If you have a full set of green fingers – not just the thumbs – you may enjoy spending a lot of time outside tending to your garden. However, if you grow number of plants, particularly if you keep vegetables and fruits, there may come a day where you spot a few rodents in your garden.
Garden rodents aren’t just limited to mice, but rats and voles may come to gnaw on your hard work as well. While, at first, you might not mind sharing the fruits of your labor with a few outdoor critters, but rodents can be destructive to your garden. Furthermore, a rodent outside your house can just as easily become a less desirable rodent living inside your house. This is why they need to be dealt with.
Signs of Rodents in the Garden
You might not always spot the creature itself in your garden, but there will always be signs they have been there. Signs of rodents include:
- Burrows – If there is a relatively undisturbed area near the food, a rodent may create a burrow. These can be six to nine centimeters in diameter. In the case of voles, these may instead lead to shallow tunnels.
- Pathing – Rodents are relatively unimaginative creatures. They use the same path each and every time they travel to food, this means it will wear down a small trail that you can spot.
- Packaging Damage – If there is torn paper or plastic in your garden or storage area, it means rodents are preparing nesting material. Unless you want more in the future, you need to track them down quickly.
- Scattered Fruit – If you are growing fruit like berries, you may notice some small bits of berries scattered around the area. Rodents may not eat all of what they pillage and what they leave behind can be evidence.
Getting Rid of Garden Rodents
If you want to make sure they are gone and not moving into your house, you will want to contact a professional pest control expert. They can make sure rodents are out and help you keep them away.
In order to prevent rodents from coming back, your pest control expert may point out small areas where rodents can get into sheds or homes to nest. You will want to seal these areas up. Furthermore, they will recommend cleaning up any areas prone for rodent living such as piles of grass clippings, overgrown areas, or wood piles. Finally, they will advise keeping any bird food off the ground and making sure food waste, such as garbage cans or compost piles, are kept covered.