Although rodents are often characterized as an inner-city problem, these harmful pests will congregate in any location that has a significant human presence. Mice and rats are more than just a frustrating annoyance; they are destructive carriers of infectious disease. Many homeowners assume that these creatures are only attracted to properties that have overgrown yards or scattered rubbish. However, the presence of bird feeders, unsealed pet dishes, uncovered garbage bins, or even fallen tree fruit can cause rodents to view your home as an easy meal ticket. Once these animals uncover a food source, they will then seek nearby shelter. Woodpiles or unsecured storage sheds serve as prime rodent accommodations. These pests also enter homes through gaps around vents, chimneys, or utility line connection points. Because of their exceptionally strong burrowing skills, these organisms have the ability to pass through holes that are smaller in diameter than a quarter!
The Department of Public Works encourages all home and business owners to follow the prevention strategies outlined in the PDF document below. If you have sighted rodents encroaching upon your property, Brentwood Borough offers a free-of-charge baiting service. Just complete the Request for Rodent Baiting below, and a friendly DPW employee will place an effective rodenticide on the premises.