Have you been noticing signs that rodents are coming in and taking over your garden? This may come in the form of disappearing plants, tunnels in the ground, the formation of mounds in various locations, and of course droppings. You may have even had a few sightings of the rodents themselves and are wondering where they’re coming from and why they’re targeting your garden. Like all creatures, the rodents are likely seeking food and shelter and have come to your find your garden as a great place for one of those things, or even both. Here are some animal control steps you can take to keep rats and other rodents out of your garden.
Check for Infestations
The first step in the process is to thoroughly check and inspect your garden for rodent infestations. This will give you a better idea of what areas they are targeting and how to create a plan to combat the infestation. Check your compost piles, sheds, garbage and recycling bins, wood piles, and your bird feeders. For these items, you have to make sure that they are being properly maintained and kept as neat as possible, to remove the attractiveness of these factors to the rodents. Be sure to lock your garbage and recycling can lids on tightly and keep bird seed and compost piles properly sealed and elevated off the ground.
Remove Shelter and Food Sources
One behavior that rodents are known for is their habit of creating nests. For this, they’ll use tall grass, brush piles, and wood piles. Be sure to keep your lawn neatly manicured and cut on a regular basis. Periodically move your brush and wood piles to different locations in your garden. If you have a compost pile, try the method of turning it weekly and spraying it with your garden hose. Discard spent plants in your garden and keep bird seed and even food for your pets off the ground. Store these food sources in metal bins or containers that the rodents won’t be able to chew through.
Check the condition of your sheds and other outdoor structures. Rodents, especially rats, can fit through holes as small as the size of a dime. Seal up any holes in these structures with wood or metal. In addition, around new and tender seedlings, protect them from rodents by using plastic, mesh tubes.
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