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Rodent Control

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Rodent Control

We listened to your feedback on rodent control and partnered with local pest management company, Orkin Canada, to develop a green solution to managing rodent problems.

First off, it's important to understand that it's common for rodents to become a challenge in communities with substantial growth and development. This is because their natural habitat is being destroyed or disturbed. This approved green initiative will help you reduce the occurrence of unwanted rodents through education and communication, along with an extensive treatment program targeting all homes in Paradise. Both non-chemical and chemical tools will be used as part of this initiative.

Here's what you can do to help!

Tip 1: Look For Evidence
  • Look for places where rodents live. Most rodents live in nests or burrows. Burrows are holes in dirt or concrete from one to four inches wide with smooth edges. Burrows can be found under bushes and plants and will often have an entrance and exit hole.
  • Look for droppings. Droppings are often found close to garbage. If they're moist and dark, it's a sign that rodents are in the area.
  • Look for holes and gnaw marks on wood and plastic garbage cans.
  • Check walls and grass for signs of runways. Rodents run along the same path many times, leaving dark greasy track marks along walks and worn down paths in grass.
Tip 2: Clean Up
  • Wash away droppings and track marks.
  • Remove clutter. Clutter gives rodents many areas to hide, sleep and reproduce.
  • Trim overgrown vegetation. Rodents can use weeds, shrubs, compost piles, and bushes to hide.
Tip 3: Shut Them Out
  • Seal cracks and small holes with caulking or screening.
  • Fill larger gaps and holes with mortar or ready to use cement.
  • Use weather stripping on doors.
  • Use caulking around utility lines.
Tip 4: Starve Them
  • Rodents need only one ounce of food per day. Don't let your garbage be their food.
  • Bring garbage cans and bags to the curb as close to pick up time as possible.
  • Use hard plastic or metal cans with tight fitting lids.
  • Don't put food out for stray cats, pigeons/birds, or squirrels.
Tip 5: Wipe Them Out
  • Close inactive burrows by filling them with soil and tamping then down with a shovel.
  • Close burrows in cracked or broken asphalt or concrete with patching concrete.
  • Rodent baiting is also an option, but is best handled by a licensed pest management professional to prevent poisoning of non-targets.