Posts tagged ‘mice’

October 24, 2012

Fast-Acting Rodent Baits

by jteaton

Many times people think that fast-acting rodent bait means a larger amount of active ingredients, the “more is better” way of thinking. When it comes to rodenticides with an active ingredient like Bromethalin in our Top Gun™ Baits, this is not the case.
Top Gun™ Bait is a product that disrupts energy at a cellular level, causing the rodent to become weaker over a 48-hour period. In a poisoned rodent, fluid builds up around the nerves which results in paralysis and death.
The great thing about this type of bait is that the rodent begins to feel the effects within the first 12 hours or less, so it doesn’t feel like consuming more bait as with second generation anticoagulants where a rodent can feed up to 3 days. Less rodenticide in the blood and stomach of the rodent means less risk of secondary poisoning for non-targets. On average, a mouse can consume just 2.5 grams (a rat 7-8 grams) for a lethal dose; for the most part that’s just a single feeding.
When it comes to secondary poisoning, larger animal needs to consume large amounts of Top Gun™ Bait for a lethal effect. If a cat or dog consumes a dead rodent, they’re not likely to be poisoned. This is good news for the PMP whose customers are now demanding lower-risk products.
For more information, visit and review the label and MSDS sheets for our Top Gun™ baits.

James Rodriguez
Western Territory Manager
J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.
(818) 640-4587

January 9, 2012

Winter Weather and IPM

by jteaton

Winter Weather and IPM

Winter weather is the perfect time to promote your IPM program! At this time of the year, people understand the concept better; the draft under the door, the leaky window or cold burst of air coming from the garage door. All are areas that could allow insects or rodents to enter their home or building.

Here are some examples of why someone should seal their garage door:

• Saves them energy costs

• Keeps their garage warmer

• Help keep dust and leaves out

• Prevent insects and rodents from entering

• Protects their stored items from mice or rats

• Minimizes the use of pesticides indoors

• Provides long-lasting protection (value)

Selecting a durable material is crucial in separating yourself from the” weekend warrior”; so explore your options before selling an IPM job so you pick the best products for the job. Sometimes it could be adding a strip of molding to the side of a door, or metal flashings around garage door channels but whatever you do it needs to look right.

The goal of sealing, when you’re done with a job, is to make it look as if you were never there. “A natural fix” is a term I like to use. Take “before” and “after” pictures of your job to show other customers or to put on flyers to help sell future jobs.

By sealing a building, you’ve made your customer instantly happy, kept the house/building warmer and helped your IPM program by building the insects out.

Happy Selling! James Rodriguez Territory Manager J.T. Eaton Co., Inc. (818) 640-4587

December 5, 2011

Bait Station Anchoring

by jteaton

Bait Station Anchoring

Recently I was at a restaurant and found a bait station exposed out in the open and I was a bit disappointed. I put it back in its place next to the building and called the company; not to berate them but to remind them that cable anchors would have a been a good choice for this location (since the company I work for makes them).  My words seemed to fall on deaf ears– I’ll never know if they corrected the problem.

The “what ifs” came to mind after hanging up the phone: what if a dog got to the bait?  What if a child picked up the box and bait came out?  What if an Inspector ate here?  What if some teenager started kicking the box around?  The bottom line is: what if a secondary poisoning call was reported– was it worth not securing a bait station?

Insurance claims aren’t cheap and we’re always faced with the risk of litigation.  Doesn’t it make sense to have every bait box secured and to have a standard protocol for anchoring on all bait stations?

Here’s a test for you to consider when it comes to liability: ask a child you know around seven years old to pick up a new bait box with a few rocks in it, I don’t care if it has a rock attached to the station, and move it about 10 feet.  If the child is successful you should think about a better system of anchoring in order to prevent that “unwanted call” of an accidental poisoning.

James Rodriguez

Territory Manager

J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.

