Rodent Infestation Prevention
There are a few things a homeowner can do to prevent rodent infestation:
- Keep garbage in metal containers with tight fitting lids, and empty them often.
- Remove pet food dishes and leftovers promptly after feeding.
- Store pet food in metal containers.
- Place bird food in feeder, not on ground.
- Clean up fallen fruits and nuts.
- Clean up animal waste frequently.
- An old shed or auto is an invitation to rats. Repair or remove them.
- Rats can jump up to 3 feet and climb wires and pipes. Be sure to seal any openings to the house, even above ground level.
- Keep windows and doors screened. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime!
- Store lumber and firewood well off the ground.
- Repair any breaks in the sewer line which connects your home to the main sewer system.
- Spring-loaded traps are effective indoors where poisons may pose a threat to people or pets.
- Trap or glue boards are preferred outdoors. Bait with peanut butter or partially cooked bacon.
- Mice may be trapped by attaching nesting materials, peanut butter or partially cooked bacon to springloaded traps. Follow trap instructions.
- An effective rat poisoning requires a fresh, dry supply of bait that is readily available. To kill rats in the shortest time possible, first eliminate all other sources of food, forcing them to eat the poison.
- Use properly labeled, EPA approved poison rat bait. Contact your local hardware or garden shop.
- Wear gloves when using any poison.
- Keep all poison out of the reach of children and pets!
- Poisons (rodenticides) can be used outside. Tamper-resistant bait stations reduce the chances of poisoning other animals. Take caution when using poisons. Always read and follow directions on the label. You may also choose to enlist the services of a pest control company.