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Rodent Proof Your Home or Commercial Property

posted this on Oct 8, 2016

Eliminate all conducive areas and conditions

Harborage reduction

  • Eliminate the rodent’s food and water source.
  • Identify harborage areas
  • Keep vegetation and tall grass short.  Tall grass protects rodents from predators.
  • Keep overhanging trees cut back.  Overhanging trees provide dark shadowy areas where rodents feel sake and protected
  • Piles of debris should be removed.  Garbage provides food harborage areas for rodents
  • A 2 foot wide barrier of cement or crushed rock should be established around commercial structures

Dumpsters are one of the most common rodent problem  areas

  • Make sure dumpsters are large enough to prevent spills
  • Make sure dumpsters have tight lids
  • Store dumpsters 25-50 yards from the exterior of structure if possible

Identify areas that need to be rodent proofed (proceed after rodent knock down has occurred)

  • Close all holes in exterior and interior walls
  • Permit no openings over ¼”
  • Install self-clsomh devices on frequently used doors
  • Install vinyl or rubber sweeps under garage doors to eliminate any gaps
  • Seal all pipes, drains and vents, they need to be tight
  • Chimneys need to be capped and in good condition.
  • Remember a rat can fit through a ½ inch opening and a mouse can fit through a ¼ inch opening
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