The Inspectional Services Department has put together some helpful tips to keep rodents out and off of your property.
Tips on Keeping Rodents Away
- Keep unit clean.
- Seal all holes around pipes, heating ducts and under cabinets.
- Clean all hidden areas under stoves and refrigerators on a regular basis.
- Keep yard clean, cut grass.
- Store garbage in metal or heavy plastic containers with tight fitting lids.
- Remove weeds and debris near buildings and in yards.
- Do not leave pet food outside.
- Hire a licensed, insured pest control company familiar with IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques.
- Keep grass and shrubbery well-trimmed.
- Place bird food in a feeder, not on the ground, clean up spillage daily.
- Clean up animal waste frequently!
- Be sure to seal any openings to the house, even above ground level.
- Repair any breaks in the sewer line connecting your home with the main sewer system.
Did You Know?
- The Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) is the most common rat in the North East Region. These rats are heavy set, light brown to almost black. Their droppings are capsule shaped, about three quarters of an inch long.
- Rats generally live for one year at which time they can have six to twelve “pups” per litter, up to seven times a year.
- Rats burrow in the ground, under buildings and rubbish; usually living well within 150 feet of food and water source.
- Rats require roughly one ounce of food a day and a half ounce of water. They feed habitually on familiar food, preferring meats and grains, and are cautious of new items or new food.
- Rats can jump up to three feet and climb wires and pipe very well. Keep doors and windows screened with half-inch mesh hardware cloth.