How to Avoid Rat Infestation in Winter

You may look at rats as an uglier type of mouse but in fact, they are very different. Rats transfer a wide range of dangerous diseases, some of which can prove fatal. With their destructive feeding habits, fast reproduction and unpleasant appearance, an infestation can be difficult to deal with. Wood and plastic are two materials that these rodents tend to gnaw on. Should you notice rat droppings or bite marks, there is a big chance that your property is home to a healthy, growing rat population. To ensure infestations are kept at bay during the winter months, take the appropriate action.

Inspect Packages and Grocery Bags

Rats will be attracted to any place where there is a constant food source, no matter how fresh the food may be. Checking packages and grocery bags is essential, because should you see any signs of gnawing or rat droppings, there is a big chance that there is a rat or mouse in the house! In the event of an infestation, these rodents could be carrying bacteria into the home, like salmonella. The common pests can squeeze their way in through small cracks and crevices, so take the time to screen chimney openings and vents.

Trim Shrubbery

Take a look around your garden and inspect the shrubbery that envelopes the home on a regular basis. By doing this, you will be able to find out if there is an infestation that demands attention from a professional. Holes in shrubbery and underneath bushes will indicate rat or mouse activity. Access can be prevented with bait or traps, but it’s also a good idea to invest in decking, get rid of bird feeders and get in touch with a company that offers a professional solution.

Eliminate Moisture Problems

It’s no secret that pests like moisture-filled places, therefore it’s imperative that you take it upon yourself to eliminate moisture problems during winter. This can be tricky during the colder months, but it is possible. Weather stripping and loose mortar should be replaced to prevent water from entering the home, and breeding sites like obstructed drains and leaking pipes ought to be replaced.¬† If you think that rats and mice are entering the home through holes and cracks, take the time to seal these areas with materials like steel wool or caulk.

No matter what kind of infestation you are struggling with this season, you can depend on RIP Integrated Pest Management Services Sydney for the latest pest control developments. For assistance, call 02 8880 9295.

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