(818) 640-4587

October 24, 2011

Rodent Control Tidbits

by jteaton
Posted on October 10, 2011 by azppo

Rodent Control Tidbits

In sports and in the workplace we need to know something about the competition to gain the edge. The same is true for rodent control. The more we know, the better we are at solving problems for our customers–whether it’s a large commercial facility or a residential structure.

With rodents comprising 40% of all mammal species, (and estimates of around 2000 different rodent species) we need all the tools possible to keep them in check.

Here are a few facts to keep your tool box:

* Rodents that have a good supply of food won’t spend a lot of time gathering additional food, and will spend more time doing other things like mating.

* The common female house mouse can breed when she is five weeks old and monthly thereafter. The litter size is between four and six.

* A female Norwegian rat could have 56 young (and over 400 grandchildren!) within 20 weeks of being born.

Granted with the second and third examples, not all of the young make it to be an adult because of competition for food, predators, weather, and lack of natural abilities–but these stats are frightening nonetheless.

Rodents tend to limit their breeding to stay fit, and are easily able to adapt to changing conditions for survival. As I’ve always heard from Pest Management Professionals “the second rat gets the cheese”…the perfect adage for this cautious creature.

James Rodriguez, Territory Manager, J.T. Eaton Co., Inc. (818) 640-4587 direct

June 14, 2011

Keeping Your Customers Safe

by jteaton

Keeping your customers safe

As pest control professionals, we climb into crawl spaces, roam around in basements full of spiders–and at times–attics and garages filled with rodent droppings. I’m thankful that we’re required to be trained for these situations and that we have access to the proper protective gear; however what about our customers? Are they being made aware of some of the dangers associated with tearing into a pack rat, roof rat, norway rat or mouse nest?

If you’re called out on a rodent job, making your customer aware of the hazards of having rodents is one thing, but letting them know some of the dangers associated with breathing dust from a rodents is another. I don’t want you to scare the heck out of them, but opening up some kind of dialogue to prevent and illness or respiratory problems should be everyone’s goal.

A few examples to keep in your tool box of knowledge are:

• Mice can leave 3000 micro droplets of urine per day
• A rat has about 7000 psi pressure of bite power
• Rats’ teeth have a hardness rating of 5.5 (where iron is 4.0)
• One dropping about the size of period can have 5 million Hantavirus pathogens
• Rodents lose their entire pelage (fur) twice a year during molts
• Urine, mucus, saliva, blood and hair can contain pathogens

Offering the correct information will not only help you get the job, but also create life- long customers.

James Rodriguez
Territory Manager
J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.
(818) 640-4587 Direct.

April 20, 2011

Rodent Bait Station Safety: Soil

by jteaton

Rodent Bait Station Safety: Soil

By James Rodriguez • Territory Manager, J.T. Eaton & Co., Inc.

You wouldn’t leave a bottle of pesticide on someone’s porch, right? Not securing your bait stations appropriately for their environment is doing just that: It’s the equivalent of leaving a pesticide where someone or something other than a rodent can gain access to it.

There’s a wide variety of stations designed to provide protection from non-targets; however, the stations are only as good as the anchor holding it to the ground. Knowing the different type of anchors can help prevent bait station movement, and limit your liability.

  • A bait station with a block attached to it allows for the station to be moved with minimal strength, and it’s not secured to the ground.
  • Securing stations with large railroad spike prevents lateral movement, but it allows for upward movement/removal with minimal strength.

The best anchors for soil are the cable stakes. The Earth Anchor™ (Item No. 913)  is a cable anchor idea that comes from tent and tree anchoring systems and requires a great deal of force to get them out of the ground once installed, because of the pivoting head. They’re ideal for securing your stations in high traffic areas and especially public places.

No one ever wants to get “The Call” that their bait station is somewhere it shouldn’t be. Securing it to the ground will give you a good sense of security that you’ll never get that call!

To learn more about The Earth Anchor™ and other anchoring devices, visit