HUMANE WAYS TO CONTROL RODENTS
Do you have fruit trees? Even if you don’t, here are some humane ways of controlling rodents.
- Remove clutter and hiding spots: rodents can use wood piles and debris for shelter: clear debris and fallen fruit.
- Trim branches away from structures to remove ways for rodents to get easy access to your home.
- Block access to sub-structure crawl space: use wire mesh or cement blocks. Bury the mesh a few inches below the soil.
- Mulching: Rodents like to burrow under wood mulch. Remove mulch next to the foundation. It can attract both rodents (and termites). Use river rocks or gravel instead.
- Companion plants such as marigolds, lavender and mint are famous for repelling rodents. Grow these around your fruit trees.
- Keep bird feeders away from your garden. Rodents love these.
- Ultrasonic devices sometimes work. Give them a try.
- Natural predators: feral cats, snakes. owls and hawks will keep the rodents at bay. Never use poison. This will make the situation worse as the natural predators will also die.
- Have a heart traps: catch and release live rodents, far from your garden.
- Combine several methods and be patient.