10 Rodent Control Tips

  1. Store garbage in metal or heavy plastic containers with tight lids.
  2. Place trash outside shortly before pickup; don't leave plastic garbage bags outside overnight.
  3. Remove weeds and debris near buildings and in yards; don't give rats a place to hide.
  4. Store opened food in metal or glass containers with tight lids.
  5. Don't leave extra pet food out; store it in a secure container.
  6. Sweep up food remains, litter, and trash - inside and outside of your home.
  7. Inspect your basement and house for cracks and holes, seal them with mortar.
  8. Make sure you have screens on windows; inspect windows and screens for holes.
  9. Keep outside doors closed; use metal trim to prevent rodents from gnawing and entering underneath.
  10. Don't provide hiding places for rodents; store materials such as lumber and boxes on a rack with a clean, open area underneath.  Get rid of unused materials. 


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