Contrary to some beliefs, rodents don’t come from a specific neighborhood, entity, or area—rodents require food and shelter, and densely populated communities like ours are more likely to provide these. When it comes to rodent control, everyone plays a role. Residents can remove food and shelter sources from their properties by:
The following are strong indicators that you may have rats or rodents in your home or on your property:
The following clean-up procedures will reduce your risk of exposure:
Note that these are recommendations provided by the CDC. Remember that bleach can stain surfaces and that cleaning chemicals can be harmful if misused. Always follow label instructions.
You may want to consider first addressing your neighbor or property owner with a friendly conversation about the issue. If that's not possible, or if you need to report the issue, contact our Code Enforcement department at 248-336-4365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entering or cleaning buildings that have been closed for a long period of time, such as garages, storage sheds, or anywhere with rodent droppings. You can get sick by breathing in dust that is contaminated with urine or droppings, by direct contact with an infected rodent, or by eating or drinking products contaminated with urine or feces.
If you have a Code Enforcement concern, you may submit your request online using the form below, or contact City of Ferndale Inspector at 248-546-2525 ext. 131.
Take away their food:
Rodents will eat anything—to remove rats, you must remove their food source. Common food sources include:
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:
You may need to hire a professional if you have a bad infestation. The State of Michigan recommends working with pest management companies that use an "Integrated Pest Management" (IPM). IPM focuses on long-term solutions to pest problems with minimum impact on human health and the environment.
If you think you may have an infestation of rats or rodents, contact City of Ferndale Inspector Emily Loomis at 248-336-4365 or email@example.com. A specialist will be happy to come and inspect your home and property and advise about how best to proceed.
Trapping is the preferred method for eliminating rodents, both indoors and outdoors. Snap traps are inexpensive and effective. Peanut butter usually works as bait. Set the trap in the area with the most rodent activity. Rodents tend to run along walls, so place traps next to a wall, fence line, or foundation. Make sure children and pets do not have access to the traps.
Poisoning is not an ideal way to eliminate rodents but is sometimes necessary when populations become too large. Poison is not recommended for indoor use, as rodents can die inside walls and produce odor. Rodent poisons (rodenticides) are also harmful to animals and pets, so use them carefully. Always use a secured bait station to keep poisons away from children and pets. When dealing with poisons, it's best to work with a certified and referenced extermination professional.
In October of 2020, City Council signed a resolution against the use anticoagulant rodenticides as part of maintenance programs for City-owned parks and facilities and recognized that the use of anticoagulant pesticides are harmful to our community environment. The City’s DPW discourages the use of anticoagulants and serve as a model in promoting alternative means of pest control on public property. The full resolution can be found here.
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