The environment around your operation has a big impact on rodent control. Keeping a clean, well-maintained facility will discourage rodent populations from nesting and make any baiting program more effective.
- Eliminate the rodents' food and water source – rats and mice will typically build a nest when they have an ample supply of food and water
- Garbage, manure and any spilled animal feed will attract rodents – minimize them as much as possible
- Rodents will look for areas to nest and breed where they are out of view of predators - Identify these harborage areas and look for ways to eliminate them both indoors and outdoors.
- Keep grass and vegetation cut short. Tall grass protects rodents from predators.
- Keep overhanging trees cut back. Overhanging trees provide dark shadowy areas where rodents feel safe and protected.
- Piles of debris should be removed from the exterior of the structure. Garbage and clutter around the perimeter provide food harborage areas for rodents.
- A 3-foot wide barrier of cement or crushed rock should be established around the structure.