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.