Rodents and farms go hand in hand. Farms are large properties that have plenty of grains, meats, eggs, water and shelter to provide, and rats will be more than happy to take advantage of that. While it’s almost impossible to completely remove every single rat that sets up on a farm, it’s important to keep rat populations down to a minimum, otherwise they get out of control and wreak havoc. In this article, we’re going to cover some of the pest control measures used against Norway rats on farms.
Preventing every single rat from entering a farm is not really an option, but you can make the farm less welcoming to rats, ensuring that their numbers stay low, and their visits short. There are two main elements of a prevention effort – exclusion and sanitation. Exclusion refers to the physical and chemical obstacles that you put in place to prevent entry on the farm. Sanitation refers to removing the environmental conditions that draw in rats. This can mean keeping the farm clean, and keeping food stored in secure containers so that they cannot be reached by rats.
When it comes to control methods, the most commonly used method is trapping. This is because poisons can be dangerous on a farm. Not only can other animals eat the poisoned bait, but the rats themselves become poisonous once they ingest the poison. Still, there are certain situations in which poisons can be used effectively, and some rodenticides do not have strong secondary poisonous effects. Since infestations can get quite large, the best option when it comes to rat control on farms is to hire a professional.
Getting professional help
If you are dealing with a rat infestation on your farm, it’s important to find the right company for the job. Make sure to shop around and find the best offer/service. We offer professional rat control services, so if you are interested, give us a call and we will go through our pricing, process and anything else you would like to know. Rat infestations can get out of hand fast, so the sooner you act after noticing a rat presence on your farm, the lower the control costs and the hassle of removing the infestation. Contact us today with any questions you may have, or to schedule an inspection appointment as soon as possible.