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Were you aware that mice and rats can seriously threaten your cannabis crop? Yes, they do, even when you are growing weed indoors. You can experience so much infestation from rodents; it could become a nightmare for you.
We have included several tips and tricks to keep your weed garden free of rodents. They are just waiting for the chance and the environment to make their claim. That is why it is important to do what you can to keep them away from your cannabis crop.
How to Stop the Threat of Rodents on Your Cannabis Crop
Mice and Rats
If you are to think about all the types of pests in the world, mice and rats are the worst to possibly infest the cannabis crop you are trying to grow successfully, whether outdoors or indoors. These rodents have the ability to infest your cannabis crop in no time.
They are dangerous and you have to be prepared to get rid of them before the infestation begins. However, there are things you can do before they attack your crop to start chewing away on your marijuana plants.
Know your Rodents
The first thing is to know the kind of rodents you are dealing with. The black rat, for example, is the one that you should be mindful of. This is the kind of rat that can live almost anywhere around the world. The brown rat also has a global presence and is more annoying than the black rat. Rats can be quite large rodents and can do greater damage than the mice.
There are two types of mice; house and field. So, your cannabis crop can be attacked both outdoors and indoors by mice and rats. More importantly, these species of rodents are like breeding machines and can multiply in thousands within a year.
If you are an indoor grower, visually inspect the area where your cannabis crop is planted. Look for any potential entry points such as holes, air vents and cracks. Pay attention to debris and garbage, which can be quite enticing to welcoming mice and rats. Maintain the environment by keeping it clean. Use silicone sealant to mend any cracks. Use a little cement to fix holes. And use mesh grills to provide protection for your air vents.
To avoid pest infestation, be sure to maintain proper disposal of waste. On the outside, it is not as easy to monitor pest infestation since climate and other natural conditions dictate the risks associated with pest infestation. Therefore, it is your responsibility to nurture and maintain the roots from rotting, spider mites and mold.
You also have to keep rodents away from your cannabis crop by possibly putting a mesh around it, building a high wall and clearing away bushes or undergrowth to discourage them. Scan the area for any rodent droppings or nibbling on your marijuana plants so you can know if they are present or not.
Pest Control Measures
In the same way that you would hire a pest control firm to come into your home to get rid of rodents, you should do the same for your cannabis crop. Make sure you factor in pest control management into your cannabis growing plan.
It is best to work at preventing this issue rather than wait until it happens to you. It is going to be harder to contain once those rodents take over your cannabis crop. If you don't have the budget to hire a firm, the next best thing is to set poisons and traps.
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