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Rodent Control

Rodent and vector infestation can be destructive, a nuisance, and a public health hazard. The Mecklenburg County Environmental Health maintains a program to control and prevent these public health problems.

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Ten Tips for Rodent Control

  • Store garbage in metal or heavy plastic containers with tight lids.
  • Place trash outside shortly before pickup; don't leave plastic garbage bags out overnight.
  • Remove weeds and debris near buildings and in yards; don't give rats a place to hide.
  • Store opened food in metal or glass containers with tight lids.
  • Don't leave extra pet food out; store it in a secure container.
  • Sweep up food remains, litter, and trash inside and outside your home.
  • Inspect your basement and house for cracks and holes; seal them with mortar.
  • Make sure you have screens on windows; inspect windows and screens for holes.
  • Keep outside doors closed; use metal trim to prevent rodents from gnawing and entering underneath.
  • Don't provide hiding places for rodents; store materials such as lumber and boxes on a rack with a clean, open area underneath. Get rid of unused materials and junk.


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