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Victor Electronic Mouse Traps or Victor Rodent Killer Baits? Which is Better for My Problem?

by Barbara 31. October 2010 12:26

Questions about the Victor mouse traps,Victor Woodstream Electronic MOUSE Trap M252, Victor TIN CAT Live Catch Humane Mouse Trap and Victor Electronic Humane Kill Mouse Trap M250 PRO and the Woodstream Victor Multi-Kill Electronic Mousetrap M260.

Q; "I am confused about the differences between these units. I have a mouse problem both in my basement/house and in an outbuilding where I store bird seed and apples. Can you please explain the differences? I do not want a single catch trap that I have to empty or throw out such as the spring traps. Thanks. Tom."

Answer: First, remember the TIN Cat trap is a live catch trap. That means you have to regularly empty it out. I frankly think this is akin to the ground squirrel problem my friend had a few years ago. She would trap them, drive them three miles into the country and swears they beat her back to the house. It depends, of course, as to whether you believe that wild mice are like the white mice my brother had as a child, i.e. pets.

The Illinois Dept of Public Health has an extensive page on getting rid of mice and rats. Part of one sections talks about "sealed 'place packs' keep bait fresh and make it easy to place the baits in burrows, walls or other locations. Mice gnaw into the packet to feed on the bait. Block style baits are also very effective for most situations. Proper placement of baits and the distance between placements is important. Place baits in several locations no farther than 10 feet apart and preferably closer. For effective control, baits or traps must be located where mice are living. Use of tamper-resistant bait stations provides a safeguard for people, pets and other animals. Place bait stations next to walls with the openings close to the wall or in other places where mice are active. When possible, secure the bait station to a fixed object to prevent it from being moved. Clearly label all bait stations "Caution—Mouse Bait" as a safety precaution." This is good advice when using the packs. The blocks are also effective, in fact they attract because mice and rats like to gnaw on oats, etc.

The differences among the others are:

The M252:

  • Capacity: one mouse
  • Kill in 10 seconds using high voltage electrical charge.
  • Green indicator light blinks for 7 days to signal that a mouse has been caught. Just open the lid and dispose of the dead mouse.
  • Safe to use around pets and children.
  • Humane kill : meets International Humane Kill standards.
  • Built in safety feature: unit deactivates if top door is accidentally opened.
  • Unique tunnel: prevents mouse escape and decreases risk of shock to humans.
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (not included). A set of batteries exterminates about 50 mice.
  • Blinking red low battery indicator light.
  • Unit size: 6" x 3" x 1.75"

The M250 Pro:

  • A tunnel design:traps mice inside, keeps children and pets from touching the electric mouse trap . 
  • Humane kill of up to 3 mice using high voltage
  • If only 1 mouse is caught, the trap resets automatically, ready to kill anothger
  • Green light blinks for up 7 days to indicate capture
  • Red light blinks to indicate low batteries.
  • Kills up to 100 mice per set of batteries.
  • Lid flips open to keep hands away from rodent when emptying.
  • Built-in safety switch automatically deactivates the trap when its door is open. Additionally, its unique tunnel design prevents kids and pets from reaching into the trap. 
  • Safe for use anywhere in the home, Victor® Electronic Mouse Traps can be used for years to ensure effective mouse control.

Victor Multi-Kill Mousetrap M260 Features: 

  • Two points of entry: mice climb stairs on side of trap after they smell the bait
  • Instant death from high voltage shock
  • Up to 10 mice die per setting. 
  • Shock N' Drop chamber rotates and drops mouse into collection drawer
  • Blinking yellow light indicates a kill
  • Trap resets for the next mouse
  • Built-in safety switch protects pets and children: automatically deactivates the trap when the door is open. 
  • Power: 4 C Cells

Choose the trap or traps according to:

  • Number of areas where mice are seen or their droppings are seen
  • How many mice are a problem
  • How often you want to check the traps and empty them

