Getting Rid of Rodents
Anyone can be affected by mice and rats. Everyone can stop their spread.
Although there are more than 20 types of rodents in British Columbia, only 3 cause common domestic or farmyard problems:
1. House mouse
2. Norway rat
3. Black rat (roof rat)
What harm do rodents cause?
- They damage your property because they chew or gnaw on building insulation, siding, drywall and wires.
- They eat food stored in your cupboards; if you eat food that has been contaminated by rodents, you can get sick.
- They spread diseases by biting humans or animals, and contaminate your home from their urine and droppings.
Do I have a rodent problem?
Rats and mice leave plenty of evidence. If you see any signs of chewing, you have a rodent problem. Watch for mouse nesting material inside the house or rat burrows outside. Dark brown droppings are a sure sign of infestation. You might hear rodents moving between walls, in attics and under foundations.
How can I get rid of rodents?
Rats and mice have babies often, so it is important to ﬁnd and get rid of them quickly and efficiently. The best way is by using traps. If using spring-loaded traps for rats, bait three of them in a row without setting them. Bait with dried fruit, peanut butter mixed with oats, or cheese. Set the traps at ‘right angles’ (90 degrees) to the walls where the rodents are known to travel, with the bait side of the trap toward the wall. When the rodents get use to feeding, then set the traps.
Once you capture a rodent, make sure not to touch it with your bare hands. Wear gloves when handling a dead rodent and the trap. Double bag the dead rat or mouse, seal the bags, and then bury, burn, or place the bags in the trash, according to local by-laws. The trap can be reset if gloves are worn.
How can I prevent rodents from living in my home?
1. Eliminate food and water sources:
- Keep all garbage, recycling and compost in containers with tight ﬁtting lids
- Remove fallen fruit and nuts from your yard
- Remove pet food right after feeding and do not leave it outside overnight
- Repair any plumbing leaks to remove a water source
- Clean out accumulated waste and food from pet enclosures
2. Eliminate hiding and living places:
- Keep your home and yard free of garbage or junk piles
- Do not store old cars or furniture outside
- Trim any dense bushes (i.e. blackberries), tall grass, or vines that are close to your house
3. Pest Proof Buildings
- Seal any possible entry points in the home that are greater than a dime (6 mm or a 1/4 inch)
- Repair cracks, gaps or holes in siding, doors, windows and foundations
- Don’t forget to check for holes in areas of the roof
Tenants are required to report pest problems to the Property Management Team immediately.
Please understand, severe pest problems damage our asset and will be considered tenant neglect if left unreported.