Island Rodent Management
Roof rats ( Rattus rattus ) are an invasive species that have established a population on Bald Head Island, NC. These rats have caused thousands of dollars of damage to homes and businesses. Residents fear that the non-native species will continue to cause damage to buildings and homes. Further, they have concerns about human health, deleterious impacts to tourism, and impacts to wildlife.
Click here for our fact sheet regarding rodent management strategies on BHI and how you can protect your home. Want to help your renters remember to seal their trash at night so no critters get inside? Stop by our Turtle Central Gift Shop for a free sticker to adhere to your trashcan.
Protecting Your Home
Protecting Your Home
- Professional home inspection and sealing is best way to protect home from rodent invasion
- Monthly inspections are warranted if home unoccupied for extended periods
- Seal trash cans tightly
- Notify renters of importance of trash can sealing
- Trim trees around home perimeter to reduce home access paths for rodents
- Reduce woodpile and debris clutter around home to eliminate rodent nests
- Remove bird feeder if rats noticed on property
- Keep native plants and habitats around home to promote predator space
- Unfortunately, roof rats are impossible to eradicate from BHI
- Rats are not direct health threats for BHI residents as of now, but DO NOT HANDLE rodent droppings or dead rats without proper gear (gloves) and proper cleanup (wash hands and equipment thoroughly)
- Rats eat plants, insects, bird eggs, and sea turtle hatchlings
- Trash attracts rats, and bait stations ineffective if garbage in vicinity
- Some rodenticides have been linked to health threats for higher predators due to bioaccumulation. Careful consideration of rodenticide chemicals is strongly advised. Organizations with relevant rodenticide information include Fish and Wildlife Service, US EPA, and National Pesticide Information Center.
- All pesticides should be handled with care. The state of North Carolina requires the following label information for pesticides: manufacturer’s brand name, percent active ingredient, EPA registration number, signal work, and use classification.
- Poison baits should be kept in locked storage and clearly marked as follows: poison identification (skull and crossbones), ‘POISON’ label of at least 1 inch, name and address of poison licensee, and the company of licensee.
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