Note: Effective mouse control requires more than an electric mouse trap. Ultrasonic rodent repellers discourage mouse re-infestations. Sealing off entrances into homes or buildings and proper storage of food stuffs is part of a comprehensive plan to keep out mice. No control method is 100% effective by itself.  Mouse bait is also effective: just remember that mice don't go outside to die. They like to be warm and the inside of home walls is a favorite place to nest and to die. The odor from a dead mouse or a few is enough to make you want to vacate the area. We have found that ionizing air cleaners help neutralize that awful odor or decay. If your outbuilding is a distance from your home, then consider bait IF your domestic animals and children are not apt to get into it. 

Our experience and that of the experts is that multiple traps work  and adding ultrasonic mouse repellers helps to keep new mice out. Among the choices we offer are the Victor Sonic PestChaser PRO Rodent Repeller and the Lentek Ultrasonic Pest Contro 600 Model PR35,3/Box or the P3 International Attack Wave Rodent Pest Repeller. Disrupt any mouse nests, too. 

Mouse and Rat Bait Choice Include:

  • Victor Multi-Kill Brand Place Pack Rodenticides,86 Pack VICTOR® Multi-Kill® Brand Place Packs are made with a powerful single-feed anticoagulant. Contains the first new EPA-approved active in over 10 years. 200x less toxic to dogs than the leading brand twice more toxic to mice. Made in the USA, Uses premium ingredients like oats. Sealed poison packs for Norway Rats, Roof Rats, and House Mice.For indoor and outdoor use.Kills the rodent within 3-5 days.Made in the U.S.A.Bucket of 86 blocks, 8.06 lbs. weight Legal for use in all 50 states and District of Columbia
  • Victor Multi-Kill Brand Rodenticide Rat Bait,128 Blocks entice rodents by appealing to their desire to gnaw. Additionally, multiple gnaw edges are pre-shaped into blocks to foster increased interaction. This is the same formulation as the place packs but in a block form. So these are also 200 times less toxic to dogs than the leading brand of rodenticide. Legal for use in all 50 states and District of Columbia
Thank you for your question.

If you need more help, please contact us.
Sincerely, Barbara

Washable Fleece Baby Blankets and Other Baby Products from SnuggleWool

by Barbara 30. October 2010 08:33

Question about the SnuggleWool 27x35 Baby Wool Blanket, Organic Back and the SnuggleWool Wool Baby Blanket, 27x36, Cotton Flannel Bk

Question: "What is the difference between these two wool baby blankets? I thought all wool blankets had to be washed by hand or dry-cleaned. Your website says these are machine waahable and line dry. Don't they shrink a lot? I am look for baby gift ideas for my best friend. Thanks. Robin."

Answer: The main difference is the backing. The first baby blanket has an organic flannel cotton backing and the second uses a cotton flannel for the backing that is not organic.

Both blankets are made from Merino lambs wool from Australia or New Zealand. The wool fibers are sliver-knit into a polyester backing. That means the fabric is sturdy yet machine washable. Of course, you want to use cool water and either a detergent made for wool or a mild detergent.

Merino wool has been proven to soothe children with a soft swaddling effect, thus reducing stress and restless movement.

The 27 by 35-36 inch size of lambs wool blanket is a favorite of mom's with new babies. My daughter-in-law  used this infant blanket to cover my grandson's when he fell asleep in his infant seat. She'd tuck it around him. It was also a great overwrap when taking him out on a cold Minneapolis day from the house to the car or from the car into a store when the wind was blowing hard. Or if he fell asleep when on the floor, she would cover him or move him onto the blanket and flip the side over him.  This is also a good size for a bassinet or cradle.

Snuggle Wool blankets are perfect for snuggling your child and can make a comforting play mat. A major advantage is that these wool blankets keep baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Wool absorbs perspiration and  is naturally disinfecting, too.

The blankets come in several sizes including crib blanket sizes. We also have other sizes of baby blankets for cribs, changing table covers, co sleeper pads , baby buntings and infant car seat covers. All make great baby gifts. Snugglewool products are made in the USA, too.

