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Hello

Does your company have a foam product that can be used to fill holes and will keep mice from chewing through it?

Thanks.

We do. For small jobs, the BLACK FOAM is the most common professional product used. The 16 oz can comes with it’s own hose so it’s ready for use and good for small jobs. The larger 32 oz can must be used with a FOAM GUN.

The maximum strength FOAM REPELLENT product works the same way but also has a “built in” repellent flavor making it stronger. It can only be used with a application gun like the one listed below.

Black Foam Sealant:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/aerosol/pur-black

Pur Gun:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/tools/pur-shooter-basic-gun

Foam Repellent:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/aerosol/pur-ipf-foam

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I see rats running on my roof and want to trap them but I don’t think they will work up there. The shingles are slippery and it’s not flat. Can I use a one of our live traps effectively on my roof?

Live traps can be used most anywhere if the target animal is active and the trap is both secured and baited with something that will get the animal inside. The use of a live trap out in the open, where animals are foraging and running, can certainly work. The following image shows a good trap set on a slanted roof. In this situation, the targeted animals were leaving the attic from the corner so placement needed to be as close as possible to their exit hole.

Live Trap Roof Set

The trap needed to be secured which can be done with nails or staples. The only warning here is that it’s best to use silicone caulking when using anything to anchor the trap. Apply the silicone to the nail or screw when it’s first installed. When the trap is removed, don’t take out the nail or screw but instead drive it all the way in. The silicone previously applied will insure the hole is water tight and this practice will keep the roof water tight.

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I was looking at you roof rat trap selection and I’m trying to figure out which would be best for my situation. I’ve got several up in my attick and I don’t know if I should live trap or kill trap them. What do you suggest?

As our online roof rat article explains, using a kill trap is generally only effective when you’ve got 1-2 animals to trap. This is because rats will become trap shy when they see other rats dead in any kill trap. If you suspect there are more than two rats in the attic, use one of the rat trap live cages to insure trapped rats don’t become suspect of what you’re using. Our live traps will catch rat after rat as long as you fill the trap with seed when making the set. Trapped roof rats should be relocated or destroyed to insure they don’t come back. Once the active population is removed, you can consider sealing off the attic to further rat invasions.