During the cooler months of the year many pests go in search of warmth, food and shelter. Those most likely to do so are rats and mice and an ideal place for food and shelter may be your home. Rodents may find shelter in wall cavities, roof spaces, basements or attics. Not only can rodents carry diseases into your home but they are also likely to cause damage to wiring and building structures. Here are 5 signs to look for if you think you have a rodent infestation.
Signs that you may have a rodent infestation
1. Holes chewed in floors or thin walls that may be entry points for rodents.
2. Nesting materials used by rodents to make their nests, such as paper, fabric or twigs.
3. Rodent droppings around food especially in the kitchen under sinks or in draws.
4. Stale or rotting smells coming from hidden areas may be a sign of a rodent nest.
5. Noises coming from walls or beneath floorboards such as scratching sounds during the night.
Tips to protect your home this winter
1. Seal any entry points
o Rodents can squeeze through even the smallest of gaps. Be sure to inspect any openings you may have outside and fill them in with silicone or plaster. Another great tip is to add steel wool to any gaps before sealing them, as this can deter any rodents who manage to gnaw through.
2. Keep your food sealed
o Food left out on counter tops or food that is not stored in airtight containers may be unknowingly inviting rodents into your home.
o Be sure to keep your bench tops and tables clean of any open food or crumbs that may have fallen. Keep all food stored in airtight containers. Another important thing to do is to make sure your pet’s food is not kept overnight as this may also attract rodents.
3. Clear the clutter
o Storage areas such as basements or attics can be ideal hiding spots for rodents to create their nests. Especially if these areas are cluttered with boxes and other objects it may be harder to spot the rodents. Be sure to clear away all unwanted clutter from spaces to keep these rodents away.
If you think you may have a problem with rodents or would like some advice be sure to call us on 0423 698 894 to speak to an experienced technician today.