Northampton Board of Health
June 29, 2021
Mouse & Rat Infestation Prevention and Control Suggestions
1. Remove current rodent occupants-
2 methods: a) Baiting – Use tamper resistant bait stations which keep children and pets away b) Trapping- Use snap style traps that kill quickly
2. Close up all holes- on the exterior of your house with rodent proofing materials. Pay attention to doors, windows, vents and other small openings.
3. Clean up your yard- remove piles of debris, garbage, and clutter because these areas provide a “safe” area for rodents.
4. Prevent Outdoor Access- Trim away overhanging trees because they provide a way for rodents to hop onto your roof and get in. Keep trees pruned so that rodents do not have a place to hide.
5. Invest in mint- Rats and mice avoid the scent of mint. Plant mint around your house or garden. Peppermint oil can also be used in areas such as attic beams to deter rodents.
6. Remove Food Sources- Gardens and fruit trees can be a real draw for rodents. If you have a garden, keep it free from rotting food. If you have fruit trees, pick up dropped fruit from the ground. Plant mint in and around your garden to deter rodents. Predator urine (fox) can be sprayed around the perimeter of the garden as a deterrent. Local garden stores sell this in powder or liquid form.
7. Practice Cleanliness- in and outside your home- Make sure garbage cans are rodent proof bins. Pet foods need to be securely contained. Do not leave food sitting out in or around your home. Eliminate food sources for the rodents.
8. Call a pest control professional- If you need help in removing rodents, pest control professionals are used to dealing with infestations and extermination. They can also prevent further rodent control problems in the future. Establishing an effective barrier around your home, maintenance through regular treatment, and consultation on pest problems is what pest control companies can do to improve your quality of life.