Rodent Control: Eliminate Their Shelter and Food Source(s)

While movies like Flushed and Ratatouille humanized rodents, in reality they are not only pesky but can spread disease as well. And while traps, baits, and rodenticides are important, and effective, means of rodent control, eliminating the rodents’ harborage (where they live) and their food sources are critical steps to ensuring that a new family of rodents doesn’t move in next.

Three steps to rodent control

1. Harborage reduction. This means reducing or eliminating the number of places rodents will find it cozy to call home. To do that:

  • Eliminate the rodents’ food and water source (including by locking down garbage cans; garbage provides food harborage areas for rodents)
  • Keep vegetation and tall grass short; tall grass protects rodents from predators
  • Keep overhanging trees cut back; overhanging trees provide dark shadowy areas where rodents feel safe and protected
  • Remove piles of debris
  • A 2-foot wide barrier of cement or crushed rock should be established around commercial structures

2. For effective rodent control, you’ve got to deal with the dumpster. Dumpsters are one of the most common rodent problem areas. To resolve it:

  • Make sure dumpsters are large enough to prevent spills
  • Make sure dumpsters have tight lids
  • If possible, store dumpsters 25-50 yards from the exterior of the building

3. Rodent-proof areas that had been rodents’ harborage and food areas by:

  • Closing all holes in exterior and interior walls (no openings over a quarter inch)
  • Install self-closing devices on frequently used doors
  • Install vinyl or rubber sweeps under garage doors to eliminate any gaps
  • Seal all pipes, drains, and vents
  • Chimneys need to be capped

From tips and advice on how to keep rodents gone once you’ve gotten rid of them to all of the rodent control supplies you’ll need to do just that, ePest Solutions is here for the do-it-yourself pest control homeowner.


Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.