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Rodent Control
Rodent Control Program
The main goals of the Rodent Control Program are to implement ongoing community surveys, complaint investigations, public education; enforce local ordinances related to rodent activity, and work toward the abatement of rodent infestations when public health is seriously threatened.

Rodent Prevention
  • Don't provide food for rodents - Don't leave food for pets out overnight - feed them only what they will eat within a few minutes. Store pet foods and grains in galvanized trash cans with tight fitting lids. Keep garbage in tightly covered metal or heavy plastic containers.
  • Don't provide shelter near your home - Cut grass, brush, and thick bushes within 100 feet of your home. Get rid of trash, abandoned vehicles, discarded appliances, and junk. Store lumber and firewood in neat stacks at least 18 inches off the ground and as far from the house as possible.
  • Keep rodents out of your home - Make sure doors and windows fit tightly and are screened. Close other holes through walls. Tightly seal openings around pipes and wires where they go through walls. Rats can get through very small openings.

For additional information, please contact the Vector Control Program at (901) 222-9715 or the Rodent Control Program at (901) 222-9725. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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