Originally Posted by Leahs Mom @oldhenlikesdogs
When we first decided to use the pole barn for winter housing there were 2 things I was extremely concerned about. Rodents was one. Birds flying in and making nests in the rafters was the other.
I am able to set traps in such a way that, at least so far, the rodents haven't gotten out of control.
And the netting has so far prevented "fly-ins" and nest building.
I have donkeys that come and go out the door, so until they are all gone the birds get in. My husband uses a rat trap, a shallow bowl and some corn in it to catch sparrows, and during the warmer months he knocks down all their nests which has cut down on them. He also shoots at the starlings, who will move elsewhere pretty quickly with a few that stick around. We have gone from hundreds to less than a hundred, but it's a constant battle.
We get rats in the fall coming in for the winter, trapping hasn't worked so we put out poison, which works and is temporary, it does make me nervous, but the rats are pretty aggressive in their tunneling and consumption of my feed. And it needs to stop pretty quickly. The traps were originally for the rats but my husband discovered he caught more sky rats with their use.