Tips for Home Rodent Control

Rats can contaminate or destroy human food. Because rats are prolific breeders, rodent control measures must include the elimination of food, water and spaces necessary for them to carry on the breeding process.      

Suggested steps include:

  1. Maintain Clean Properties and Closed Food and Trash Storage. Inspect regularly for signs of rodent activity. Keep trash cans tightly covered and lawns and yards free from debris. Pet food, cans without tight fitting lids, bird seed and food scraps left outside can encourage rat breeding. Never put household garbage or food scraps in compost piles.
  2. Cut off their water supply. Dump pails, unused flower pots, toys or equipment in which water can accumulate (standing water also provides a breeding area for mosquitos).
  3. Protect your home. Close holes in building foundations, under steps, sidewalks, or porches.
  4. Tidy Outdoor Eating. Clean outside eating areas and outdoor cooking equipment, including around bird feeders and barbecue pits. Greasy residue build up can attract rodents.
  5. Practice Rodent Control. When you see a rat, rat run, or rat burrow, take action immediately. The problem won’t just go away. Fill in the burrow to see if it is reopened, indicating an on going infestation. You should take measures to exterminate the existing population. Many bait station or trap products are available at local hardware and lawn and garden stores. You may wish to utilize a certified professional pest control operator. Just remember, any abatement must be accompanied by a continuing effort on your part to use The Rat Control Tips.   

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