The Importance of Rodent Control should Not be Underestimated
In one year a rat deposits 25,000 droppings, a mouse 17,000. Even a small population of these rodents may severely contaminate feed supplies. Flies are also a frequent carrier of disease and have been shown to travel up to 1½ km from farm to farm.
Implement a pest control program; wild birds and rodents may carry infectious disease or contaminate feed supplies.
- Develop a barn sanitation protocol;
- Screen all ventilation inlets and exhausts;
- Screen ledges which could be used as nesting sites;
- Clean up feed spills;
- Maintain bait stations including records of locations and bait consumption;
- Minimize vegetation and debris around facilities including stagnant pools of water; and
- Maintain a minimum 1 metre apron of crushed stone/gravel around the perimeter of barns to deter rodents.