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Mice and Rats
I remember the first
time I saw a real mouse. It
didn’t look anything like Mickey……..
Aside from doing
millions of dollars in damage in contamination of feeds, rodents also carry
disease. As of 1999, there
were 7 different types of hantaviruses identified in the United States, all
carried by rodents.
In order for your rodent control
program to be effective (as well as efficient) on a long-term basis there are
four steps you must take.
2. Sanitation: In order for rodents to flourish, they must have access to food, water and nesting sites. You can reduce the rodent population through:
3. Rodent Proofing: If you are using a room in a barn or shed that was not especially built for feed, it may not be possible to do extensive rodent proofing. In fact, even if you ARE using a building especially built to store feed, you may find rodent proofing difficult!
In addition to sanitation and rodent proofing, you must also reduce the rodent
population. We use a combination of
traps and baits to do this. When
setting baits, you have to consider non-target animals (emus, cats, dogs) and
We use a PVC bait station. Take a ¾” T, attach 2” of pipe to each of the 3 ends. On the end that is “up” we put a 1” cap (slides on and off easily). These are attached around the emu pens every 10 feet. The cap can be raised and the bait inspected and replaced as needed. When a rodent is found, it is easily removed from the fence and the rodent is dumped out. These cannot be placed inside the pens as the birds will not leave them alone.
When baiting any kind of trap in a feed room, place the trap in an area inaccessible to pets.
Having trouble getting the rodents to pay attention to your feed room
traps? He has plenty to eat, so
consider using a liquid bait to help him wash down all he’s consumed.
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