Mr. Pest Control


Q:

Can a crack and crevice treatment be performed with a microencapsulated product in an office while people are working?

A:

The answer mostly depends on the product label. Product labels normally have restrictions against applications in occupied patient rooms or classrooms. They may have an additional restriction against applications when occupants are in the immediate area or room being treated. So you should choose a product that doesn’t have this additional restriction. However, I don’t recommend spraying a liquid product in front of office employees. If possible, baits are a better option or schedule the treatment around work hours. From my experience, it’s common for at least one employee to claim that they began to feel sick after a treatment. Whether or not the claim is true is not for a PMP to decide. It’s just best to avoid this situation as much as you can.

Q:

I have a situation where a mouse has been able to escape my glue traps and avoid activating my snap traps. What alternate methods can I use?

A:

If by escaping a glue trap, you mean the mouse pried itself off the trap, you’re going to have a hard time catching the mouse with glue traps again because it learned a valuable lesson to stay away from them. For your first attempt, I would have suggested using several thick glue trays positioned end to end in front of the opening the mouse runs in and out of. You may still be able to catch the mouse this way since they don’t tend to pay attention when they’re running a familiar route. If you’re trying to catch the mouse away from this point, I suggest multiple-catch mouse traps instead of snap traps.