Posted on: August 26, 2016

Tips for rodent prevention

With the coming of warmer weather and the inevitable reappearance of wildlife and pests, residents will need tobe prepared to prevent rats/rodents from occupying homes and properties. Here are a few steps you can takefor prevention:

1. Eliminate food and water sources:

  • Keep all garbage in pest proof containers with tight fi tting lids.
  • Follow good composting practices for rodent control. Do not throw food scraps into backyard composts without covering.
  • Remove and dispose of fallen or rotten fruits, vegetables and nuts from your yard.
  • Remove pet foods right after feeding and do not leave outside.
  • Clean out waste and food from pet pens and enclosures.
  • Equip bird feeders with trays and clean spilled seeds often.
  • Repair any plumbing leaks to remove a water source.
  • Cover pools and whirlpools when not in use.

2. Eliminate hiding and living places:

  • Keep building perimeters clear of plantings, stored lumber or junk.
  • Trim plants near buildings so that 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) above ground is clear. Trim branches of trees or shrubs to prevent access to roofs or balconies.
  • Remove unused piles of lumber, old sheds and other building materials.
  • Do not store old cars or furniture outside.
  • Store lumber and fi rewood on stands 30 cm to 45 cm (12 to 18 inches) off the ground.

3. Pest proof buildings:

  • Cover crawl spaces, fresh air and attic vents with metal screening or mesh.
  • Seal any possible entry points in the building exterior that are greater than 6mm (1/4 inch). Pay close attention to door jams and gaps between the siding and the house foundation.
  • Repair cracks in cement footings and foundations.
  • Build sheds on concrete slabs.