When we talk about rodents to our clients some are often confused as most people don’t associate the word rodents with mice and rats. Rodents also include hamsters, Guinea pigs, porcupines, prairie dogs and beavers.
So why did rodents pick my home?
When we think about the reasons people get rodents we start to wonder how dirty people are. That is not the case though. We get calls all the time from clients who has rodent issues and they have the cleanest homes.
Where there is warmth, shelter and a food source rodents can pop up in anyone’s home. Pet food, pet waste, bird aviaries, heavy foliage, and bird feeders are all attractants for rodents.
Rodents love to set up their nest in warm environments.
Rodents love to have adequate shelter so they can reproduce and have somewhere to sleep.
Having a food source can lead rodents to enter your home, garbage, pet food, pet poop that hasn’t been cleaned up, high vegetation, cleaning up bird aviaries, if you have fruit trees pick up rotting fruit, removing water sources such as pet bowls, bird baths and other sources that you may have.
What can you do to prevent rodents?
Go around the outside of your home cut down any trees which are overhanging on your property, get into the garden and prune any shrubs and vegetation.
After you feed your pet pick up their bowl and wash it, at the end of the day put your pets water away.
Take your bin out at the end of each day.
Wash up, sweep/mop floors and wipe benches down each day.
Seal any cracks and crevices in and around your home.
Remove any debris around your home so there is no hiding spaces for rodents.
Monday I had a frantic call from a concerned client saying there was an unusual amount of blow flies swarming in her home and she didn’t know where they were coming from.
I asked her the usual questions like can she smell something decaying, was there any meat left out, does she have pets as maybe it is the food that they might not of eaten, to check to see if there was any animals on her property that may of passed. Nothing I asked was occurring so I asked one of our technicians to do an emergency job to investigate why this customer has blow flies in her home.
John arrived at the client’s home in Parramatta and searched the lawns, subfloor, and interior and made his way up to the roof void where he instantly smelled a decaying matter. Upon further investigations of the roof void he had found dead rodents in the roof void.
John removed two dead rodents but was unable to get the third rodent as it had slipped into the wall cavity. John advised the customer that he was putting the odour eliminating bag in the roof void and that it will suck up any bad smells that was in the roof void.
Our client had used a different pest controller to do a rodent treatment and when she had tried to call that pest controller he no longer had his phone in service.
Usually when pest controllers bait for rodents they will use bait that has a thinning agent in it so it coagulates the blood stopping it from releasing a bad smell.
Unfortunately for our client the bait that was used was a stock standard bait that you could get from the local hardware house which doesn’t have this thinning agent in it.
Needless to say our client was so happy that the blow flies have since disappeared and that we have found the source of the issue.
Here at Redline Pest Control the girls in the office have been receiving a lot of calls in regards to rodents in Blacktown, Castle Hill, Parramatta, Strathfield, and Penrith.
As the weather turns to a cold front rodents are nestling in homes across Sydney.
If not caught early a rodent infestation can get out of hand very quickly as rodents breed very quickly.
Rodents are very good climbers and will find an overhanging branch, pipes, vines and will even scale the walls.
Rodents can squeeze through an opening the size of a 10C piece. This is because rodents have a long cylindrical shape and they are extremely flexible.
Rodents will travel the same route to source food and water unless there is a new object in their run path.
Rodents are considered to be neophobic which is a fear of new objects which have appeared in their environment.
Rodents have very poor eye sight and will solely depend on other senses like smells, vibrations, hearing and touching objects.
Unfortunately in Australia tons of food is thrown away due to contamination from rodent’s urine or droppings.
There is many transmitted diseases that rodents carry such as Weil’s disease, Salmonella food poisoning, Tape worm, Jaundice, Bubonic plague, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis and Mild meningitis.
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What does Redline Pest Control do when inspecting for rodents?
Redline Pest Control follows the R.IG.H.T step and will always inspect all areas in and around your home or business.
The Importance of Inspections
R: Rodent Species
I: Infestation Severity
G: Gaps that need rodent proofing
H: High activity areas
T: Tools that you need to use
Key Inspection Points
Ask the customer what sort of activity have they seen
Inspection should be three dimensional up down and side to side
Identify any food source IE citrus trees, pet food, rubbish bins ETC
Identify any areas which may be an issue and cause high pressure areas
Always educate the customer from the start so they know what is going on
Common Areas to Examine
Rodents will follow their pathways where they run in and along the buildings
Check all pipelines and utility lines are sealed to prevent rodents entering the building
Poor sanitation areas must be checked
Areas which have a source of warmth
How can you recognise if you have a rodent infestation in your home or business?
1) Scratching noises in your roof void or wall cavities.
2) A musky odour or urine smell.
3) Rodent droppings in and around your home.
4) Rubbing stains which rodents leave behind. This is when rodents use the same path over and the mud and dirt on their feet leave a stain.
5) Gnawed wood, pipes, gyprock and any other surface as rodents need to wear their teeth down as they grow very quickly. (Water leaks is an ideal breeding ground not only for rodents but for termites as well)
6) Electrical cords which have been eaten.
7) Food packaging which has been shredded.
8) Screeching noises from when rodents fight.
9) Your pet being excited in a particular area where the rodent is.
10) Nest or burrows in and around your home.
How can you proof your home against rodents?
1) Inspect both internally and externally and see if there is any little holes or gaps which need to be sealed.
2) Cut all shrubs, vines and tree branches (especially over hanging branches) by doing this you will take away their hiding spots.
3) Clean up after each meal so there is no food source for rodents.
4) Put your pet’s food bowl and water bowl away after each meal.
5) Put all rubbish out each day and make sure that your council bin is secure and away from the entry of your home.
6) Remove any debris which is around your home as rodents love to hide in the debris.