A rodent fence is a barrier created to keep away rodents or prevent them from entering where they are unwanted such as in your garden or for your dog. These fences can be attached to a normal fence or made separately. In some cases, the fence is sunk into the ground to prevent the entry of rodents that gnaw under the soil.
The material underground should be hard enough as a light material can be breached by some burrowing rodents.
When to Put a Fence
Installing a rodent fence means an additional cost to your farm. Most people are usually reluctant to buy a rodent fence until they see rodents intruding on their farm or yard. This means that their existing fence is not effective enough and thus requires an additional fence.
For example, dog fences may be used to prevent your dogs from straying but could be allowing small rodents such as rabbits into the compound. In such a case, a rodent fence will be mandatory. Most rodent fences are fairly easy to construct, and you can even do it yourself!
Factors to Consider when Installing a Rodent Fence
Rodents are not like domestic animals. They require special consideration while choosing the best fence. Rodents come in different sizes and types, hence not all of them can be served by the same fence. Small rats will require a tight fence with small or no spaces, while larger ones can easily be controlled using chicken wire.
Some rodents have tough teeth that can chew on the fence material. In such cases, you should consider using tough fence material that is not chewable. Materials such as wood will be easily chewed as opposed to wires.
You can also use an electric fence to prevent chewing; however, the electric shock should only be strong enough to propel the rodents and not kill them. Remember, you might also have your animals in the yard which can also come into contact with the fence.
There are some rodents such as moles that burrows deep into the ground and can easily get in your yard using an underground passage. Such animals require an underground fence. The fence should be extended for a minimum of 6 inches from the ground. Some rodents may burrow at considerable levels under the ground.
In such cases, you should consider extending your fence to the ground to a level that will not allow the entry of such rodents. The material used should not be chewable as well. For that, we recommend using steel as the material for constructing an underground fence.
A rodent fence is not always a requirement for your home or yard, but if you notice rodents in your area, it will be the time to consider constructing a barrier. Nevertheless, a rodent fence is always a good preventive measure to protect your garden.
Rodents may come unexpectedly and damage your crops. In this case, other forms of fences such as dog fences will not be helpful, and a rodent fence will best serve you when it comes to curbing rodent population in your property.