Rodent Control Tips
The City of McKinney does not exterminate or treat for rodents. The city cannot apply pesticides or rodenticides to private property. There is a potential risk to domestic animals and pets by applying these toxins to private property. Placing baits or traps in public areas would only cause the rats to move to private property.
Homeowners should consult with a Licensed Pest Control Company about treatment of private property. The City of McKinney Code Enforcement Department will investigate any potential area that could be contributing to rodent harborage.
Recommendations for property owners that may have a rodent issue.
Signs of Rodent Infestation
- Droppings along walls or in cabinets and drawers.
- Gnaw marks where the rodents have entered the residence or have found access to food.
- Greasy smudge marks where rodents have entered the residence or rubbed along beams, pipes, rafters or walls.
- Remnants of nests when moving old boxes, yard debris or junk.
- Burrows dug in the landscaping or under the foundation.
- Sounds such as gnawing, clawing, climbing in walls and squeaks.
Rodent-proof Your Home
- Seal all holes, cracks and entryways around pipes, cables and wires with course steel wool or wire screen that the rodents cannot chew through. Holes as small as 1/4 inch will allow entry into a building. Concrete may be used to prevent rodents from burrowing under the foundation.
- Ensure all doors, windows and screens fit tightly. Repair or replace any damaged screens. Garage doors may be sealed using weather stripping.
- Cover the gnawed edges of entryways with sheet metal to prevent further chewing.
- Keep inside doors to the garage and pet doors closed at night.
- Use self closing exits on clothes dryer vents to the outside.
- Do not forget to check roof and eaves areas and to repair or replace vent screens.
- Remove trash and yard debris frequently to eliminate possible nesting areas.
- Keep grass and landscaping trimmed and away from the house.
- Do not leave pet food out. Feed only the amount your pet will finish.
- Remove dog waste daily.
- Repair water leaks or drips. Remove accidental sources of water.
- Use trash containers with secure lids.
- Keep pet food sealed and stored in rodent proof containers.
- Store boxes, firewood and equipment off the ground at least 18 inches and away from walls.