Mice and rats are some of the most common and troublesome pests that commercial environments encounter and some of their favorite foods include seeds and grain. This spells big trouble for farmers, food processing plants, food storage facilities and many other industries in Idaho, Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Not only can they eat significant amounts of produce, rodents will also contaminate any food that they come into contact with, causing massive amounts of product to go to waste. Proper storage of grain and good sanitation practices can go a long way towards keeping your product pest free. Follow these tips to improve your commercial facility and make it less attractive to problematic rodents.
Seal entry points – Repair any holes or cracks in the wall, doors and foundation of your storage facility. Also, remove any overhanging branches; rodents are excellent climbers and can use branches to gain access to your roof. Clear any shrubs and weeds from the edge of the building; rodents don’t like open spaces.
Clean often – Rodents love clutter; remove any empty sacks or garbage regularly. This will eliminate many possible nesting sites for mice and rats.
Remove food sources – Do not leave any grain lying on the ground; immediately clean up any spills. Make sure all grain is stored in tightly sealed containers or sacks and store them high enough off of the ground that the rodents cannot jump up to reach them. This includes feed for other animals, such as chickens.
If your farm is having rodent control problems, or problems with any other pest, Sprague Pest Solutions can help. Sprague offers commercial pest control in Utah, Washington and throughout the Northwest. Contact us today to exterminate pests that are destroying your product and affecting your bottom line.
This blog was originally published on December 15, 2011, but we have updated it to reflect the most recent and accurate information available in helping you combat frustrating rodent problems.