FAQ



 

Can mice fit into the Tomcat Mouse Killer disposable mouse bait station?

Yes, Mice can fit into holes as small as a dime.

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Where should I place rodent bait, a bait station or a trap?

Look for signs of rodent activity - feces, urine stains, chew marks and hair - or listen for scratching or high squeaking sounds, particularly at night. Place rodent control products (as is appropriate) in those locations of highest activity. These locations include behind stoves or refrigerators and inside cabinets.

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How much rodent bait do I need?

Each package is carefully labeled in accordance with strict guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Consult the package for specific usage information.

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What's the best way to bait?

Always secure bait in a bait station. Motomco sells its baits pre-loaded in, or packaged with tamper-resistant bait stations. Motomco also sells a variety of bulk baits without stations for in and around agricultural buildings and homes. These bulk baits should always be secured in Tomcat tamper-resistant bait stations. You should begin baiting as soon as you detect a problem. Put bait stations in areas where you notice or suspect rodent activity; where rodents will find it. Mice tend to travel only 10 to 30 feet from their nest, while a rat's home range is 100 to 150 feet. Be sure to keep bait fresh and dry, and dispose of any old or contaminated bait. As with any rodent control product, always follow the DIRECTIONS FOR USE on the package. The safest way to use any rodent control product is to place it in areas inaccessible to children and pets.

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Are rodent baits regulated in any way?

Yes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) closely controls the registration and sale of these products. All products registered must meet specific guidelines for effectiveness, fitness for use and safety. Even the wording on the exterior of every package is closely controlled. State agencies work in concert with the EPA to monitor products for compliance.

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What active ingredients are used in Motomco bait products?

Tomcat Mouse Killer I, II, III, X: Bromethalin
Tomcat Rat Killer: Bromethalin
Tomcat Bait Chunx, Rat & Mouse Bait, Liquid Concentrate: Diphacinone
Tomcat with Bromethalin: Bromethalin
Hawk Bait Chunx, Rodenticide: Bromadiolone
Jaguar Bait Chunx, Rodenticide: Brodifacoum
Agrid3 Bait Chunx, Pelleted Bait: Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)
Eraze Ag: Zinc Phosphide

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How do I set a Tomcat Wood Trap?

Set the trap by pulling the U-shaped bar to the opposite end of the trap and insert the curved end of the pin into the raised end slot of the trigger. The yellow trigger has an "S" and "F", place the pin closest to the side of the trigger with the "S" for sensitive trigger reaction. For more information see Using Traps under Tips & Strategies.

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Should I bait my Tomcat Mouse Traps?

Tomcat Mouse Trap and Reusable Rat Snap Trap feature a bait cup that lets you bait the trap with an attractant. Similarly, an attractant can be used on Tomcat Wood Rat and Mouse Traps. Attractants, such as Tomcat Mouse Attractant Gel, improve rodent captures. Because rats are neophobic (afraid of new things), they may initially be reluctant to run through the trap. Baiting with an attractant may help entice them into the trap.
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Should I put bait on my Tomcat Glue Trap/Board to improve capture rates?

No. TOMCAT adhesive traps already include a scent that acts as a natural attractant. Adding other products may actually inhibit a trap's effectiveness.

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How do I get the release paper off my Tomcat Glue Trap/Board?

Grip the release paper in one corner and "zip" it off in one smooth, continuous motion (like removing an adhesive bandage.) The paper will come right off.

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How do I remove Tomcat glue from unwanted surfaces?

Removing Glue Tray From A Surface: Slowly and carefully pull the tray away from the surface it is adhered to. Most of the glue should stay in the trap.

  • Removing Any Residual Glue:
    • Remove Glue Residue from Pets, People and Most Surfaces: Dab a bit of vegetable oil or smooth peanut butter to the glue and let it sit for several minutes. Next, with a dry cloth, rub the area to remove the glue. Repeat as needed; then wash with water and a mild detergent or soap.
    • Remove from Clothing: Follow the procedure above or you can place the article of clothing in the freezer. When the glue is frozen, peel it off the clothing. Remove from Carpet and Upholstery: Follow the procedure above, but it may be necessary to contact a professional carpet or upholstery cleaner.
    • Remove from Floors and Other Non-Porous Surfaces: The quickest and most effective method for removing glue residue is with mineral spirits, such as turpentine or paint thinner, or with a limonene product , such as Goo-B-Gone. As above, dab it on the glue and let sit for several minutes. Use a dry cloth to rub over the glue area. Repeat as needed and then wash with soap and water.
  • Note: With any surface, select a cleaning method that will not discolor or damage the surface. If in doubt, test on a non-exposed area, or consult a professional cleaning service. For additional information on using glue traps, see Using Traps in Tips & Strategies.
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How do I set Motomco Mole Trap?

Identify the active mole tunnels. Create an indentation in the middle of the tunnel to allow for correct trigger placement. Align the trigger with the indentation and push the jaws of the trap into the tunnel, aligning the jaws perpendicular to the direction of the tunnel. Push the foot pedal down until it locks into place, making sure the trigger post is visible through the slot in the foot pedal. Push the trigger post down until it is flush with the top of the foot pedal to ensure the trigger is set correctly. If you have not caught a mole within 48 hours, move the trap to a new location.

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How will I know if I've captured a mole?

When a mole encounters the underground trigger, the yellow pedal springs up, making notification easy and safe.