I hope this helped answer your questions.

Thanks.

Sincerely, Barbara

Choosing Urinary Incontinence Mattress Protectors or Disposable Underpads

by Barbara 24. October 2010 06:50

Question about choosing between Protection Plus Polymer Underpad Deluxe 23X36,75/csProtection Plus Polymer Underpad 23x36,100/csProtectionPlus Fluff-Fill Underpad Economy 23x36 150/CS,and  Ultrasorbs Air Permeable Disposable DryPads, 70  

Q: " I need to buy incontinence mattress protection underpads for my son who is a bed wetter. Despite the pull-ups, urine usually leaks through and the whole bed needs changed most days. I looked at the products above and am confused as to the differences. Which would you suggest? Thanks. Susan"

Answer: These are all pads that are 36 inches by either 23 inches or 24 inches. For an older child, I would recommend a larger pad as children tend to move around more at night.

The main differences between the pads are in absorbency and comfort: some of these incontinence supplies feature extra absorbent material, some have non-slip type backs, some are more air permeable, etc.. If your son is wearing pull-ups and empties his bladder prior to going to bed, he may not need the protection offered by the ultra absorbent underpads. However, the more expensive underpads are also more comfortable because they made of "breathable" materials so are less likely to be uncomfortable when wet.

There are larger pads that have wings that tuck in so a person active during sleep is less likely to move the pad.  For example, the Protection Plus Polymer Underpad 28x36,35/cs.

Another choice is a larger pad, one that is air permeable for sleeping comfort and is 31 inches by 36 inches. An example is the Ultrasorbs Air Permeable Disposable DryPad 31x36"40.bx 

For babies, what we recommend instead is the Crib Mattress Cover Rest-Guard Waterproof 6 In.. You can buy several and use them as fitted crib sheets since they are very comfortable for babies to sleep on. 

For older children in twin beds or in larger beds, you could also use the twin sized or larger waterproof mattress covers that are cotton with polyurethane backing as the bottom sheet. These cost no more than a decent quality bottom sheet. Using these as a bottom sheet would save your mattress and mattress pad from wetness and not have your child feel different because of the underpad use.

Please send more detail and I'll be able to help you more. Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Adult Urinary Incontinence Underwear Types, Pull On and Incontinent Briefs

by Barbara 23. October 2010 14:54

Question about various choices among incontinent disposable briefs ex. Classic Plus Incontinent Briefs, M/L 27-56" White,120/CSProtection Plus Contour Brief LGE BLUE45"-58",72/Cs  Incontinent Brief, Air Active, LGE, 47-59 In, 90/CS and Molicare MED/LGE Purple Super Plus Briefs, 27"-56" (56)

Q: "Dad is having urinary incontinence problems. It is time for us to buy some type of incontinent brief. He's embarrassed by urine leakage especially when he wets the bed at night. What products do you suggest? There are so many. Thanks. Jill.

Answer: Jill, thanks for your question. What you left out was your father's degree of independence and mobility. The disposable briefs noted above vary from pull-on briefs to those with multiple tapes, some tapes being able to be re-used. If your father is bedridden, the taped incontinent briefs are the better choice.

For sizing, Medline gives these recommendations. Measure hip bone to hipbone over the abdomen. Double the longest measurement. Add 2 inches. When in doubt, purchase the larger size. Example. Hipbone to Hipbone=13 inches. 2x13=26 plus 2=28 inches. So this person would need a size medium..

