Rodent Awareness

Rodents are a top pest concern for Shelby County residents. Rodents, including several species of rats and mice, live in our natural environment. They can nest and breed in or near human residences, if they are given sources of food and shelter. 

The Shelby County Health Department’s Vector Control Program addresses outdoor rat infestations in Shelby County. Our Vector Control environmentalists often find that residents unknowingly create conditions that attract rodents. Eliminating those conditions is key to eliminating the infestation. Rodents are looking for places to live and sources of food. Make sure you’re not inviting these vectors to set up housekeeping around your home. 

  • Keep yards free of rodent nesting sites:
    • Clean up trash and debris
    • Keep grass cut
    • Eliminate piles of wood or building supplies
    • Elevating stored items and woodpiles off the ground helps keep rodents out. 
  • Don’t provide rodents with food: 
    • Never leave pet food in your yard or garage. 
    • Keep garbage and food scraps in cans with tightly-fitting lids. 
    • Clean up spilled bird seed, fallen fruits, vegetables and nuts. Keep grills clean and wipe up spills under the grill. 
    • Pick up pet droppings regularly – rodents view them as a source of food.
  • Inspect your property regularly for signs of rodent activity, including burrows, gnaw holes, and rodent droppings.

 Shelby County Vector Control specifically responds to outdoor rodent infestations. To report rodent activity, email Vector Control at vector.control@shelbycountytn.gov or call (901) 222-9725, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.