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How does the Motomco Mole Trap work?

Motomco Mole Trap has two scissor-like jaws that are activated by putting tension on two high-strength, galvanized springs. When the trap is triggered, the jaws crush the mole, killing it immediately.

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What is the meaning of the term BioSafe™ Design?

Our unique, curved jaw design effectively captures and quickly kills moles without the need to draw blood.

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What do I do once Motomco Mole Trap has captured a mole?

A raised foot pedal indicates a mole has been captured. Remove the trap from the ground. Set the trap on a bucket and release by compressing the pedal with your hands.

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How much do rats and mice eat per day?

Rats eat approximately 1 oz. of food and mice eat 1/10 oz.

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How far do rats and mice venture from their nest?

Norway rats generally travel up to 100 feet from their nest to their food source. Roof rats have a wide range, up to 300 feet. The house mouse stays close to its nest, usually traveling only 30 feet or so to its food source.

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How small of an opening can rats and mice fit through?

Rats can squeeze through a hole about the size of a nickel while mice can fit through a hole smaller than a dime.

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Are there poisons (baits) available where rodents won’t smell when they die?

NO. Regardless of the bait used, a natural decomposition process always takes place with a distinctive odor.

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Are there poisons (baits) available that will make rodents go outside looking for water?

Eating bait will not change a rodent’s “normal” water requirements. It is a myth that rodents will seek water outdoors after eating a bait and then die outdoors. There is adequate water in your home to meet all rodent needs. If water wasn't available, rodents wouldn't live there.

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How do I apply Motomco Mole Killer?

First, identify the active tunnel systems. Then bait only these active areas by punching a finger-sized hole in the tunnel, placing Motomco Mole Killer into the tunnel and carefully covering the hole. Try not to damage the tunnel. Place bait 3 – 5 feet on both sides of an identified active area.

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How will I know if Motomco Mole Killer is working?

You will know Motomco Mole Killer was effective when signs of new tunnel development and further lawn damage are eliminated.

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How does Motomco Mole Killer work?

Bromethalin, the active ingredient in Motomco Mole Killer, stops the conversion of food to energy. Moles typically die in their tunnels where they naturally decompose.

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Is Motomco Mole Killer harmful to my lawn or plants?

No, Motomco Mole Killer will not harm lawns, flowering plants, trees or shrubs.

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Can Motomco Mole Killer be used in gardens?

Mole Killer has been designed to naturally degrade leaving no build-up of active ingredient in the soil. Under normal conditions, this will happen in approximately 10 to 14 days. Also, you don't have to worry about carcinogenicity since this product isn't a classified carcinogen.

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How long will Mole Killer remain active in my yard?

Motomco Mole Killer has been designed to naturally degrade leaving no build-up of active ingredient in the soil. Under normal conditions, this will happen in approximately 10 to 14 days.

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Is it safe to let my pets run in the yard after it has been treated with Motomco Mole Killer?

Whenever possible, it is best to have pets avoid the treatment area for at least 24 hours. However, the risk of your pet coming in contact with the bait is very small because the bait is always applied underground.

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What should I do if I find a dead mole in my yard?

Moles typically die underground and naturally decompose. If you find one on the surface, simply wrap it in newspaper and place it into your garbage can. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards.

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What if my pet eats a dead mole after I've used Motomco Mole Killer?

The active ingredient in Mole Killer has been shown to have little or no secondary poisoning effect. Pets should not be at risk if they consume a mole that has eaten Motomco Mole Killer.

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What if my pet eats Motomco Mole Killer?

Motomco Mole Killer has been designed to be exclusively placed/used underground. When placed properly, the bait has been shown to not act as an attractant to pets. However, if your pet eats Mole Killer, take the animal to a veterinarian immediately for evaluation and/or treatment.

For immediate medical emergencies, please call the poison control number located on the package
(1-877-854-2494).

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How can I keep rodent baits away from my pets?

Motomco has bait stations that are Kid & Dog Resistant. They have been proven resistant to tampering by children and dogs. However, as with all poisons, care should be taken to keep them away from children, pets, and wildlife.

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If my pet eats the rodent bait, could it die?

The risk to your pet depends on what type of pet it is, how big it is, what type of bait it has consumed, as well as how much bait was consumed. If a situation occurs, immediately call the poison control number located on the package (1-877-854-2494) and a specially trained individual will assist in your next steps.

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If my pet eats a dead poisoned rodent, will it die?

The potential of any secondary poisoning depends on most of the same factors indicated above. Call the poison control number on your product package (1-877-854-2494) if you are concerned about a possible exposure. Occurrences of this type of poisoning are extremely rare.

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Where can I purchase Motomco rodent and mole control products?

Motomco rodent and mole control products are available at a wide variety of farm stores across the United States. More stores are being added every day. For a sampling of the farm store chains that carry Motomco products, please visit the Where To Buy page. We do not sell directly to consumers. Please ask your local retailer if you are unable to find Motomco products in your area.

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Where can I get additional information not included here?

For answers to questions not covered here, please click Contact Us and send your question. A qualified representative will get back to you.

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Who should I call in case of an emergency?

If an emergency situation occurs, immediately call the poison control number located on the package
(1-877-854-2494) and a specially trained individual will assist in your next steps. This telephone number is also listed on the packaging of Motomco baits.

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