Mice and rats can cause real damage in your barn, and in the wintertime you may need to take extra measures to keep these pests at bay.
Rats and mice are unwelcome in barns and outbuildings at any time of year, but they can be a bigger problem in winter when large numbers may seek refuge from the cold. Rodents can contaminate your feed, nest in your hay and damage leather tack, stored blankets and other goods. Even worse, mice that chew through the insulation on your wiring can cause barn fires.
You may not be able to make your barn completely rodent-proof, but you can take steps to keep their numbers under control: 1. Seal holes and entryways. Mice can squeeze through holes as small as a quarter inch across. Inspect the exterior of your barn, looking for cracks and holes. Small openings---such as gaps around window frames or holes drilled to install wiring and plumbing---can be