Rodents Active in Port Macquarie!
Now that we are in the cooler months, there is one set of unwelcome guests that is waiting to enter a nice warm home to establish itself and raise its family right next to yours. Rodents!
Rodents are opportunist and will try to enter homes. This is because of cooler temperatures and the conditions outside are starting to become less attractive.
Like humans, rodents like to live in warm environments.
Rodents will find their way into homes through small holes and make their way through the wall cavities, often nesting in roof or subfloor voids.
Readily available food and water sources can be the direct reason for rodents establishing colonies within your home.
Rodents are responsible for causing serious damage through gnawing, nibbling and contaminating food products with their droppings and urine.
Their numbers have been known to grow to plague proportions if left untreated in rural areas when conditions are right.
They also cause serious damage to stock in commercial properties, resulting in significant financial loss.
What can be done around your property to control rodents?
There are things around your home that will help make your property less attractive for Rodents to nest.
- Ensure all of your household garbage is in tightly sealed bins which rats and mice cannot access.
This helps to restrict their access to food as much as possible.
Rodents are opportunistic feeders – while they have their preferred food sources, they will still eat almost anything.
- Alter your building so that Rodents cannot gain entry.
Look for access holes that rats can use, such as where pipes enter buildings, gaps under external doors, etc.
Sealing these and other similar points will make it harder for rodents to enter.
Using a gutter guard can also be helpful to stop them entering the roof via the gutters.
- Trim excess trees and shrubs from around the perimeter of structure especially trees that overhang the roof.
This will both take away harbourage areas and make accessing the roof a little bit harder for them.
What can Amalgamated Pest Control do about rodent control?
If we are called to your home because you suspect or know you have a rodent problem, the first thing we will do is conduct a full rodent inspection.
We look at all areas of known activity, internally and externally, including the roof void and the sub-floor. There are several things we’re trying to assess when conducting a rodent inspection.
- What type of rodent is in your home and how many are there?
Knowing the species and estimated population is key to fast control.
Different rodent species have different habits, and if we can have a good estimation of the activity levels we can ensure enough is done to control them fast.
- How are they moving about the premises?
This is key to ensuring that control methods are placed in the right locations. Rodents usually follow the same patterns of travel, knowing those patterns are essential to effective control.
- What are they eating?
Food source is always required by rodents. They’ll usually nest in close proximity to food sources.
That food source could be something in your home or outside your home.
You may or may not be aware of what they’re feeding on.
For effective control, their access to food sources must be removed.
- How are they getting in?
Knowing this is essential for preventing future infestations.
If we control the population in your home now, more may come in later if there’s pressure in the area.
Proofing properties for rodents is best done once control is achieved.
We don’t want to change their environment too much during control as we don’t want to change their habits during this period.
Once control is achieved, simple proofing can be done by Amalgamated Pest Control however, often a builder or home maintenance person is required.
All of our rodent treatments come with a built in follow up visit.
We’ll always conduct at least one follow up visit. During this follow up we’ll assess the property again, ensure that the problem is resolved, and if need be provide further recommendations.
Our rodent control comes with our Guaranteed Gone Service promise, if the rodents come back , so will we.