Keep Rodents Out: Essential Tips to Protect Your Property This Winter!

As the weather gets colder, rats and mice look for warm spots to nest, making your home an attractive target. The presence of these pests can lead to unexpected expenses from food spoilage, contamination, physical damage, and disease transmission. Rodents breed rapidly, with a population potentially growing from two to 1,250 in one year. Their constant gnawing can cause serious damage to doors, skirting boards, upholstery, air conditioning ducting, and building structures. They also pose a high fire risk by chewing on wiring, which can result in costly equipment damage or worse.

 

Know Your Enemy: Common Types of Rodents

Understanding the most common types of rodents that might invade your home is the first step in effective rodent proofing:

Roof Rat (Rattus rattus): Also known as black rats, these rodents are excellent climbers and often nest in  roofs, and upper floors of buildings. They are known for their agility and can be a significant nuisance in both urban and rural areas.

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Roof Rat

Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus): Also called brown rats or sewer rats, they are larger than roof rats and prefer to live in burrows underground or in lower parts of buildings. They are more aggressive and can cause considerable damage with their gnawing.

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Norway Rat

House Mouse (Mus musculus): These small rodents are common in homes and can reproduce quickly. They tend to nest in hidden areas within homes, such as wall voids and storage areas, and can contaminate food and surfaces with their droppings and urine.

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House Mouse

Top Tips to Rodent-Proof Your Home

To prevent these unwanted guests from causing havoc in your home or business, here are some effective rodent-proofing solutions:

  1. Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for any gaps or holes, especially around doors, windows, and utility openings. Seal these entry points with materials such as steel wool, caulk, or metal sheeting, as rodents can squeeze through even the smallest openings.
  2. Maintain Cleanliness: Keep your living spaces clean and free of food debris. Store food in airtight containers, and ensure garbage is disposed of regularly in sealed bins. Clean up spills and crumbs immediately.
  3. Eliminate Hiding Spots: Reduce clutter in and around your home to eliminate potential nesting sites for rodents. Keep storage areas organized, and avoid piling wood or debris near the foundation of your home.

  4. Proper Landscaping: Maintain your yard by trimming back trees and shrubs at least three feet from your home. Remove any debris or fallen fruits that may attract rodents. Ensure compost piles are properly managed and kept away from your home.

  5. Secure Pet Food: Store pet food in sealed containers and avoid leaving it out overnight. Clean up any spills promptly to avoid attracting rodents.

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Checkmate Pest Control’s Winning Strategy

At Checkmate Pest Control, we employ effective methods and treatment plans to control your rodent problem. We proudly use industry-leading products that are safe, unlike many store-bought products that significantly impact the environment and wildlife. Additionally, we use lockable stations to ensure the safety of non-target species, providing an extra layer of protection for your home and the environment.

By implementing these rodent-proofing measures, you can protect your home from the extensive damage and health risks associated with rodent infestations. At Checkmate Pest Control, we’re here to support you with expert advice and professional services tailored to your specific needs.

For more information  visit our website or call us on 1300 748 668.