Here is some information about the briefs listed above:

  1. Classic Plus Incontinent Briefs, M/L 27-56" White,120/CS : This is a case of 120 white disposable briefs. These are made for persons with heavy urinary incontinence Molicare Classic Plus incontinent briefs use an odor-neutralizing absorbent core and comfort stretch backing plus anti-leak cuffs. There are dual tapes for easier refastening. 3-part absorbent core gives dryness. Profile design for dignity and comfort.
  2. Protection Plus Contour Brief LGE BLUE45"-58",72/Cs:  Protection Plus Disposable Protective Underwear have elastic leg bands, stretch at front and back and are relatively easy to pull on. This is a contoured incontinent brief with extended capacity for overnight use for those who experience heavy wetting. 
  3. Incontinent Brief, Air Active, LGE, 47-59 In, 90/CS: This waterproof brief is breathable with large leg openings for accurate sizing and comfort. The 3 part core with Curly Fiber helps maintain skin neutral pH for superior dryness, odor control and skin care. Anti-leak leg cuffs. Stretchable and re-fastenable comfort-fit 2-piece tape system for better fit and comfort.
  4. Molicare MED/LGE Purple Super Plus Briefs, 27"-56" (56): Medline Molicare Super Plus Extended Capacity Briefs in medium to large size are overnight protection incontinent briefs. Padded panels plus stretch poly maximize comfort and patient mobility. Secure 3-part absorbent core neutralizes odor. Anti-leak cuffs for containment.
So, please consider how able your dad is to pull up briefs or whether he needs to have a brief that is actually more like a disposable diaper with tabs to connect after he places the center of the diaper between his legs. Also consider two other purchases if he lives at home or in assisted living. These are Protection Plus Polymer-Filled Underpads 30 x 36 and a waterproof mattress cover in case there is a leak.  The waterproof cover I recommend is the cotton onto polyurethane one by Rest-Guard. It is machine washable and dryable and very comfortable, cool in summer and warmer in winter.

Contact us if you have any questions. 

Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Barbara

 

Install Fire Retardent, UV Protected Safety Edge Cushion and Wall Pad to Safety Proof a Warehouse

by Barbara 21. October 2010 07:59

Question about installation of Boing Fire Retardant Safety Wall Pad, 31x11.75 In, YELLOW, 4/BX and Boing Edge Corner Strip,UV Treated,YELLOW, 25/CS

Q: "We need to safety proof a warehouse. The fire retardant safety wall pad and corner strips in bright yellow would meet our needs. I notice that nothing is supplied with either item for installation. What is the best way to install? Thanks. Pete"

Answer: There are several options available to install safety edge corner strips and wall pads. Most customers use the silicone adhesive because it is less trouble and more permanent. Both products are available at most hardware stores.

  1. ADHESIVE TAPE OPTION: 3M VHB (Very High Bond) tape #5925. The only tape that will adhere to both the safety cushion products and to most other surfaces. Requires 72 hours for maximum adhesion, more expensive than silicone.
  2. SILICONE ADHESIVE: heavy duty adhesion, ability to add a bead around the outer edge to seal off from dirt, liquids or tampering. Adheres to almost any surface including rough textures like brick

3M VHB (Very High Bond) Tape #5925 Properties

  • A very conformable, double-sided, pressure-sensitive, closed-cell acrylic foam tape with a PE film liner. 25 mil thick.
  • Color: Black
  • Width: 1/2" or 1 "
  • Thickness: .06" (25 mil)
  • Incredible VHB strength guarantees a strong bond.
  • Soft conformable foam molds to irregular and textured surfaces.
  • Bonds powder painted metal, acrylics and polycarbonates with minimal priming or sanding.
  • Temperature range is -40°F to 250°F.
  • Dampens noise, shock and vibration.
  • Resists moisture, UV and solvents. Indoor/outdoor.

Wall Pad and Corner Cushion Tape Instructions:

1. Clean surfaces with mineral spirits or similar product to help adhesion
2. Peel & Stick
3. Wait for it to bond properly - IMPORTANT - bonding strength develops over time
- 20 minutes = 50% of ultimate strength
- 60 minutes = 75% of ultimate strength
- 24 hours = 90% of ultimate strength
- 72 hours = 100% of ultimate strength

We look forward to helping you with your industrial safety project or home safety product.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara