Rodent-proofing your property is a way to eliminate conditions that make it possible for rats and mice to survive. It is helpful to be aware of the kinds of conditions that attract rodents to your property and what steps a property owner can take to protect their property from rodents.
Signs of Rodent Issues
You may not know you have a rodent problem until you see one in your yard. Rats are great at hiding and can cause destruction if the setting is right. The following are signs that you may have a rodent problem in your yard:
- Dropping of ½ inch or larger
- Gnaw marks on word and outdoor materials
- Nests in the ground or within vegetation and clutter
- Garbage or debris in unused areas
- Noises, such as scratching or gnawing
- Check under decks or around foundation for disturbance in the dirt
Ways to Prevent Rodent on Your Property
Don't feed animals. Compost, gardens, pet waste and standing water attracts rodents to the area and can cause them to burrow onto your property or the surrounding properties. Make sure to pick up any trash and any fruits or vegetable that have fallen from your garden. When throwing out your garbage, make sure the bags are contained inside the garbage cans and the lids are sealed tight.
Remove Potential Shelters
Shelter from the elements will encourage rodents to burrow onto your property. Remove potential shelters by removing clutter and debris from the exterior of your home. Make sure your grass, shrubs and other vegetation around the exterior of your home is trimmed. Overhanging bushes and trees can create an area where rodents feel protected and want to burrow, so please make sure bushes and trees are trimmed.
Maintain Accessory Structures
Make sure accessory structures are maintained and clean of clutter. Rats can fit through an opening the size of a nickel. Mice are able to squeeze through an opening the size of a dime. Inspect your home and exterior structures for any cracks and be sure to seal all openings to prevent rodents from entering. Installation of rubber seals under garage doors eliminate gaps for rodents to squeeze through and protect your structure from rodent infestation.
If you see a rodent or have questions or concerns, please contact the Community Development Department at (708) 762-5922.