As the cooler months draw closer and the glorious Queensland heat subsides, it’s the time of year where we find rodents relocating to the inner sanctums of our homes to keep their families warm. Rats and mice are notorious for multiplying rapidly, therefore if the appropriate rodent control is not put in place quickly, an infestation can very suddenly get out of hand.
It is not just their unpleasant smell or the surprise droppings they leave around the home that makes them so unwelcome. Rodents carry diseases around in their hair, urine and faeces, which can easily contaminate the home and spread to humans and pets.
To stop nasty rodents from quickly dominating your space, it is crucial to stay on top of rodent control by taking immediate action.
First things first – if you are aware of any openings where rodents could potentially enter your home, close off all entry points. Unsealed holes in walls and overhanging tree branches make for easy access, so remember to tackle these areas too.
For optimal rodent control, try to keep all waste in the home to a minimum and eliminate any factors that could lure rodents in. Some of the common attractants include uneaten pet food, un-emptied bins and food crumbs, so always keep leftover food stored away in sealed containers and ensure rubbish bins are taken out regularly.
Appealing environments around the home can also attract rodents into your house. Pet homes and animal habitats such as birdcages and chicken pens (both yours and your neighbours) can act as rodent magnets, so ensure these are well kept, frequently cleaned and checked for signs of rodents regularly.
You should assess which species of rodent you are dealing with prior to tackling the infestation. You can visit our rats and mice information page to help you identify your unwanted pest.
As much as you may not like unwanted rodents lurking around your home, it is important to rid of them as humanely as possible. If you choose to use a rat bait treatment, it is essential to first consider your housing situation thoroughly. Loose rat baits must ALWAYS be kept well out of reach from small children and pets. If a rat bait treatment is required in an accessible area, ensure they are safeguarded by rodent bait stations, which allows only the rat or mouse to access the bait.
We recommend speaking with one of our professional licensed pest controllers prior to introducing a new rodent control method. Our team will ensure you have identified the right pest and that the correct treatment is dispensed safely. Our specialists will ensure rodents are eliminated in your home in the most fast, safe, efficient way possible, as well as put preventatives in place to ensure they do not return. We always take your living situation into strong consideration and can offer advice on how to prevent additional infestations.
Don’t delay! If you have noticed signs of rodents in your home, contact The Pest Bully team today on 1300 701 401.