I think I caught about 20 from this attic.

Customer Rat Email: david, loved your blog it was very informative and the pictures were awesome. i have a question or two if you have the time to answer i would greatly appreciate it. i live in an apartment complex in a building containing 8 apts. i have a mice problem, ive caught over a dozen using the glue traps and im now switching to the victor traps you suggest for a reason that i don't think you stated...cost. the glue traps are disposed of with the rodent and the wooden ones can be reused. well on to my question, is there any way that i can eliminate my rodent problem in my apartment alone, i mean without accessing the other apts in my building?. i have reported this rodent problem to management and the property owners numerous times and they have sent terminex out several times but the traps that ive purchased and set keep catching mice, so im assuming these pest control specialist are not sealing the building. i feel that any effort i make to seal off my apartment is theoretically pissing in the wind because i cant very well block the paths they may have in the walls and i live in a lower unit so there's no real attic above my roof its above the unit above mine. thanks for your time i anxiously await your response.

My Answer: Well, first of all, yes, I do suppose snap traps are more economical than glue traps. But the reason I use snap traps is because they are much better. As for solving a rodent or mouse problem in just your apartment unit, that's not feasible. If the units are connected, then the mice can move between units. The entire exterior of the building must be sealed with no entry points, or the problem will persist.

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There are three kinds of rodents commonly found inside buildings (in the attics, walls, and even inside the living space). They are the Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), which is also called the Black Rat, then there's the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Brown Rat, and the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Roof Rats are more common in the south, such as Florida, where I work. The above photo is of a Roof Rat. They are very common inside attics. The Norway Rat is more common in the northern section of the United States. The Norways are more commonly found underground, in subways and sewers and such. The House Mouse is found everywhere, but seems more common in the north. All of these rodents thrive in urban areas and love to live in human buildings and houses. They use human garbage (and pantries) as sources of food. All of these rodents are carriers of several diseases that can infect humans and pets. They contaminate homes and attics. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings. Then the remaining rats inside have to be trapped and removed. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Rats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as rats. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or rat control issues.

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