How to use mouse traps safely with children:kids

How to use mouse traps safely with children/kids

People have been terrified of mice and rats since the 14th century when they caused an epidemic so horrible it was simply named “the Plague”. This disease was so encompassing and deadly that it killed millions from Asia to Europe. There have, since the discovery of antibiotic fungus, been several breakouts in parts of the world that lack suitable medical care, but the UN controls those types of outbreaks and provides proper medical attention to prevent another plague outbreak.

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This is very important because with each outbreak the disease gets stronger, being bottlenecked, an evolutionary term meaning the dramatic reduction in a species population resulting in a severe reduction in genetic variation can evolve to be immune to our drugs. This has happened and is happening today with organisms like bacteria that grow in hospitals, resisting all forms of treatment and turning into a “Hospital Super Bug”. The idea of a world health organization stemmed first from the plague where it grew wider and now runs all aspects of world health with a focus on prevention. And it all started with mice and rats. 


This is why, if your home is infested you must fully understand the severity of that type of infestation. Mice and rats are not a minor issue and while Hantavirus has not appeared in the western world in almost half a century it is still a real danger and controlling and exterminating mice in your home is a necessity to protect the health of you and your family. Issues arise, however. Some families have pets, small pets are especially in danger during a mouse treatment and if you have children the issues quadruple. Having snap traps in the house could be a huge problem if you have young children like toddlers who cannot understand the danger the device poses. To prevent harm coming to anyone or any animal in your home not targeted for extermination you must either hire a professional or do your research because you cannot put a snap trap just anywhere in the home. They need to be placed carefully in locations that have minimal foot traffic. If this is not possible due to the size of the house then you can cordon off the affected area with childproof gates and treat the mice more easily. 


If you are in a desperate situation and the mice have managed to fill the home with nowhere that can be cordoned off then you will need to contact a professional. A trained rodent technician will know and understand the mouse or rat’s movements and their goals in the home, to access water-primarily and then to hunt outside for food. For mice, remain inside at all times and hunt for food often in the kitchen or wherever food is stored. The technician will not use snap traps for mice as they are too dangerous. He will instead make use of a special chemical designed to kill mice in such a way that it tricks their natural nature. Mice do not have a gag reflex and cannot regurgitate food. Instead, they must try a small amount and wait to see if they feel sick. Rodenticide does not cause immediate symptoms so the mouse will think it is fine and edible, however, it works slowly to rapidly dehydrate the mouse and kill it in 2 to seven days. Rather than set up dangerous snap traps to deal with mice, call a professional to deal with it using a safe and responsibly created poison with an easy to access cure in the event of accidental poisoning. 

Do We Really Get Sick From Rat Feces Laying Around?

Do We Really Get Sick From Rat Feces Laying Around?

What can rat poop do to you? Rats shed fur constantly for most of the year and that dander is covered in feces and bacterial that can cause Hantavirus and even sepsis. You can get very serious lung infection from having a rat infestation and people with asthma and other breathing issues will be affected dramatically with rapidly worsening symptoms. Rat feces can also be deposited on your food, in bags of grain and on cooked food left out.

If you are dealing with a rat infestation or have suspicions thereof, contact Shusswap Rat Control for a fast and effective complete eradication.

Leaving a pizza out on a coffee table is a fast way to get it coated in rat feces. The best way to avoid rat feces is to avoid rats. If you have bird feeders remove them, they are not worth the headache. Do not make a mess with food when eating outside, use a table and clean up very well after. Do not feed dogs, or children, outside unless you want insects and rodents on your property searching for more food. They come to your property looking for food, they have been to half a dozen already, no food. If they find it on your property they will stop, call their family and friends and begin work on burrows and accessing the interior of your home. If they get inside the real danger starts with feces and respiratory issues and possible sepsis infections. While there has not been a case of Hantavirus in Ontario for some time now it is still a very possible and easy illness to get.



The most likely way to inhale rat feces is not looking at or having it in your home. It’s trying to clean it. Cleaning rat feces can be extremely dangerous as if it is at all dry it will flake and turn to dust and rise into the air filling your lungs. Even a face mask is not enough to block the dust and it can cause severe illness. Cleaning rat feces is a dangerous process that should be left to professionals with a shop vac and a fogging machine that can sterilize the whole basement in minutes. 


If you have rats on your property, in your home and on your property or simply think you may have them call a professional exterminator for an inspection. They can find feces in hard to reach places and can inspect for dander and other signs of rat occupancy. In the back yard, he can inspect for burrows, footprints and fur locks in bushes. There are many places rats can hide, and a professional exterminator will know them all. When areas of high activity are found the exterminator would lay down large weighted bait stations on the exterior of the property and snap traps with bait on the inside of the home to prevent rats from dying in the walls.