Tips & Tricks: Why Combining Attractants and Repellents Works


March 26, 2015

Jeff McGovern

Jeff McGovern

Combining attractants and repellents can improve success in rodent management. Effectively using them in tandem can redirect and drive rodents to trapping and baiting zones.

Identify and map exterior penetration points. Exclusion in these places is the first line of defense. Unfortunately, finances often prevent doing all the work at once. These areas can be turned off with gel-based-repellent materials applied in small amounts to the access points. Penetrations such as tip wall joints, pipe accesses and holes are protected until they can be sealed.

Inside, this same type of repellent is used to block and redirect rodent activity. Identify and map food, water and harborage areas. Use this information to decide where to best ambush and eliminate the interior population. Use the repellent to shut off detours and drive rodents to that area.

Attractants greatly enhance the effectiveness of devices. Whether you choose snap traps, multiple-catch traps, glue boards or rodent glue paper, a commercial-grade attractant draws rodents into the snare. These products are formulated to be preferred by rodents more than available food on-site and are a better choice than peanut butter, cheese, etc., for trap-shy animals. They also can be used in front of the baffles of exterior bait stations.

Jeff McGovern is Technical Specialist for Pest Barrier.

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