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Guess who's coming to dinner? Not these rats if you use our rodent-proof storage tips.
We all want peaceful coexistence with mice.
We also want them to stay outdoors, not in our pantries and garages. Two good reasons for that:
1. We want our seeds left just the way we stored them—not gnawed on.
2. Mice, cute as they can look, are also vectors for some pretty nasty diseases like Hantavirus and bubonic plague (plague isn’t just in Monty Python skits, it’s still around). Rats aren’t widely considered cute (unless you had pet rats in your childhood) so it’s easier to think of them—and all wild rodents, including squirrels and chipmunks—as potential disease vectors. Squirrels in the Los Angeles area were recently identified as bubonic plague vectors.
In our new video Tricia shows how she keeps mice and rats from getting into her house or stripping the produce from her garden.
One of the first strategies in Integrated Pest Management is prevention.
For prevention you can use mechanical barriers, or the stinky ready-to-spray Ro-pel, to turn rodents away. Spray Ro-pel on the wood of your raised beds as a rodent deterrent.
Rodents have strong teeth but metal and glass mechanical barriers typically stop them. Store your seed packs securely in metal seed tins.
There’s a sad story here at Peaceful Valley about a family that stored seed packs in a basket in the garage for many years with no trouble—and then one winter the mice devastated the seed collection. What had happened? The family cat had died and was no longer standing guard over the basket.
For storage with greater capacity use our Le Parfait glass jars with rubber gaskets.
Tricia gives more details on storing seeds (and suggests a refrigerator as the ultimate storage container) in another video of ours.
Compost heaps can attract rodents too.
A compost pile is not meant to be a neighborhood gathering spot for rodents. Foil rodents by composting in our ventilated 10 gallon Locking Galvanized Steel Can. Turn the compost in a closed container often with an aerator or fork to maximize oxygen as the wastes break down.
For more information about rodent control, see our range of products from barriers to fatal solutions. How far you want to go in controlling rodents is up to you.
Lead photo courtesy of Rat Pack.
Karen D'Amato Says:
Sep 6th, 2013 at 8:31 pm
My rodent control happens to be my two organic cats!
Wendy Silberbauer Says:
Sep 7th, 2013 at 11:23 pm
We have field mice, voles & pocket gophers. The dogs & chickens catch some, but not enough. We have an acre, and in some areas, the ground sinks under our feet if it gets wet due to the number of intersecting tunnels.
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 10th, 2013 at 3:42 pm
Karen, Yes, the natural predator solution can work very well! Glad your cats are organic
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 10th, 2013 at 3:46 pm
Wendy, That sinking feeling is not a good one! Some people have luck attracting Barn Owls with owl houses to buy http://www.groworganic.com/barn-owl-house.html or build http://www.groworganic.com/songbird-bat-and-owl-boxes.html
patti mincher Says:
Nov 6th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
l am trying to find a way to get a pesty mouse out
Stephanie Brown Says:
Dec 20th, 2013 at 9:57 am
Patti, the fastest way to move out the mouse is to cut off their food supply, and seal up any entry points they might be using to get into the house.
Fran Ransley Says:
Nov 5th, 2014 at 7:07 pm
I have a problem similar to Wendy’s. The mice do not get in the house, nor do I ever see them out in the open where owls and snakes (in the warm months) can get them. The problem is in the chicken houses, hay barn and garage where the predators can’t get in. The old cat that was a good hunter died last year. My dogs liked her, but they have run off the neighbors’ cats when they try to hunt around the property. I could place the Agrid cholicalciferol (sp?) bait inside the chicken coops in large wire cages where the mice would be able to reach it but the chickens (and the dogs) can’t. Is it possible to buy it in smaller amounts than the 4# bucket?
Suzanne at Peaceful Valley Says:
Nov 7th, 2014 at 12:40 pm
We do not sell the Agrid in smaller amounts. Have you considered traps? We sell these awesome traps, the Jawz, for mice and large rats or voles. Here in our nursery we have terrible vole problem (they are like mice on steroids). We have used these traps and have successfully gotten rid of our problem. You don’t have to use poison and the traps don’t need bait and are easy to set. Check our website, I have posted a picture of our successful catch.
A new cat also seems in order too!