Posted on: 27 September 2022Share
Livestock feed spills and the settling of structural materials can lead to a mice infestation within your barn. If you own a tract of land that is adjacent to where you house your livestock, use the following guidelines to control a mouse issue.
Cleanliness And Storage
Inadequate cleaning strategies are often a contributing factor to a mice infestation. Spilled livestock feed and open containers of grain and other dietary staples can attract mice to your barn.
Placing items inside sealable storage containers that are constructed of plastic or metal will prevent mice from being able to smell the food that your livestock will be consuming. If your barn contains an upper level, store all of the food products there. A cleaning routine should involve swapping out old hay for new hay on a routine basis and tidying up porous and nonporous interior surfaces that your livestock come into contact with.
Erosion may cause a structure to settle. This can lead to small gaps forming in a foundation or walls. These types of issues can be a primary reason why mice seek refuge within a structure. Assessing your barn, both while walking around the outside of the barn and the inside, will aid with locating small openings that mice can squeeze through.
If you have a garden growing on your land, ensuring that the fencing that surrounds it is in decent shape should be performed. Cleaning and sealing wooden components and installing weatherstripping and caulk to surfaces where gaps are present will curb mice from entering areas that are off limits.
Bait Stations And Overgrowth
Bait stations that are placed around the perimeter of your barn may prevent an abundance of mice from entering the structure. If your home is within close proximity to the barn, placing bait stations around your residence will prevent an infestation from spreading to the inside of your house. Mow your lawn and trim dangling branches and other forms of overgrowth.
Many bait station products that are designed to control mice populations contain chemicals. Bait stations that contain toxic ingredients should not be placed on property that your livestock will have access to. Bait stations should be slightly spaced out. Several feet should remain between each pair of bait products. You will need to check the stations each day and dispose of any mice that you have captured. Replenishing the bait stations should be addressed as needed.
For more information on mice control, contact a professional near you.