Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Concerned about Rodents?

stock photo of a backyard with green cut grass, a reddish brown fence with a flower bed at its base and trees on either side of and behind the fence

If you have rats it doesn’t mean your property is dirty, it means there is shelter and an open food source for them.

Rats are attracted to small spaces because they feel protected. If a space is small enough for rodents to access, but not for their predators such as cats and dogs, rats will make it a home.

Rats can make homes in anything that provides shelter including sheds and garages, wood or rock piles, under enclosed patios and stairwells and in unwanted items such as old water tanks, appliances, building materials and tires. 

Remove food sources

  • Do not store garbage outside; place it at the curb no earlier than 6 a.m. on your pickup day
  • Remove bird feeders or attach catch basins so bird feed does not fall on the ground
  • Do not store pet food, bird feed and lawn seed outside
  • Compost properly – do not add fish or meat to backyard compost bins

Remove potential shelters

  • Tall grass, weeds and vegetation next to buildings and fences should be removed
  • Lumber, rocks, garbage, building material and other materials should be removed
  • Do not enclose the base of patios and raised stairwells, not even with lattice
  • Items that must be stored outside should be at least 46 cm (18 inches) off the ground and 30cm (12 inches) from walls and fences

Rat proof your property

  • Make it impossible for rats to get into any structure
  • Use screens in drains and tightly seal where utilities enter buildings
  • Install a metal kicking plate or heavy weather stripping beneath doors, including garage doors
  • If building a patio or shed on a grade, bury sheet metal skirting 30cm (12 inches) below the grade

Destroy rats
Rat eradication is best done by a professional pest control operator. Look up ‘Pest Control Services’ in the Yellow Pages or online.