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Rodent control #348810

Asked August 01, 2016, 10:43 AM EDT

I live on a ranch in Northern Nevada. This year we have been completely overrun with rodents (rats & mice). I have been trapping continuously since May but am not keeping up. I am very concerned about using poison because of the other wildlife that I do not want to injure. We have a wonderful raptor population as well as many snakes that we are happy to let live here. Do you have any suggestions? I have Havahart rat traps, electric RatTrappers, box mouse traps & snap traps all setup around the property.

Sioux County Nevada

Expert Response

It sounds like you are doing a good job and have many natural predators. It is a great year for rodents and insects. I wish I could provide you with something different and extremely successful, but the only thing I can see you don't list is barn cats to help with the rodents.
Are you having success with the traps is one question. With the area you live in being more rural ranch land I know  populations could be extremely high and you will need to keep up on you trapping throughout the year and for years to make a dent. I have attached a few information sheets that go over habitat modification, predators and even poisoning. I can honestly say living on a ranch we kept several barn cats and also tried to keep all our grains and feeds securely locked up, but we still had mice.

http://icwdm.org/handbook/rodents/ro_b47.pdf

http://icwdm.org/handbook/rodents/ro_b177.pdf

http://icwdm.org/handbook/rodents/ro_b133.pdf
Wendy Hanson Mazet Replied August 05, 2016, 5:49 PM EDT
Thank you for your response. I wish you had a magic solution for me. I have avoided the barn cats because they kill so many birds & actually keep away the snakes. I would probably be willing to live with the rodents as well but we have just had to replace the timing belt on our Toyota Avalon for the third time this summer due to mice getting into it.


The Question Asker Replied August 05, 2016, 6:14 PM EDT
One other suggestion would be try an ultra sonic devise. They are not scientifically proven by a university to my knowledge, but I have heard clientele, especially ones with chickens say some have worked. If there is a money back guarantee it might be worth trying. The battery powered are normally stronger than the solar, but you never know until you try.
Wendy Hanson Mazet Replied August 05, 2016, 7:26 PM EDT

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