Written by: Stuart Steele
It’s late in the evening and you’re in your favourite warm pajamas. You get into bed and look forward to a good night’s rest. You turn off your bedside lamp and are just about to fall asleep when you suddenly hear a noise coming from the ceiling that wakes you up. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lie back down and close your eyes, and just as you about to fall asleep again, the noise is back, and it sounds like something is running and jumping around in your ceiling.
You have a visitor!! – An unwanted visitor in the form of Rats. What could be worse? What do you do?
As much as we all enjoy our cozy homes, they are also the perfect home for pests like rats, mice, cockroaches and ants
There’s nothing more unsettling than knowing that your family and you may not be the only ones enjoying your home. Luckily, there are ways to prevent critters like these from finding their way in.
Whether you’ve already noticed signs of pest activity or you just want peace of mind at home, use these four preventative tips to eliminate and prevent potential pests from invading your home
1. Proofing – Seal off entry points to prevent rodents from squeezing in.
Rodents can enter through small holes or gaps as small as a 50 cent piece, such as under doors, holes in walls and gaps between your roof and wall, and will use any potential opening to get in from your foundation to your roofline. To understand it better at what size gap they can fit through, it’s as simple as this: No matter how large or fat a rat or mouse may be, if it wants to get in, it will get in, as long as its head (skull) fits through, the rodent will squeeze its body through to get in.
2. Secure food sources to eliminate pest attraction.
Pests are not fussy eaters. Once they find a source of food and water, they are notorious for overstaying their welcome (and inviting their friends and family as such). While pests can thrive in even the cleanest of houses, homeowners should remove any temptations by sweeping up spills and crumbs immediately to prevent vermin, roaches or ants from being attracted to the area.
Ensure your open food stuffs are kept in tightly sealed containers in your pantry or kitchen to prevent their entry. Inspect your groceries when you get home, as we see it all the time that pests such as mice and cockroaches are accidently introduced into your home by being present in the packaging the food stuffs are sold in, such as egg containers, boxes and cartons. Unpack your groceries and rather dispose of any unused boxes and the like in an outside waste bin area to prevent any “hitchhikers’ from jumping off and making a new home in your home. We have seen it with clients in the past where they have been to the local Greengrocer and come home with boxes of fruits and veggies, and can’t understand how mice got into their home a few days later? They were in the boxes when they purchased the goods and came from the main produce market from the start and found a new home in theirs. The same thing has been seen with cockroaches hiding in boxes and cartons and accidently introduced into people’s homes unknowingly. By keeping this in mind, you will mark bugs off your shopping list.
3. Good Housekeeping Practices- Clear up clutter in your yard.
Ensure you don’t have any clutter such as building rubble; Stacks of firewood, old tires or other debris leaning against your exterior walls around your home or in your garden against perimeter walls, as these create pest havens and critters such as rodents, ants, cockroaches and even spiders, scorpions and occasionally snakes will find perfect places to find refuge in. We recommend you have an uncluttered pathway around your house, leave at least a foot of space between these items and your home, and or rather don’t have the clutter to start with. We don’t recommend the use of a compost heap, even though people with green fingers would love to retain these to allow earthworms to breed to help the soil in one’s garden. We don’t recommend them as they provide ideal breeding grounds for rodents and flies (the latter being a problem in the warmer summer months)
Keep your gutters clean and remove any dead leaves to prevent them being blocked as this will retain stagnant water and can cause fly and mosquito problems.
4. Know when to call in the professionals.
As with how most home improvement projects go and the tips given above are great do-it-yourself methods available to prevent pest control issues in your home. However, waiting until it’s too late to call in a certified professional can be dangerous and can lead to major damage, costing you time and money. Flick- being Pest Specialists offer free pest inspections to assess your home, and if needed, can treat any critters that may have settled in and provide you with a tailor-made pest control plan to keep your family worry-free and we have preventative pest control programs on offer and all our services are affordable and guaranteed.