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How do I prevent rodents?

Take away their food

Rodents will eat anything—to remove rats, you must remove their food source. Common food sources include:

  • Garbage
  • Bird food/feeders
  • Pet food/chicken feed
  • Pet waste
  • Fallen fruit from trees or unharvested produce from gardens

Keep them out of your house

Rats can fit through a space the size of a quarter or smaller. Small openings in homes, buildings, and sheds must be sealed to prevent rodents from entering. Check for openings where pipes or wires enter the building, under eaves, around foundations and crawl space entrances, and near doors and windows. Use cement, 1/4-inch steel hardware cloth (wire mesh), or steel wool and spray foam to seal openings.

Keep them out of your yard

Don’t let your yard be a nesting zone for rodents. Rats will nest in:

  • Outdoor piles of garbage and junk.
  • Under wood piles or lumber—stack wood piles 18 inches off the ground.
  • Under blackberry bushes, shrubs, vines, and tall grasses that are not trimmed or cut back.
  • Holes under buildings that haven’t been filled

You may need to hire a professional if you have a bad infestation.  The State of Michigan recommends working with pest management companies who use an "Integrated Pest Management" (IPM).  IPM focuses on long-term solutions to pest problems with minimum impact on human health and environment.

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