Part one should begin by rodent proofing.
Rodent proofing is the process of denying rodents entry into a building or home by improving the building integrity. Rodent exclusion is the best long term and cost effective method of rodent control. You want to eliminate dead spaces, cracks, crevices, and other openings so that pests cannot hide in, enter, or leave a specific building, room or piece of equipment.
Copper mesh should be used when trying to prevent entry into a hole and opening. Rodents do not have the ability to chew or gnaw through the copper mesh fibers.
Openings around pipes and doors should be corrected. Wooden doors are often gnawed through by rodents. Ventilation grill should be covered with 18-gauge mesh.
Removal of harborage areas around structure and removing of tree branches that hang over roof line will also help in your rodent exclusion.
Part two is cleaning out the population.
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Part three is cleaning up the items that rodents find most attractive.
· Keep food in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids.
· Clean up spilled food right away.
· Wash dishes and cooking utensils soon after use.
· Keep cooking areas and grills clean.
· Always put pet food away after use and do not leave pet-food out overnight.
· If storing trash and food waste inside the home, do so in rodent-proof containers, and frequently clean the containers with soap and water.
· Keep bird feeders away from the house and utilize squirrel guards to limit access to the feeder by squirrels and other rodents.
· Use a thick plastic or metal garbage can with a tight lid.
· Keep compost bins as far away from the house as possible.
· Dispose of trash and garbage on a frequent and regular basis, and pick up or eliminate clutter.
· Eliminate possible nesting sites outside the home.
· Elevate hay, woodpiles, and garbage cans at least 1 foot off the ground.
· Move woodpiles far away from the house (100 feet or more is best).
· Get rid of old trucks, cars, and old tires that mice and rats could use as homes.
· Keep grass cut short and shrubbery within 100 feet of the home well trimmed.