For rodent control of a property or company, you must first know how they got in. Normally rodents get through holes or poorly sealed spaces. They do it looking for food or water, so make sure they don’t find it easily. Rodents need access to water sources constantly, although they only drink 15 to 60 ml daily. They feed on whatever they find, although they prefer to eat varied.
If you want to ensure your house or building is safe from bugs, cockroaches and rodents, you can contact Brisbane Terminator today.
Tips to avoid rodents at home
These are some of the measures you can take to avoid rodents at home:
- Do not throw food in the bathroom or sink, as rodents can access them through pipes.
- Deposit garbage in closed bags and keep containers always closed.
- Store pet food in closed packages.
- Keep bird cages or hamsters clean.
- Close doors and windows correctly.
For more information on the behaviour of rats, visit our infographic.
Protect your home from rats
By following our simple advice, you will prevent rats from entering your home looking for food or a winter shelter.
The gray rat or guaren (Rattus norvergicus) is large, lives at ground level and digs the earth. Always close to water sources such as canals, rivers, food storage places, etc.
The rat of the roofs (Rattus rattus) is an expert climber and can inhabit roofs and spaces in height. Las Lauchas (Mus Musculus) Mice are active throughout the year, which means you can find them at home or business at any time.
Both species can swim, for example inside pipes or drains.
Follow our advice to block rodent access to your property.
- Spaces in the doors – rodents have holes and very small spaces in the doors of 1-2 cm. to go through them. Therefore, in order to avoid its entry, the sealing of doors that do not close tightly must be improved.
- Slots and spaces – place grilles or metal meshes in any open space with access to the outside the mesh spaces should not be larger than 18 mm.
- Damage to gutters, drains and drains – is a common access road, immediately repair any damage to these elements. Check that the drains are always covered with metal grilles, never leave them open especially at night.
- Openings in walls and ceilings – maintenance log covers are an easily accessible area for rodents inside their facilities. Check their status regularly and look for any indication of their presence.
- Elevator pits – elevator pits can represent a key point in building infestation. Rodents can easily climb cables, beams or pipes. The elevator engine room often offers a relatively quiet area to nest.
Do you need help to eliminate and prevent this pest?
These tips will be useful in case the rodents have not arrived at your property yet, however, for cases in which it is suspected that there may be an active pest, and you need help to control it, we recommend contacting a professional company that can perform a specialized service.
Guidelines for Maintaining a Rodent Free Home
- Don’t raise ivy – it provides shelter and food source for rodents: snails and slugs. Ivy on the walls can form “rat stairs” to windows, attics and other interior spaces.
- Keep lots of natural fertilizer as far away from structures as possible.
- Keep grass cut and trees trimmed and as far away from structures as possible.
- If you have a bird feeder, use a squirrel guard at the base to keep rodents away.
- Keep grills outdoors and kitchen areas clean.
- Keep firewood from the ground and as far away as possible from structures to reduce places where rats or mice can hide.
- Use plastic garbage containers distributed throughout the city. If it breaks or has no lid, contact the Hygiene Department for a replacement.
Recommendations for the Interior:
- Store all foods such as cereals, chips and cookies in containers.
- Opt for garbage bins and natural fertiliser containers with a tightly sealed lid.
- Rinse food and beverage containers before disposal or recycling.
- Clean the trash can and recycling bins frequently.
- Never leave pet food or water outside at night.
- Keep the stove clean and free of food debris.
- Keep your home free of papers, fabrics and any similar material that attract rodents to nest.
Prevention and treatment of rodent infestations requires a combination of measures that include the elimination of access points for rats and mice, the exclusion of food and shelter sources that attract rodents and the use of traps to get rid of rats and mice that exist in or around the home.
A comprehensive plan to control rodents decreases the risk of infestations in the future as an important step is the adoption of preventive measures, such as blocking access and eliminating food and water sources that attract rats and mice.
Rodenticides consist of different types of poisons used to kill rodents. Rodenticide baits can be lethal to any mammal or bird that ingests baits and is not only poisonous to rodents. As a result, all baits represent a high risk of poisoning for any animal that could consume a bait or a poisoned rat or mouse.
If you decide to use rodenticides, you must be ready to face the potential consequences:
- Rodents are likely to die in places where they cannot be recovered. The bad smell of a dead animal persists for several weeks to several months.
- If you or your neighbours have cats or dogs, they may die or become very sick if they eat poisoned rodents or rodenticide bait.
- Predatory birds such as hawks, eagles and owls and mammalian predators such as foxes and coyotes may die if they eat poisoned rodents or a rodenticide bait
- Children will be at risk of accidental poisoning because they can confuse rodenticide bait for a candy or food.
Here at Brisbane Terminator we will provide you with the services you need to keep your building or house free from rodents.