Mention this six-letter word to some people and it’s enough to send shivers down their spines!
For over 20 years the Cooroy Termite and Pest Control team have been providing solutions to solve these annoying pests in both residential and commercial properties.
How do you know if you have rodents?
A common sign of rodents is noticing droppings and hearing noises from under the floor or in the ceiling. These noises are made when they chew on materials in your roof such as ceiling timbers and wiring. Rodents can be very destructive and can even cause house fires. Apart from the damage, they cause they can also spread some nasty diseases such as Bubonic plague, Typhus Fever and Salmonella as well as viruses and parasites such as worms.
How do we control rodents?
Our technicians will visit your property and inspect the area in question. The technician will provide you with a Rodent Control Management Plan and explain why they’ve recommended the particular plan, this will include how many bait stations are recommended and ongoing treatments.
- Our rodent stations are baited in a lockable black box
- Placed out of reach of all non-target species, children and pets
Re-baiting of the stations can be anywhere from 3-9 weekly visits depending on how bad the infestation is. The technician will adjust your re-treatment times as needed.
Rodents are very wary creatures and fear new items, it will take anywhere between 6-10 days for the bait to take effect. After eating on the bait, the rodents will tend to leave the home and go outside looking for a water source, however, this is not always the case. If you find a deceased rodent it must be collected and disposed of carefully to ensure secondary poison does not occur to any pets or other native predator.
How to prevent rodents?
These are just a few simple things we can do to help make our homes less of an attraction to rodents.
- Ensure that any food sources are removed such as food scraps, fallen fruit from trees and pet food, including birdseed (rodents are hoarders for food).
- If you have any loose items in your pantry it may be a good idea to put it in containers. This will also help to remove stored items from around the home as this can give them somewhere to nest.
- Try to cut back overhanging foliage so it limits the chance of them getting into your roof void.
- It’s also a good idea to seal up any holes or large cracks.
If you’ve tried all of the above with no success, it may not be a rodent after all, but a little Australian marsupial called an Antechinus.