Government of New Brunswick

Damage Prevention and Control Methods


  • Rodent-proof construction will exclude mice from buildings and other structures.
  • Use hardware cloth (1/4-inch [0.6 cm] mesh) or similar materials to exclude mice from garden seed beds.

Habitat Modification

  • Store food items left in cabins or other infrequently used buildings in rodent-proof containers.
  • Store furniture cushions, drawers, and other items in infrequently used buildings in ways that reduce nesting sites.


  • Not effective.


  • Snap traps. Box- (Sherman) type traps. Automatic multiple-catch traps.

Other Methods

  • Alternative feeding: Experiments suggest that application of sunflower seed may significantly reduce consumption of conifer seed in forest reseeding operations, although the tests have not been followed to regeneration.