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Rodent Proofing Your Property

The Oak Park Department of Public Health suggests resident take the following steps to prevent rodent infestations:

  • Properly seal building openings - Rodents can enter through any space larger than than ¼-inch. Pay special attention to fascia boards, vents and any cracks or gaps along the building foundation.
     
  • Pest proof doors - Use a brush strip or compression seal  to prevent any gaps more than ¼-inch through which rodents can enter.
     
  • Remove interior clutter - Rodents are attracted to areas that have little or no airflow, and protect them from predators. Store all products in a neat orderly fashion at least 12 inches off the ground and 18 inches from the exterior wall.
     
  • Manage refuse containers - Trash containers provide the most common food source for rats. Containers need to be large enough to prevent overflow and in good repair to keep rodents out. Keep lids and drain plugs closed. Be sure to bag food trash and place the bags gently into the container to keep the bags intact. Keep the container as far as possible away from the building exterior.
     
  • Remove exterior clutter - Rodents burrow in loose rubbish that provides them with protection from predators. Move equipment and firewood away from the structure and store properly off the ground and away from the structure. Remove windblown trash and spillage from the fence line and from the building foundation.
     
  • Alter landscaping - Mice and rats like heavy vegetation that provides food, water and protection from predators. Keep vegetation and weeds at least two feet from the structure. Avoid low-lying plants and creeping bushes, and keep the grass cut.

For more information and answers to questions about rodent control, call 708.358.5480 or email health@oak-park.us.