After a storm, many rodents are displaced from their natural habitat. As a result,
these animals seek areas which provide them with food and shelter. The new rodent
havens could be sheds, barns, or any structure. Damaged structures provide easy
access to rodents. The unwanted, unwelcome pests can cause health problems and property
Rats & Mice
- As soon as possible, remove all debris that could provide protective cover for rodents
from houses and buildings. Keep lawns and fields mowed to a low level to eliminate
cover for rodents. Openings into buildings around water pipes, electrical wires,
vents, and doors should be closed with 1/8 inch mesh hardware cloth and/or sheet
- Remove any potential food source, such as household trash, dog food in bowls outside,
or other foods that might attract mice and rats..
- Poisonous baits or anticoagulants are effective in mouse and rat control. Snap type
traps are effective in capturing nuisance rats and mice. Successful baits include
whole kernel corn, peanut butter and oatmeal, and oatmeal paste. Traps should be
checked each day and the carcasses disposed of in a safe, sanitary manner.
- Squirrels can be prevented from climbing onto roofs by encircling trees and poles
with two-foot wide collars of metal six-feet off the ground. Metal sheets should
be attached using encircling wires held together with springs to allow for tree
growth. Trees should be trimmed to prevent squirrels from jumping onto roofs. Close
openings to attics and eaves to houses and buildings with heavy 1/2-inch wire mesh
or sheet metal. Ledges and eaves can also be treated with a repellent.
- Traps, including No. 0 or 1 leghold traps, box traps, and cage traps will catch
squirrels. Regular rat-size snap traps will catch flying squirrels. Good baits are
slices of orange or apple, walnuts or pecans - out of the shell, peanut butter,
and sunflower seeds.
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