cases IPM significantly reduces the amount of pesticide pollution.
Frequently, a simple adjustment to the environment can provide better pest control than even the best pest control companies’ pesticide sprays. Check out our infographic below to get the “FYI” on IPM.
Tolerance Level for Mouse and Rodent Control
The document and diagram above show how all the various steps should be considered, in order, to create an IPM strategy. For many pests, simply tolerating them for a period of time may be the best natural pest control option. Oftentimes right when we’re about to act, a natural predator will give us a free pest control service. Of course, we have a lower tolerance for rats and mice in our walls than aphids on our houseplants. Indeed, each situation is different.
Environmental Conditions Affect Mouse and Rodent Control
Portland rat exterminators are happy to take your money and apply rodenticides. But this isn’t the best strategy for long term mouse and rodent control. Eliminating food sources and hiding places is the best option for keeping rodent populations in check. Yard debris & rock piles, overgrown vegetation, unused outbuilding all provide ideal nesting areas for rodents. Dropped bird seed, chicken scratch & pet food dishes outside are free groceries for rats, mice, and rodents to take home to their growing families. Eliminating hiding places & food sources controls mouse and rodents by not allowing them to reproduce in the first place.
Rodent Removal with Traps
Traps should always be part of a good Integrated Pest Management strategy for mouse and rodent control inside crawlspaces, attics and garages. Humans have designed thousands of different rat and mouse trapping devices over the centuries. Some catch multiple rodents at once. Unfortunately, rats are so smart they will learn to avoid traps over time if they see trapped family members. So food & habitat modification, exclusion & other methods are usually necessary for effective mouse and rodent control.
Biological Mouse and Rodent Control
For some pests like mosquitos we have developed ways to control them with biological pesticides. For instance, the miraculous bacterium BT (bacillus thurengensis) is famous for safe mosquito & garden insect control. Unfortunately, there are no biological pesticides for mouse and rodent control.
In the natural environment, coyotes, hawks, owls, weasels and other predators hunt & provide rat and mouse removal services. In urban areas domestic cats and dogs provide