We recently conducted a spring pest control job at Pacific Pines where the homeowner was complaining of been woken at all hours of the morning by scratching sounds in the roof void and wall cavity.
We inspected the roof and found no clear signs of rodent activity such as droppings and gnawing, but something was definitely hiding in there and our customer was feeling a little worse for wear – so it was time to act.
Rodents are well known for their activity in the winter months, but they can also be found in the warmer months of the year.
When their normal food sources are depleted, they will search for new food sources and shelter, often at the expense of the homeowner.
Rodents can also establish themselves at any home, despite how clean the home may be – they need food, water and shelter just like us.
How to treat rodent problems
When all else fails and pest control measures need to be implemented, Amalgamated Pest Control technicians will look at all the available options. The two most effective methods of control of rats and mice are:
- Rodent Trapping: Using traps to physically trap and remove rodents.
- Chemical Control: Includes a wide range of baiting techniques, most commonly bait blocks used in Tamper Resistant Rodent Stations, (pictured below). These baits are secured inside the station and cannot be removed, making them pet and child friendly. Where needed, tracking powders, gels and other baits may be used as required.
How to avoid rodent infestations
- Ensure all of your household garbage is in tightly sealed in bins, which rodents cannot access – restrict their access to food as much as possible.
- Alter your building so that rodents cannot gain entry. Look for access holes that rodents can use such as where pipes enter buildings and gaps under external doors. Sealing these points and others similar will make it harder for rodents to enter. Using a gutter guard to seal the roof can be also be helpful in stopping them entering the roof via the gutters. Restrict their access to shelter as much as possible.
- Trim excess trees and shrubs from around the perimeter of the structure, especially trees that overhang the roof. This will take away both harbourage areas and make accessing the roof a little bit harder for them.
We advised our customer to make changes to their home including trimming trees and the consideration of a gutter guard solution. Fortunately, we were able to completely remove the rodent and our customer was very satisfied – another job done.
If you believe or suspect that you have rats or mice, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Gold Coast for further advice.