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Motomco Rodent Control

General Frequently Asked Questions About Motomco Rodent Control

Stop a rodent infestation before it can happen! Understand your rodent-control options and how to manage a rodent problem. See below for a list of the most frequently asked questions about Motomco Rodent Control. Still have questions? Contact Technical Product Support at 1-800-874-4755 or send an email by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. How do I know if I have a rodent problem?
2. What should I do if I have a rodent problem?
3. Why should I use a rodenticide?
4. What are the best time and way to bait?
5. How long does it take for rodent baits to work?
6. How much rodent bait do I need?
7. Can I touch the bait?
8. Can rodents build up a resistance to the bait?
9. How can I keep rodent baits away from my pets?
10. If my pet eats the rodent bait, could it die?
11. If my pet eats a dead rodent, will it die?

 

1. How do I know if I have a rodent problem?
Look for signs of rodent activity such as droppings, gnaw marks and hair, or listen for scratching or high squeaking sounds, particularly at night. At an agricultural facility, look for signs of scattered feed or damaged feed bags, droppings or gnaw marks and hair.


2. What should I do if I have a rodent problem?
There are three easy steps you can perform to assess your situation. The first is to inspect your premises and accurately identify the species involved; the second is to identify those locations that need to be cleaned up (remove food source, if possible) and rodent proofed; and the third is to keep track of your findings. A common mistake in rodent control is to underestimate the extent of the problem and, consequently, not put out enough bait and bait stations.


3. Why should I use a rodenticide?
Whether at a residence, business location or agricultural facility, rodents can cause problems through disease transmission, structural damage and feed loss, which is a big concern on farms and ranches. Rodenticides can quickly and effectively reduce, if not eliminate, the problem.


4. What are the best time and way to bait?
You should begin baiting as soon as you detect a problem, placing the bait in areas where you notice or suspect rodent activity. You want to place the baits where it will be eaten; mice tend to travel only 10 to 30' from their nests, while rats will range 25 to 150'. Place appropriate rodent-control products in the locations with the highest activity. Some common spots include behind stoves or refrigerators, inside cabinets and near trash.


5. How long does it take for rodent baits to work?
Rampage is the fastest-acting bait made by Motomco with rodents sometimes dying within hours – but usually in one to two days – after eating a lethal dose. A rodent that eats a lethal dose of Motomco’s single-feed baits (Hawk and Jaguar) will die in four or five days, while Tomcat is a multiple-feed bait that kills rodents in four to six days.


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6. How much rodent bait do I need?
Each package is carefully labeled in accordance with the strict guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You should consult the package label for specific usage information.


7. Can I touch the bait?
Yes. Motomco bait can be safely handled, but you should be sure to thoroughly wash your hands afterwards. However, it’s also a good idea to wear disposable gloves when handling any type of rodent bait.


8. Can rodents build up a resistance to the bait?
Yes. A good way to prevent this from happening is to alternate Motomco’s anticoagulant baits (Jaguar and Hawk) with non-anticoagulant bait (Rampage) in a year-long bait rotation program. Under such a program, start with Rampage for two months to reduce the population in the shortest amount of time and then switch to Jaguar, which will kill any new or remaining rodents in a single feeding, for four months. Once the rodent population has been reduced, switch to Hawk as maintenance bait for the next six months. The rotation is particularly effective where there is a large infestation or the potential for it exists.


9. How can I keep rodent baits away from my pets?
Motomco bait stations are an ideal device to add safety to rodent control. They are extremely durable, tamper-resistant, and can even be anchored to ensure they cannot be picked up or moved. However, the baits can be safely used on their own by placing them in areas that are not accessible to your pets.


10. If my pet eats the rodent bait, could it die?
The risk to your pet depends on what type of pet it is, how big it is, what type of bait it has consumed, as well as how much bait was consumed. If a situation occurs, immediately call the poison-control number located on the package and a specially trained individual will assist in your next steps.


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11. If my pet eats a dead rodent, will it die?
The potential of any secondary poisoning depends on most of the same factors indicated in the previous question. Call the poison-control number on the product package if you are concerned about a possible exposure. Occurrences of this type of poisoning are extremely rare.
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