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March BOCC Focus: Mice and Trash

Little rat sitting on a plastic cup thrown on the grass

This winter we have experienced mice activity in the area.  Homeowners need to be vigilant when suspecting a rodent problem, as rodents mature and reproduce quickly.  Needless to say, a small rodent problem can quickly become a large problem if ignored.

Rats and mice seek warmth, water, and food sources.  Please note:
• Garbage is an excellent food source for rodents.  Store garbage in rodent-proof containers.  Trash receptacles should be rust resistant, watertight, and have tight fitting lids.  Leaving your kitchen trash outside in plastic bags overnight invites rodents.
• Rodents also feed on bird seed, snails, garden vegetables and dog droppings.  Store pet food in metal containers with tight-fitting lids.  Feed pets away from vegetation and harborage areas, and do not leave pet food out overnight.
• Young mice can enter through openings slightly larger than ¼” in diameter, and juvenile rats can enter through openings as small as 1/2” in diameter.
• The average female house mouse can produce up to 8 litters of 4 to 8 pups each.  Since rats can reproduce up to 6 times a year, that equates to as many as 48 rats in a year!
• House mice can search for food and nesting materials in an area as far as 50 feet away from the nest.
•  Any items like pots or containers from the summer left outside by garages should be moved indoors.  Mice hide and dig around these items.
If you are already aware of mouse or rat droppings in your home or garage, be advised that baiting and trapping is an effective means of controlling rodents. Snap and glue traps can be purchased at hardware stores and are most effective when baited with peanut butter and placed in rodent runways between harborage and feeding areas.

Please join us all in doing our part to help the community stay clean and pest free. All trash must be placed in containers with secured lids.  Trash can’t be left in bags outside. Trash must be put outside the night before or morning of pick-up then stored away on non-trash days. It’s important to remember that we all live in this community together, and pest and trash control is something we all have to invest in together.

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