Successful Rodent Control Requires City, Resident Cooperation
The presence of rats, mice, chipmunks, skunks and other vermin are nothing new. They share our space and have always been around – sometimes more widespread and visible, sometimes less.
To thrive, these rodents need two things available to them:
- A source of food and water.
Food and water – Rats and Vermin feed on the following:
- Pet food left outside, or made accessible in a garage or shed.
- Pet waste – yes, pet waste left in the yard is a significant food source for rats.
- Bird feeders, squirrel food, bread, peanuts, popcorn, etc. Much of the food put out for the “friends” residents enjoy, winds up feeding rats and vermin.
- Home vegetable gardens and fallen, rotten fruit.
- Household trash put out overnight in bags. (Instead, use secure trash cans with lids.)
- Stagnant pools, decorative fountains or ponds provide a water source.
Shelter – Rats and vermin will make a home in:
- Debris, wood piles on the ground, trash, tires, building materials. (Keep wood and building materials at least 12 inches off the ground.)
- Accessory buildings or garages or slabs without rat wall protection – they can burrow under the slab and create a rat or vermin “hotel.”
- Skirted decks and decks low to the ground – while they may be attractive, these decks can also provide living space for critters.
- Holes in your foundation, home, garage or shed. (Seal any hole more than ½ inch.)
- Weeds around exterior of houses, sheds, garages, etc. (Keep a 3-foot perimeter clear.)
Take away the food and shelter and the rats and vermin will not come around.
If there is an infestation, baiting and trapping or professional exterminators must be utilized – you do not want the vermin to go elsewhere. Homeowners are responsible for this clean up.
Call Ordinance Enforcement for further information or if you wish to report a problem at: