In our region we have seen neighborhood after neighborhood turn from well-groomed lawns, with tidy landscapes to trash dumps at the end of each driveway. Mattresses, sheetrock, trash, wet items, etc. Everything ruined from the floods is now piled up sitting on the curb waiting for pickup. As we wait for the cleanup pest and rodents are making their selves at home in your trash.
Watch for the typical signs of rodent activity, fecal droppings, gnawing, small holes entering places rodents seek shelter, etc. If you do find yourself under invasion from pests and rodents you can take these precautions below to deter them until debris can be cleared.
- These debris provide protective cover for rodents. Obviously the current situation is contributing to the many lingering trash piles around town. Place these piles as far away as possible from structure. This can be a slight issue right now with so much trash piled up.
- As always keeping lawns and field vegetation groomed eliminating yet another source of cover.
- Remove or contain food sources such as household trash, spoiled or discarded food, bird or grass seed in a storeroom, dog and cat food etc., that attract mice and rats.
- Do not leave bowls of pet food outdoors overnight.
- Seal gaps around water pipes, utility line entry points, vents, crawlspace accesses and doors. Rodents can chew through a number of materials used to seal the exterior of your home. Materials like copper mesh, Extruder or 1/4- inch mesh galvanize hardware cloth are better suited to close large openings.
- Place snap traps indoors if needed but do not setup in areas where children and pets may be able to reach them. Check the traps daily for carcasses and dispose of accordingly. When handling traps that have caught rodents, wear gloves which can be thrown away or cleaned with bleach.
- Community-wide problems are best handled by the city or a pest control professional after cleanup is underway. As with situations where you use snap-traps, check areas for rodent carcasses and remove them quickly before stray animals find and possibly eat them (and in the process become sick from the anticoagulant chemical in the bait).
- Do not place baits or traps in areas where they are accessible to children, pets or wildlife. Call Natran if you are unsure or need assistance.