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Cotton Rat Control

Scientific Name:  Sigmodon hispidus

Other Related Species:

Florida Woodrat

Cotton Mouse


Attributes Is Nocturnal

Control Methods

Habitat Modification

  • till or burn to reduce habitat
  • Exclusion


  • rat snap traps and box traps


  • toxic dry bait; mow, 

Damage 3 to 5-in. runways with grass stacks; eat alfalfa, grains, grasses, vegetables, peanuts, fruit crops

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