There are few things as unpleasant as dealing with rats and mice invading your home. If this is a problem for you, then we can definitely help out with our expert rodent control service.
If you’ve gotten rid of the rats and mice and want to prevent rodent infestations from occurring again – or from preventing them happening in the first place – there are a number of things that you can do. Being proactive can help keep your home safe and hygienic, plus it can save you from dealing with the stress, panic and expense of dealing with a rodent infestation.
Seal Up Your Home
It might sound a bit obvious when we say it, but the easiest way to stop rats and mice from becoming a problem is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place.
Check inside and outside your home for gaps and holes and make sure that they’re properly sealed (there are numerous types of filler and sealant available at your local hardware store). This will make it much easier for any rodent infestation to enter your home and spread easily.
Remember, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a 5c piece, so make sure you do a thorough job of inspecting and sealing!
Possible places for gaps and holes outside your home:
– Around windows
– Around doors
– In the roof among the eaves, gables and rafters.
– Around the foundations
– Attic and crawl space vents
– Under doors
– Around holes for plumbing, electrical and gas lines.
Possible places for gaps and holes inside your home:
– Around the fireplace
– Around doors
– Around the pipes under your sink
– Between the floor and wall juncture
– Around floor vents and dryer vents
– Inside, under and behind kitchen cabinets, fridges and stoves
Clean Up Your Home
Having a clean, tidy and orderly home will help to greatly minimise your risk of rodent infestation by eliminating possible food sources and nesting sites.
Getting rid of rubbish (like old tyres), tidying and elevating debris like wood piles and keeping grass and shrubbery near the home well trimmed will help to eliminate nesting sites.
It’s also important to make sure that nothing is touching the external areas of your roof – keep an eye on things like trees, lattice or other small structures. Anything that bridges the fenceline or ground and the roof can be used by rats and mice to climb onto your roof and into your home.
Eliminating possible food sources is also hugely important. This can be achieved by:
– Keeping all food in thick plastic or metal containers.
– Cleaning up spilled food immediately
– Washing your dishes and utensils straight after use
– Putting away pet food after use and not leaving it out overnight.
– Buying a thick plastic or metal garbage gin with a tight lid
– Keeping compost bins away from the house
– Disposing of your rubbish on a regular basis.
– Traps: Your Last Line Of Defence
No matter how well you seal your home and eliminate all possible food sources and nesting sites, chances are that rats and mice will eventually make their way inside your home. They’re determined little so-and-sos after all!
Having some traps in place will help to ensure that any rodents that do breach your defences are dealt with quickly before they have a chance to breed and become a full-blown infestation.
Most hardware stores have a range of different traps for rats and mice, so have a browse and do a bit of research to work out which ones are best for you and your home. Once they’re in place, remember to check them at regular intervals and replace the bait as needed.
We’re Here To Save The Day
All of the advice we’ve mentioned is great at preventing a rodent infestation, but what if you wake up one day and discover that your house is riddled with rats and mice?
The important thing is not to panic and to call us on 08 9444 9562 as soon as you possibly can. Our trained pest control experts can quickly get on top of the problem and have your house rodent-free as soon as possible.
Get a free online quote from us today!