If you have an aviary, you have no doubt had problems with rodents and vermin in and around your aviary. In the worst case, rats can kill your birds or even scare them away from taking care of their young.
You will be aware of their presence if you notice small mounds of sand and elongated brown granular droppings. If you don’t take action right away, the problem will get worse. The best way to do this is to call pest control specialists, as poisoning them yourself is risky, not only for you and your family, but also for your birds.
Mice can quickly become a serious problem, as where food is freely available, ie bird seed, they will breed and multiply rapidly. Did you know that a single pair can produce more than a hundred offspring a year? If you have a lot of mice, they will destroy your aviary in no time, as they can get between the lining materials on the walls and nest there. They may also find a place on the ground to nest, and if this happens, they will be very difficult to get rid of with poisoning methods or traps, or your birds may be harmed.
A good option is to place a killer trap in their cage enclosure. This is where you come in, but where the birds can’t get to. Mice can usually move freely between the bars of the cage and will be able to access the trap easily. Box traps that catch live mice are more effective and can catch more than a dozen mice over the course of a night. They also have no dangerous components, so you can use them around the aviary without harming your birds.
At first, it will take a few days for the mice to get used to the trap. Put the bait in it to attract them without the lid for a few days until they regularly feed there. Then you can put the lid back on and the mice will be able to get in, but they won’t escape again after they’ve fed.
A cat is another option, but you’ll have to be careful here, as there’s a half chance that your birds will be eaten as well. Before letting a cat into the aviary, remove all the birds. Make sure the cat can’t get close enough to the birds to harm them. If the cat climbs onto the roof of the aviary, it could scare cockatoos and other birds from their nests.