Scimetrics, makers of Kaput®, is a family-owned business. Our main facilities, which include a state-of-the-art laboratory and manufacturing plant, are located along the foothills of the northern Colorado Rockies. Our staff has more than 100 years of experience in pest control research and product development involving rodents, moles, birds, and feral hogs; vector-borne diseases such as malaria and plague; fleas, ticks, and sand flies; and wildlife conservation. Our focus has always been on simple, effective, reduced-risk rodent and vector control.
The pocket gopher is a burrowing rodent so named because of the fur-lined cheek pouches outside their mouth. Gophers have yellowish-brown to black fur on top and their underside is often a lighter shade to almost white in color. The rodent has large front claws, large incisors, and small ears that appear to lay back against their head. The presence of pocket gophers is most likely noticed by their fan-shaped soil mounds.
Black-tailed prairie dogs reside in burrow systems that form colonies. Their hair is rather coarse; it’s sandy brown with black tips with a lighter belly color. The most common method of detection is the mounds they create when digging their burrows, which also serve as lookout posts used to watch for predators. Prairie dogs will communicate with short bursts often referred to as barking.
The mouse is a small, slender, gray or brown rodent that has a slightly pointed nose, small, black, slightly protruding eyes, large ears and a nearly hairless tail. House mice will live in or around homes, commercial buildings, farms and in open fields. House mice can dig and burrow into the ground or structures. The presence of mice is most likely noted by their droppings in runways, feeding areas, or where they find shelter.
Moles are small mammals that live underground in tunnels. They can vary from tan to brownish-black in color. They have tiny or invisible ears and eyes, reduced rear legs, and very powerful front limbs with large claws on their paws. Moles are commonly detected by the volcano-shaped hills that are made up of clods of dirt. These hills are pushed up from the deep tunnels and may be 2 to 24 inches tall.
California ground squirrels are easily identified as they forage above ground near their burrows. Their fur is brownish gray and speckled with off-white along the back. They are similar to tree squirrels in appearance and may climb trees, but when threatened they will return to their burrows underground. Ground squirrels will invade and damage gardens, fruit trees and ornamental plantings.
Rats will usually reside in close proximity to people. Their fur is coarse and usually brown to reddish-gray above and whitish-gray on the belly. There are blackish colored varieties in some locations. Rats will eat just about anything. The presence of rats is most likely noted by their droppings in runways, smudge marks from rubbing along the walls, and signs of gnawing. Pets will often alert you to their presence.
Voles are very often mistaken for mice. They are similar in appearance, but voles’ ears lie back against their heads rather than stand up, and they have a shorter tail that looks like it has been cut off. Voles will eat the roots of grass, plants, vegetables, and ornamental plantings, and they can girdle small trees and bushes. They are most often discovered by the damage they inflict on lawns, gardens and plantings.
Most rodents have fleas that can spread diseases such as typhus, bubonic plague and tularemia. Fleas survive by taking a “blood meal” from the host rodent. When a rodent dies, fleas look for a new host – another rodent, a passing human, your dog or cat. When a blood meal is taken from the new host, the disease is transmitted. Kaput Combo Baits kill the rodent AND the disease-carrying fleas, stopping the spread of disease.
Feral hogs are pigs living in the wild that have descended from escaped domesticated livestock. They are known to cause $800+ million in crop damage annually and water quality loss due to erosion along river banks. They can also cause landscape destruction and modification, and they can spread diseases to domestic livestock.
"The gophers were destroying my garden. Everything was being eaten just before it was ready to harvest! SO frustrating! We did exactly as the Staff advised us and this summer, I do believe we will actually be able to eat our own carrots! So far so good, no more damage, no more signs of them. Thank you Kaput!"
"We put the Kaput Rat & Mouse Bait place packs in bait stations near each vole hole we came across. In a very short amount of time, we saw all the damage STOP! A year later, we are still VOLE FREE! This product was easy to use, the Staff gave us excellent advice and support and we give Kaput two enthusiastic thumbs up!"
"As a licensed Pest Control Operator, I see all kinds of damage. But nothing compares to the customer I had with voles.This product does exactly what it says! We will stock Kaput Rat and Mouse blocks and place packs… it is so nice to have one product that effectively controls 3 different rodents."
"I just wanted to say that your Kaput-D Pocket Gopher Bait is a very good product. We moved into a house on 2.5 acres that we didn't realize was infested with gophers when we bought it. I did a TON of trapping at first, which is very effective as well and leaves no doubt that you got a kill, but it only gets the gophers that come to the surface where the trap is. Your Kaput-D bait is FAR more efficient."
"Imagine my surprise when the lady helping me at the store said, she don’t know the answer to my questions so let’s just call them! Who just calls a manufacturer anymore and expects to get answers right away??? Well, we did! We spoke with the nicest agent who answered all our questions, asked about my situation and offered up several options on what Kaput product to use, how and where to place the bait, and what is the best time of year to get the best results."
"Thank you for getting me the Kaput Mole Gel. I am thrilled… the moles sure won’t be!"
"Our vole problem was driving us insane! Pest control companies weren't getting it done and they are too expensive so I took matters into my own hands. Kaput® Rat & Mouse is doing the trick and I'm winning against the voles!"