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Commercial Rodent Control Methods

Integrated Pest Management Approach To Commercial Rodent Control

​This blog installment covers the ever-present rodent population of New York City, specifically the Norway Rat and the House Mouse, and how JP McHale uses IPM practices to prevent, monitor and eliminate them in commercial settings.

Rats!… and Mice

​Rats and mice might be the most maligned pests we deal with at JP McHale. While some people might consider them as pets rather than pests, most business owners will agree that a rodent sighting on your property is anything but cute. Most customers associate rodents with un-cleanliness, disease, garbage, sewage, and an overall sense of unease.

When it comes to many of our clients in New York, rodent control tops the list of priorities in regards to pest management. Because rodent populations are so mobile and can spread so rapidly, it is very important to have an effective strategy in place to combat these unwanted intruders. This is where JP McHale’s Integrated Pest Management practices prove to be invaluable to clients needing an effective and comprehensive approach to commercial pest control.

Consulting with Experts

JP McHale’s multi-tiered IPM approach to rodent control starts with consulting top experts in the field.

Our relationships with leading urban rodentologists like Bobby M. Corrigan Ph. D., who has been featured in the New York Times, and is the author of Rodent Control: A Practical Guide For Pest Management professionals, give us insights into how rodents propagate, feed, migrate, and nest.

By starting with solid science we are able to then create effective strategies to manage rodent populations in business settings. Commercial rodent control is a very complex problem and being prepared with the best knowledge available gives us a distinct advantage.

Specific Strategies

JP McHale’s informed, scientific approach to Integrated Pest Management for rodents takes the form of specific strategies each implementing proven methods for rodent control. These are broken up into three areas:

1. Prevention

Prevention methods implemented by JP McHale in its rodent control efforts include comprehensive survey, analysis, and tracking of commercial properties to identify problem areas that allow for the entry, harborage, and feeding of rodents.

These efforts are of particular help in areas such as hotel, restaurant, and food processing industries where prevention is key to controlling rodents before they become established on site. Food processing pest control prevention efforts, for example, target and treat entry points by caulking and sealing seams and holes on walls that have been recorded during site surveys.

Performing site surveys also helps by identifying issues around a site’s perimeter where rodents may gain access to food and shelter provided by ground cover, trash, and equipment, for example: Maintaining a clean and sealed perimeter is essential to prevention of rodents. In an effort to maintain the highest standards in on-site surveys JP McHale partners with third party auditing specialists like AIB International. These auditing services include detailed procedures outlining the requirements to reduce the potential for product contamination from pests as well as the use of materials and procedures designed to control pest activity.

2. Procedures

Through the implementation of logbooks, action plans, and the education of staff on proper reporting mechanisms and sanitation practices, IPM practices help outline key procedural policies that must be followed in order to effectively control rodents on commercial sites.

Logbooks are essential to tracking the presence of rodents, as well as monitoring the progress and locations of treatments. Action plans then can be effectively targeted to specific areas needing attention on going. These action plans are then carried out through staff education, treatments, and monitoring.

3. Proactive Monitoring & Treatments

Treatment and monitoring of rodent activity is carried out by the use of such devices as single catch traps, multiple catch traps, glue boards, wax bait and mechanical traps in conjunction with logbook recording. Rodent activity can be calculated based on trap maintenance and monitoring using the proper traps for specific purposes.

Single catch traps and multiple catch traps may be used along building perimeters or in areas of high rodent activity. Multiple catch traps are particularly effective near entry doors. Personal safety is also an important consideration in this process.

Bait stations, for example, will be placed in areas where they are not visible or accessible to the public and will be anchored and tamper-resistant. In keeping with IPM practices in our pest control treatment efforts, JP McHale uses the highest quality industry standard traps and baits such as Catchmaster baits and glue boards in order to trap and monitor rodents in the most efficient and effective ways ensuring that our clients receive the best treatments and action plans possible.

The IPM Advantage

Specific strategies and procedures coupled with expert scientific consultation and JP McHale’s continued commitment to the Integrated Pest Management philosophy ensure that we provide our customers with the greatest advantage possible in our efforts to control rodents on site.