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I just saw a rat, what do I do?

The rodent population in Ferndale is something that we take very seriously and must address as a community. The rodents need three things to flourish: a place to live, food, and water. This is why code enforcement is so important. If we eliminate these three things, we will make significant progress in our fight against rodents.

Where do rodents live?

  • Near food, water and shelter
  • Under wood or lumber piles
  • In bushes, vines, and tall grass
  • Under rocks or landscaping features
  • In unused lawn furniture
  • Around trash and garbage
  • In or under sheds and garages

What food bring rats to my yard?

  • Improperly stored garbage
  • Storing unclean recyclables
  • Animal food
  • Bird feeders
  • Dog and cat food bowls outside
  • Fruit and vegetables on the ground
  • Improperly managed compost piles
  • Dog droppings
  • Ponds, fountains, and water hoses

What will make my yard less attractive to rats?

  • Stack firewood 18” off the ground
  • Stop feeding birds
  • Keep bushes trimmed
  • Remove dog droppings daily
  • Get rid of clutter in the yard
  • Do not leave pet food outside
  • Do not compost meat or dairy products
  • Store garbage in cans with lids
  • Clean recyclables before storing
  • Remove water sources
  • Install sweeps on garage doors

The City isn't responsible for exterminating rats from your property, but we will be happy to visit you and help develop a plan for keeping rodents out of your yard. Rodent control is a community issue, so we encourage you to share the information with as many of your neighbors as possible.

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