Reduce Your Risk
how you can help prevent diseases carried by rodents:
Keep your house clean; pay special attention to the kitchen.
Clean your dishes, counters and table immediately after eating.
Keep all food in closed containers.
Cover your garbage cans with tight-fitting lids.
Don't leave pet food out overnight.
Set mousetraps near your baseboards; use both the spring loading
traps and covered bait traps with rodent poison approved by the
EPA. Read the labels carefully before use.
If you know you have mice in your house, take steps to kill
fleas before setting mouse traps. These include using flea
sprays and powders. Mice often carry fleas that can transmit
infections to people.
Seal all 1/4 inch wide or wider holes inside and outside your
house with lath screen or lath metal, cement, wire screening or
other patching materials.
Clear brush, grass and junk from around house foundations to
eliminate a source of nesting materials.
If you have a wooden, earthen or adobe home use metal flashing
around the base. Install the flashing so that it reaches 12
inches above the ground and 6 inches into the ground.
Elevate hay, woodpiles and garbage cans to eliminate possible
nesting sites. If possible, locate them 100 feet or more from
Use EPA-approved poisons to kill rodents outside, but be sure to
keep them out of the reach of children or pets.
Encourage the presence of natural predators, such as
non-poisonous snakes, owls and hawks.
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