Fundamental Key of Pest Control - Sanitation
Good housekeeping or sanitation is a basic factor in rodent control.
Eliminating food, water, and harborage for rats and mice can reduce rodent populations rapidly.
To implement sanitation practices:
• Clean up garbage and rubbish.
• Properly store garbage.
• Properly store food (store raw or prepared foods and refuse indoors in covered, ratproof containers or in ratproof rooms).
• Store pet food and bird seed in rat proof containers.
• Remove harborages (remove piles of rubbish, trash, junk, boxes, and protected enclosures).
• Dry up sources of water.
• Pick fruits and vegetables when ripe so rodents will not feed on them.
Sanitation must be used constantly in rodent control to be effective. Yearly clean-up programs are generally ineffective for rodent control