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Many Adelaide locals ask us, during this time of year if pests will start to disappear now that summers over. Pests will start to reduce in numbers as the weather cools down and the optimal temperatures for maximum breeding and activity have reduced. This however doesn’t mean that your property will be pest free from now until next spring.
Generally temperatures inside homes are much warmer in the cooler months than outside and there is food and water available in and around the home. This being the case what usually tends to happen is many pests will seek out homes for these reasons. Nice warm shelter in which to live and breed, very good accessibility to food sources and access to water is also available.
Common Autumn Pests
The most common pests that will look to move inside are rodents such as rats and mice. The home is an ideal place for these pests. Roof voids can be full of insulation which is an ideal warm nesting material which they can burrow into to make their nests. Many believe that cooler months such as late autumn – winter is rat season. Rats actually breed heavily all year round, the cooler months however they much prefer, as we would, to get inside and out of the cold. Obviously once they are in the roof they can have easy access to your food and garbage. Once inside your property rats and mice can cause a lot of damage. They consistently gnaw; they have too to keep their teeth from growing too long. They’ll gnaw on anything. Many fires are started by rats gnawing on wires. Diseases are another big problem and its not just rats. Mice carry as many diseases as rats and potentially spread very easily.
What other pests are active in autumn
Cockroaches will still remain a problem especially German Cockroaches. Their environment is your kitchen therefore they will continue to breed just as fast as in summer and due to their rapid lifecycle can become a big problem very quickly. They rely on humans for survival; we provide them with the shelter, food and water that they need. Amalgamated pest control offers 12 months Service Warranty on all species of cockroach including German Cockroaches meaning you never have to deal with these pests again.
How can I reduce autumn pests?
Some of the things that any home owner can do which will help reduce the chance of these and other pests getting into your home this autumn and winter are quite simple:
- Reduce access to food. All pests need food. Keep food sealed, clean up spills straight away, clean up food crumbs get rid of food scraps into tightly sealed garbage bins and ensure bins, especially outside, don’t let your bin become so full that you can’t close it. Rats have an especially keen sense of smell and will smell garbage from a long way away.
- Reduce excess water. If you have any leaking plumbing or pooling water around the home have them repaired. Water accumulating in sinks, showers and baths don’t’ help either ensure you wipe them dry. Pests actively seek water for survival.
- Keep them out. Keeping out some pests can be done. To keep rodents out keep trees close to the home trimmed away from the roof. Make sure your roofing is in good condition, broken tiles and the like can allow rodents to slip in cracks and gain access. Gutters can be protected with a rodent resistant mesh covering. Any gaps/holes in the external wall such as where pipes enter or weep holes are present should be protected also with a rodent resistant material.
Some pests can’t be kept out with physical materials. Cockroaches, ants and spiders will always find a way into just about any home. A professional pest treatment will stop these insects living and breeding in the areas such as roof voids, sub-floors, wall cavities many internal areas of the home and Amalgamated Pest Control will give you a 12 month service warranty on these 3 pests which allows you too live all year around with no worries.
Contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for a pest management solution for your property. We are professionals at what we do and can give you the best advice on how to keep the autumn pests and winter pests out of your home and away from your family.
1300 806 786
We have had an early start to the season. Last week we were working on the York and Air Peninsulas where locals of farming communities are reporting high numbers of mice for this time of year. Some people said it is worse than two years ago witch was a bad season.
Our office has also had a large amount of calls from residents in Noarlunga, Seaford, and Reynella to the Adelaide Hills, to the northern, eastern and western suburbs of Adelaide.
Home and business owners should be wary and seek professional advice to prevent these vermin causing damage to homes, stock and reputation of a business.
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.
Do I have a rodent problem?
A number of calls we receive from concerned customers are due to their home lighting no longer working and an electrician stating they have found chewed wires.
Rodents are well known for causing this type of damage to home wiring, which can result in a house fire, sparked by damaged wires in roof voids and within wall cavities.
Other signs that you may have a rodent problem include:
- Scratching sounds in walls and roof voids during the early hours of the night and morning.
- Gnawing on doors, skirting boards, books and food packaging.
- Rub marks – greasy marks on walls and skirting boards.
- Droppings and urine – strong repulsive odour around outside areas such as barbeque’s, sheds and indoor storage areas such as cupboards, drawers and under sinks.
- Excitement of your family pet – If your dog or cat is acting strangely, for example excessive barking in a particular area of your home, they might be trying to tell you something.
- Sensors / Alarms – being triggered, particularly within 1 or 2 specific areas of the premises, can be an indicator of rodent activity within an area.
It’s also important to note that damage caused by rodents or vermin is typically NOT covered by your home insurance as it is seen as the responsibility of the property owner to protect the home.
Health Issues and problems
Rats are well known for spreading diseases, here are some of the most well known:
- Asthma is one of the most common diseases in the home caused by Rodent droppings.
- Salmonellosis – caused by infection with bacteria called Salmonella.
- Typhoid – a fever disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella.
- Hygiene – food contamination risk, stock and product loss.
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 advise our customers to make these changes to their home and consider the installation of a gutter guard solution.
If you believe or suspect that you have rats or mice, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.