Rats and mice need food, water and a source of heat to survive, so houses and buildings are naturally the perfect home. Anywhere a pencil fits through, a mouse can too. Mice only need a ¼ inch opening to get inside and young rats only need about a ½ inch.
With rats and mice trying to push their way indoors, focusing on exclusion and prevention is the key to successfully controlling a rodent problem versus one that produces callbacks and continued frustration.
To help control rodent populations, here’s a checklist for one of the key steps in rodent management, Exclusion and Sanitation.
Check for possible rodent entrances
Trim foliage and clean up other potential rodent harborages
Exclude rodents from buildings
Keep an eye out for new holes & tunnels:
Efforts by rats and mice to return to old feeding grounds will be strongest a week or two after the building has been sealed up.
October 16, 2018
Minnesota Pest Management Association Board of Directors Meeting
Crooked Pint, Maplewood, MN