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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Pest Control Information

The City has recently received concerns regarding increase in rodent population on private property throughout the City. The City contacted the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to inquire about weather not they had received reports of rodents within our area. The Cooperative Extension reported that they have not received an unusual number of inquiries, but noted that rodent populations are dependent on food sources. If there is an increase in numbers, it usually means an available food source. Sometimes this can be from livestock operations (waste feed, spilled grain and sometimes manure) and sometimes it can be just a sanitation issue around homes and garages. They recommended that anyone having issues with rodents contact their Waldo County Office (1-800-287-1426) to report it, but also so that they can respond to homeowners’ requests for rodent control options.

The City also contacted a local mid-coast pest control company, who has worked in Belfast recently, to inquire whether or not they had seen an increase. They reported that they have seen an increase in rodent population, not only in Belfast but all along the mid-coast, which they feel is due to an increase in acorn crop in the region over the last couple of years, providing rodents with a plentiful food source. They also recommended that citizens be cautious of placing bird feeders or compost piles in close proximity to their homes.

Some things to keep in mind if you are having issues with rodents on your property:

• Inspect grounds for food sources. Remove edible plants, fallen fruit and nuts, and animal feces.
• Keep lids on trash cans and close dumpsters at night. Cover the drainage holes in dumpsters with wire mesh to keep rodents out.
• Remove debris, lumber piles, firewood, trash, and discarded items to reduce shelter for rodents. Trim all vegetation at least 3 feet from all buildings to decrease cover for rodent runways and prevent hidden access to buildings.
• Break up long stretches of dense vegetation or tall ground cover that allows rodents to travel long distances under cover.
• Rodent proofing involves tightening a structure so that rodents cannot get in. A young rat can squeeze through an opening as small as 1/2-inch. Any opening that a pencil can fit through will admit a mouse. Inspect and seal doors, door sweeps, weather-stripping, cracks, gaps, and other openings where rodents may enter a building.