Posts tagged ‘Rodent Control’

April 17, 2012

Estimating a Rodent Job

by jteaton

Estimating a Rodent Job:

Fact: The better you get at writing an estimate for a rodent control job, the better your chances of solving a problem long-term and the more money you’ll make.

As PMPs we’re trained in chemical application, vehicle safety, personal safety, equipment maintenance, and insect biology to name just a few areas, but what about writing a great rodent estimate?

Have you ever seen a good body shop do an estimate?  The time they allot to performing a detailed inspection to find every imperfection and damage to every piece of trim or molding, and every screw or bolt, is amazing.  If they get it wrong the shop loses money, and they know it!  Taking this approach to writing an estimate for rodent exclusion, or a trapping job, you should mirror an auto body shop for several reasons:

  • Allot the right amount of time to do the estimate  and avoid rushing through the inspection
  • Noting all the different materials needed to complete the job keeps you from wasting time going to hardware stores
  • Allowing time in your schedule to review your inspection with the customer will give you enough time to lock-in the job
  • Having a professional-looking estimate sheet that you leave behind with the customer (covering the basic details of the job and the cause of the infestation) will help if the customer is getting multiple estimates
  • Leaving behind a basic diagram and writing neatly  goes a long way in representing you and your company
  • Remember:  some of  your customers may label this as a traumatic event,  so show a little empathy

Leaving behind estimate sheets is not  “giving away” the job to a competitor;  if you did your best and you didn’t get  the job, follow up to find out why so it helps you get the next one!

Templates for a Rodent Estimate Sheet are available at  Simply insert your logo and you’re ready to go!

Happy Selling!

James Rodriguez

Western Territory Manager

J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.

February 20, 2012


by jteaton

Roof rats are now staking a claim in areas where they haven’t been before–thus we’re forced to change our approach to rodent jobs. Knowledge of this specific rat has become vital to solving this problem in a diligent manner.
You must know the reproductive rates, food preferences and how rodents communicate. Whether it’s their urine, pelage, or fecal matter, knowledge of these basics will improve any pest control technician’s ability to eliminate an infestation in a timely fashion.
Roof rats are one of my favorite pests because of their elusiveness. They force me to think outside the box and ask myself the questions: “should I pre-bait this account?”, “seal the building first?”, “what would be the best food item for baiting my traps?”. Asking these questions is when training and knowledge become vital in making the right choices for the job. The more proficient you become at answering these questions, the greater the reward.

Rodent Notes:
• Rodents pass on food preference through the mother’s milk
• In three weeks a young rodent starts venturing outside the nest
• Mice have a bite pattern of about 2 mm; rats have a pattern of 4 mm
• Rodents differ in behavior from location to location; nothing is ever set in stone
• Block walls provide excellent harborage areas, never forget to inspect them

When the problem is solved, be sure to identify and communicate to your customer the sources that contributed to the infestation, and set an appropriate warranty to avoid losing money on possible call-backs.

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

May 20, 2011

EPA 50 Foot Rule

by jteaton

With Risk Mitigation protocol descending upon us, changing our baiting application to less than 50 feet away from the structure will be the “new” baiting procedure.
Having an action plan in place to begin the conversion, and being aware of the various trapping stations, can save you money and may fit into your current program to maintain and service your accounts.

Devices to consider for Rats:

Hard Plastic Bait Stations
• J.T. Eaton #903TP Rat Fortress™: Holds 2 mouse glue boards or 2 Jawz™ rat size snap traps (item 410B)

Trapping Stations
• J.T. Eaton #401STS Snap Trap Station: Made of metal and can hold 2 wood snap traps or 2 Jawz™ rat size snap traps

Disposable Stations
• J.T. Eaton #901 Safe-Tee™ Plastic Bait Station: Thin plastic station made to hold a J.T. Eaton #177 glue board and fits a single Jawz™ rat size snap trap.

Increasing the frequency of visits when trapping more than 50 feet away from a structure will increase your cost, so start considering pricing adjustments, and plan on notifying your customers of this change soon.

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

May 20, 2011

EPA RMD Update

by jteaton

By now, most of us are familiar with the EPA’s Risk Mitigation Decision that was released in 2008. This post is to remind everyone that the deadline for bait changes is June 4. Before reminding everyone what that means, here is a recap of what the RMD entails for professionals and consumers. (This information is taken from the RMD publication. A link to the official document is below.)

Consumer Bait:
• Bait products must be sold with ready-to-use (one-time use or refillable) bait stations, except for products that are labeled solely for use outdoors, below-ground for control of moles and pocket gophers.
• Bait products may contain one or more of the following active ingredients: chlorophacinone, diphacinone, warfarin, bromethalin, cholecalciferol, and zinc phosphide.
• Meal, treated whole-grain, or pelleted forms of bait (whether packaged in placepacks or not) are prohibited, except for products that are labeled solely for use outdoors, below-ground for control of moles and pocket gophers.
• A retail package containing a bait station may contain up to a maximum of 1 pound of bait for either mouse or rat control (the 1 pound limit includes the initial bait placement inside the bait station, plus any bait refills).

Second Generation Bait:
• Second Generation bait for professional and agricultural use need not be sold in bait stations, but labels must require use of bait stations for indoor applications where children, domesticated animals, or non-target wildlife may be exposed.
• Product labels must require use of bait stations for all outdoor, aboveground placements.

Agricultural Use
• Any form of bait is acceptable, including meal, pelleted, and block forms.
• Product labels must state, “For use in and around agricultural buildings only. Do not apply further than 50 feet from agricultural buildings.”
• Product labels must state, “Do not use in homes or other human residences.”
• Products must contain at least 8 pounds of bait.

Professional Use
• Product labels must state “Do not apply further than 50 feet from buildings.”
• Bait stations used in residential and institutional settings must meet the standards set forth in Section V.C, below, for ability to isolate bait from children.
• Any form of bait except liquid is acceptable, including meal, pelleted, block, and paste forms.
• Products must contain at least 16 pounds of bait.

EPA believes that these size limits will effectively discourage residential users from obtaining second generation anticoagulants for their own use.

First Generation and Nonanticoagulant Bait:
• Other Bait for professional or agricultural use need not be sold in or with bait stations, but labels must require use of bait stations where children, domesticated animals, or non-target wildlife may be exposed (this is not a new requirement).
• Any form of bait is acceptable, including meal, pelleted, or block forms.
• Products must contain at least 4 pounds of bait.

**For products in packages with at least 8 but not more than 16 pounds of bait, labels must state that products may only be used in and around (within 50 feet) of agricultural buildings (e.g., barns, hen houses), and bear the statement “Do not use this product in homes or other human residences.”**

What does this mean? According to the EPA, June 4 is the last turning point for bait changes.
• Last day for voluntarily complying registrants to release into commerce a product not complying with the risk mitigation decision.
• Products requesting voluntarily cancellation have until this date to release into commerce.
• Existing stocks of non-compliant products released for shipment by the registrant on or before this date can be sold until stocks are exhausted.
• Non-conforming products released to retailers on or before June 4, 2011 may be sold until exhaustion.
• Products released to distributors or retailers post June 4, 2011 must include mitigation measures.

For more information and to view the complete RMD document, go to:!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0955-0764

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