Keeping Rodents Out of Your Feed Room

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Mice And Rats Are Drawn To Our Feed And Tack Rooms Because They Provide An Ample Source Of Food And Bedding

Equine nutritionist, Clair Thunes, PhD recently published an article in The Horse that is filled with great advice to help limit the spread of disease.

For every rat or mouse you see, there are 25 more not far away

Key Points:

  • Keep all feed not in horse feeders or actively being eaten out of in rodent-proof containers such as metal trashcans with secured lids.
  • Check sacks of feed for holes when purchased. These holes will provide easy access into the food for the rodents, so they will be able to eat as much as they need.
  • Be diligent about sweeping up any dropped feed. If it’s left on the floor, rodents could easily eat it and return for more food.
  • A good (vaccinated) barn cat is your friend. A good terrier or other rat catching dog will also let you know when and where you have rodents. They can chase them away.

  • Set traps along walls were rodents often run as well as near holes (be careful to not put them in places where pets or children might set them off).

She advises against the use of poison because you can’t be sure where poison will end up. Just as poison isn’t good for horses, it’s also not good for rodents. Whilst rodents can be irritating and can get into different bags of feed, they should still be removed humanely. Just as you would rid your home of rats by using a pest control company, horse owners could also consider calling out their local pest company to come and remove any rodents that may be nesting around your stables. They should then be able to apply some preventative methods to try and stop them from returning. This is one of the safest methods. Where possible, poison shouldn’t be used as it can hurt the rodents and could also end up in the horse’s feed. It’s much safer to contact a reliable pest company instead. A company you could contact, which is one of the best pest control companies in the city of Toronto, is GTA Toronto Pest Control, who provides eco-friendly and low-cost pest control that could aid in getting rid of rodents from your home. Hopefully, this will help you to see a decrease in the number of rodents in your feed room.

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