Rodent Control


RODENT PROOFING

Rodent proofing is a vital part of a complete rodent control program. The objective is to close all present and potential openings which may serve as entries for rats and mice. This means changing building details to prevent rats and mice from entering. It is important not to seal rodents indoors until baiting, trapping and removal is completed.

Inspect first! Begin with a thorough inspection of the premises and locate openings larger than one-quarter of an inch, and openings where utilities enter. Check floor drains and sewer pipe grates. Make sure doors, windows and screens are fitting tightly. Other possible rodent entries to consider are transoms and letter drops.

The materials for rodent proofing should be rodent resistant, such as sheet metal, heavy wire mesh, concrete, brick and mortar. Steel wool is a good substitute for plugging holes when other materials are not available, but it should only be used as a temporary measure. To prevent rats and mice from using wires and pipes to enter, the appropriate metal guards should be used, such as a flat funnel twelve inches wide for a single vertical line next to the building, and an eighteen inch radius disk guard for horizontal lines.

Rodent Control Finally, after you have control of the problem, continue to monitor both inside and outside your residence to make sure your property is rodent free. Remember, re-infestation can occur inside rodent proofed buildings when doors and windows are left open. Re-inspection is necessary to be certain rodent proofing remains effective. This process must be repeatedly evaluated to assure control. If you notice rats on the outside of the property, locate their nest source as well as their sources of food and water and eliminate if possible.

Rodent Proofing Your Yard

1. Eliminate Food Sources

Remove defective refuse cans.
Provide a sufficient amount of refuse cans. A 32 gallon container with a tight fitting lit is best.
DO NOT LITTER. Be sure garbage in secure in container and not on the ground.
Drain and wrap garbage before disposing.
Remove pet food immediately and clean up animal waste.

2. Eliminate Water

Keep all drains covered and secure.
Make sure hoses are not leaking.
Get rid of any standing water in yard.
Fix any defective pipes or drains.

3. Eliminate Rodent Hiding Places

Get rid of junk, lumber, old boxes, discarded appliances chairs or bedding on the ground or under porches.
Remove abandoned vehicles.

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