Nobody enjoys having their food ransacked by rodents. It is unhygienic, unwelcoming and generally distressing. If you can find where they’re hiding, there’s a good chance you can convince them to leave if you can’t call the experts and organise an inspection.
In the Walls, Floor and Attic
Rats and mice typically avoid living in the same spaces as humans. Thankfully, you are therefore highly unlikely to find them snuggled into bed beside you. This means areas of the house you rarely visit are attractive, and insulation makes the attic, walls and floor spaces more appealing as it is soft and provides constant liveable temperatures. One unfortunate side effect of a rodent infestation is that their droppings become a food source for other pests, such as cockroaches.
In Open Drawers
While not as common as walls, rats and particularly mice will move into areas of the home that are warm and dark. Piles of clothes in the laundry or cupboards in the spare bedroom can be perfect, particularly if they remain undisturbed for long periods of time. In combination with removing the food source that the rodents are utilising, removing easy access to dark and warm places to live is crucial. Look for holes in the corners, droppings and keep an ear out for scampering and squeaking.
At the Back of the Pantry
It might seem like a no brainer, but if there is a corner in your pantry that is hard for you to get at, it’s the perfect place for rodents to live. They are surrounded by food and will multiply quickly. One of the best things to do when you know that there are rodents in your home is to cut off their food supply by putting away your foods in containers and thoroughly cleaning all of the areas where food is kept. Rats can chew through bags and will even gnaw at containers for a feed.
In the Compost
We all want to do our thing for the environment, and having a compost can be a great way to both cut down on your waste to landfill and produce top quality soil for growing vegetables. The downside is that all of those rotting food scraps are exceptionally attractive to rodents, particularly if they are easily attainable. If you simply tip all of your vegetable scraps into a bin, there’s a possibility rodents will move in and call it home. After all, they will be continuously fed and largely unbothered. To combat this, create a sealed compost system that still has air holes, and spend time maintaining it. This is an important step because rats will usually inhabit the area outside a residence before moving inside.
Call the Experts for Efficient Rodent Control
If you live in Brisbane, call the experts are AGJ Pest Management. Call us today on 0421 533 002 or contact us online and we’ll help you out, no matter how big or small your problem.