Rodent prevention hints & tips

13 Jul. 2020

Winter is in full swing and the mice are coming into play!

The cooler weather leaves many pests looking for a safe, warm place to spend the winter months, and your home provides them with plenty opportunities. Roof spaces, garages and stored items in around your home provide warmth, shelter and a great hiding place for many of Perth’s common pests.

Rodents in particular like to exploit these areas during the winter months and can quickly become an unwanted house guest.

Throughout history rodents have been a well-known transmitter of disease and are thought to be responsible for more deaths than all the World Wars. Diseases from rodents can be easily spread to humans through bites, scratches, contaminated food, furniture, air and even via rodent-hosted fleas, ticks and mites.

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Though it’s not just the risk of disease that makes these pests an unwanted house guest. It is estimated that rodents are also responsible for 20-25% of all fires of unknown causes due to their tendency for chewing electrical wiring and gas lines.

There are a few things you can do to prevent these furry creatures from finding shelter in your home:

  1. Seal Entry Points
    To effectively keep rats & mice out of your home, it’s important to seal off any place that makes it possible for them to gain entry. Rodents are extremely skilled at squeezing through very small gaps. A good rule of thumb to follow is to close off any opening larger than ¼-inch. Check window screens for any tears and repair them. Seal any cracks in walls and foundations and fill gaps in doors and around pipes entering your home.
     
  2. Maintain your gardens
    Trim any branches that hang close to your house as they could provide rats and mice with easy access to your roof. Tidy up any overgrown vegetation and remove weeds and leaf piles to ensure rodents have fewer hiding places.
     
  3. Keeping food areas clean and food stored in sealed containers
    Rodents are always on the lookout for a source of food. Therefore keeping surfaces clear of food, regular sweeping / vacuuming of food preparation areas, monitoring for crumbs under counters, the fridge, and other appliances is key. In addition, ensure all of your food is stored in sealed containers to prevent easy access.

    Don’t forget about the dog and cat food too - pet food should also be kept sealed just as you do with your family’s food.
     
  4. Elevate Firewood
    Firewood stockpiles make the perfect hideout for rodents. Therefore it is recommended to elevate your logs at least 18 inches off the ground and to store it away from your house.
     
  5. Declutter your home
    Mice and rats thrive in areas with clutter, which provide plenty of convenient hiding spots – especially in parts of the home that don’t serve as primary living space such as roof spaces, sheds and garages. Some quick tidying can make these areas less tempting. Start by clearing out stacks of cupboard and other junk. Boxes clustered together can also be inviting, so make sure your stored items are organised and elevated off the ground.
     
  6. Call in pest professional
    If all else fails then contact a pest control company for further help and advice. In WA Termico Pest Management has been working to keep homes around Perth pest free for over 24 years and are the RAC only pest management partner offering amazing offers to RAC members.

Need help getting rid of rodents from your home?

Give Termico Pest Management a call today on 08 9443 9451.

Pest Control discounts available for existing Termico Pest Management customers and RAC members can also save 15% on rodent pest management treatments.

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