Rodent Control SOPDOWNLOAD FILE
• To maintain a high level of good health in your herd, you must use various biosecurity practices to prevent the introduction or spread of disease. One area of biosecurity you should address is the rodent control methods your farm uses.
• For this protocol, rodent control includes rats, mice, wildlife, birds, and other pests.
•A sterile zone is a 3-foot perimeter surrounding the barn free of weeds, debris, and pools of water. This area acts as a deterrent for pests and rodents.
Put a routine baiting program into place to help control rodents.
» Rodent control methods include bait stations, traps, (see figures 1 and 2) and poison. Stations provide a fixed location where rodents can consume bait without other animals having access to bait packets or cubes.
» Keep a map documenting the locations of the bait stations.
» Check stations monthly for bait usage.
• If the bait is completely gone on a monthly basis, check bait stations bi-weekly to make sure that proper rodent control is completed.
• Store all feed in rodent proof bins and feeders.
• Promptly clean up all feed spills.
• Properly maintain the barn, repairing all holes and gaps.