Since every structure is different, rodent issues should be addressed on a case-by-case basis by the property owner, property manager, or pest management company. Listed below are control strategies and methods that are highly effective and safe for Kiawah's bobcats and other wildlife.
Follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for rodent control. The steps of IPM are as follows:
1. Identify specific rodent problems and locations by doing a thorough survey of the property. Only take action if a problem exists. Seeing a rodent in your yard is not a rodent problem.
2. Exclusion (sealing exterior holes and cracks) is the most effective strategy for eliminating existing and future rodent issues and protects your home from other problems associated with structure exposure. All exterior holes, cracks, or gaps larger than a ½ inch should be sealed using either hardware cloth, stainless steel wool or expanding foam products. If you cannot do this yourself, there are exclusion service providers who specialize in evaluating structure entry points and perform sealing services.
3. Use non-chemical methods of rodent control (eliminate food/water sources, use traps).
4. As a last resort, pesticides can be used for significant infestations inside structures but should only be applied for a short time (typically ten days) and then stopped once the problem is resolved. Use only pesticides containing the active ingredients bromethalin or cholecalciferol. These two pesticides are just as effective as second-generation anticoagulants (SGAs) and have significantly lower negative secondary impacts on Kiawah's wildlife. Learn more at www.savekiawahbobcats.com