Rodent Control Tips

It’s the time of year when those with barns have more problems with rodent control.  With the cool weather, rodents seem to find there way inside seeking warmth and food.  Rats and mice have long been a problem on farms where food and nesting sites are plentiful. They are carriers of some 45 diseases and are capable of contaminating farm feed and water supplies helping to spread disease from contaminated to uncontaminated areas and from animal to animal. Many of these diseases are harmful to livestock and humans.  In addition to diseases, they can chew through wiring causing fire hazards.

Even when you think you have a structure rodent-proof, they still seem to find a way in.  Rats and mice can get through holes smaller than a quarter and they are excellent climbers, helping them with their determination to get inside. When you see one mice or rat, the rule of thumb is there are usually 20-25 more.

Don’t let a rodent problem embarrass you, the probability is high that mice or rats currently exist on your farm. The key is to act quickly before they become worse.  When you see the black droppings about the size of a rice kernel or a bean, you know mice and rats have been there.  They are highly reproductive and have amazing survival skills, so the sooner you combat the problem the less damaging your rodent invasion will be.

Smith Farm Supply carries many types of various rodent control products that include sprays, traps, baits, and bars.
Some of them are:

  • Ramik Brand Products
  • Harris Brand Products
  • Tomcat Brand Products
  • Liquid Fence
  • Sweeny Poison Peanuts
  • Bonide Repels-All
  • Duke Traps

Tips to Rodent Proof Your Barn

The cleaner you keep your barn the less attractive it is to rodents.  Try to avoid those piles of building materials, old feed bags, or old hay that a rodent can hide in or under.  Block off entranced into the walls and try not to have anything around that they can use for nesting material.

Some other tips are:

  • keep the area as clean as possible
  • avoid loosely piled building material
  • avoid old feed bag stacked up
  • keep gauze, and cotton items they could use for nesting materials in a rodent-proof container
  • plug any holes with steel wool
  • Limit their water source by making sure you do not have leaking pipes or water faucets
  • If an open water trough or water bucket is not being used, empty it
  • Keep feed in metal hoppers or covered cans

Let Smith Farm Supply help you find the right product to help you with those pesky rodents.  Stop in today, we look forward to seeing you.