Many people see the odd mouse or rat in and around their home every now and again. It may seem quite harmless at first but this can quickly escalate into a big problem if you do not apply an effective rodent control strategy.
Rodents pose a lot of dangers to people and having them near food is an absolute no-go. If you see signs of rodents in or around your kitchen then you need to act. Rodents can contaminate food.
What makes matters worse is they can find their way into your pantry or cupboard, help themselves to some food and often you will be unaware that they were even there.
This can contaminate food and leave harmful bacteria behind. You need to look out for the telltale signs that there are rodents around your kitchen.
Rodents can also cause a lot of damage. They have very well developed front teeth and can chew through almost anything – including wooden building structures. In many homes they also chew through furniture, wiring and fences.
Here are some important things to look for:
- Droppings – rodent droppings contain a lot of bacteria and are incredibly unhygienic. You will usually see it where they like to feed in the form of small pellets.
- Urine – rodent urine is usually small smear marks left behind on the floor or inside cupboards.
- Chew Marks – rodents can’t help themselves. They have to gnaw on everything and these bite marks will be quite obvious. Most of the time they will create holes so they can access a food source.
- Smears and Track Marks – rodents are filthy animals and they are usually covered in either dirt or food. They often leave traces of this as they walk along walls.
What Are Rodents
Rodent is the biological reference to the warm-blooded mammals that we commonly know as rats and mice. Here in Sydney we have many different species and Australia has one of the richest varieties of rodents in the world.
In urban areas, these rodents tend to find everything they love in abundance and they can range from small deer mice to massive roof rats.
Rodents should never be handled by hand. They bite when confronted and a bite can be very serious. In saying that, they will do everything they can to avoid you – which is why it’s so hard to find them.
The life cycle of most domestic species of rodents is about 4 to 6 months but they can live for up to 1 year. They do however breed quite rapidly which is why a rodent problem can quickly escalate.
How To Get Rid Of Rodents
The first step in addressing a rodent infestation is to identify the culprits. Dealing with common house mice is very different from dealing with big roof rats. A professional pest control specialist will be able to help you with this and apply the appropriate treatment to get rid of your rodent problem.
Once you have a rodent infestation it can be incredibly hard to contain. They are very adaptable and most DIY and domestic solutions simply do not work.
Getting a professional pest control specialist to do an initial assessment can save you both time and money wasted on DIY solutions.
Once they identify the problem, they can apply the appropriate strategy to remove the rodents completely. They can also advise you on taking the appropriate measures to prevent further rodent infestations in the future.
Here are some of the most important tips to keep rodents out of your home and business:
- Food Containers – Keep food containers properly sealed at all times. Open containers will invite rodents into your kitchen. Containers that can be breached easily should be sealed tightly. Once they get a sniff they will simply chew their way through it. Food in pantries and storage units need to be sealed in containers that can’t be breached easily.
- Keep Surfaces Clean – Cleanliness is incredibly important. In a domestic setup you should always clean the kitchen before going to bed. Leaving food lying around at night time is an ideal setup for rodents.
- Entry Points – If rodents made a home in your home then they must have an access point. This is usually small cracks or openings in walls or ceilings. You want to ensure that these entry points are properly sealed off but only after your pest control service removed the rodents.
- Check Your Garage – A favourite hiding place for rodents is inside your garage – and more specifically inside the engine compartment of your car. During the cold months, rodents often seek out the warmth of your car engine and along with that comes a whole heap of problems. The most severe of these is usually wiring that gets bitten through. Be mindful of where you park your car during the daytime as well as they often gain entry and hitch a ride.