Ro­dent home rem­edy bust­ing myths

Lesotho Times - - Property -

IT’S win­ter, which means that like hu­mans, ro­dents are look­ing for some­where warm and cosy to spend their days.

For home­own­ers, this means an in­creased like­li­hood of ro­dents try­ing to make their way in­side your prop­erty to set up home.

There are plenty of myths sur­round­ing which DIY meth­ods are most ef­fec­tive at driv­ing out un­wel­come ro­dents, but how do you know which tech­niques and prod­ucts ac­tu­ally work?

There are a num­ber of nat­u­ral mouse and rat re­pel­lent prod­ucts like pep­per­mint, moth­balls and ul­tra­sonic sound waves that home­own­ers tend to lean on to get rid of un­wanted mice.

1. Do moth­balls keep mice away? To put it sim­ply… no. Moth­balls were con­sid­ered by some as an ef­fec­tive mouse con­trol method be­cause they con­tain naph­tha­lene, a pun­gent smelling white, solid sub­stance.

When it is in­haled or con­sumed it can cause blood cells to lose their oxy­gen-car­ry­ing prop­er­ties.

How­ever, the amount of naph­tha­lene found in moth­balls is rel­a­tively small.

It’s enough to deter moths and other in­sects, but it’s not enough to deter mice. Mice have been seen to walk over moth­balls, pay­ing no at­ten­tion to them what­so­ever.

Even if rats and mice were both­ered by the smell from moth­balls near their nest en­trance, they would soon find an­other.

Mice can fit through a gap as small as a R5 coin, which means they can eas­ily squeeze into new lodg­ings.

2. Is pep­per­mint oil an ef­fec­tive

mice re­pel­lent? It makes your home smell nice and it gets rid of rats and mice. Surely this must be the per­fect rat and mouse re­pel­lent right? Wrong!

Pep­per­mint oil is of­ten as­sumed to be a good mouse re­pel­lent be­cause in high con­cen­tra­tions, it can be quite strong, and both mice and rats have a sen­si­tive sense of smell.

How­ever, this the­ory doesn’t seem to hold true, and mice are not de­terred by the smell.

An­other rea­son why pep­per­mint oil doesn’t work is be­cause most gases and fumes, in­clud­ing pep­per­mint aroma, rise. Rats and mice are small and stay close to the ground, thus they are less likely to be af­fected by the ris­ing aroma of pep­per­mint.

3. Are ul­tra­sonic ro­dent re­pel­lent de­vices ef­fec­tive? close to the ro­dent ac­tiv­ity then the de­vice will be un­suc­cess­ful.

An­other fac­tor to con­sider is that while ul­tra­sonic mouse re­pellers may work in the short term, mice are adapt­able and quickly learn to avoid the area af­fected by the ul­tra­sonic sound waves. Some­times they adapt to it as back­ground noise.

DIY ro­dent con­trol There are some meth­ods that you can put in place to se­cure your home and pre­vent any un­wel­come ro­dent guests.

1. Re­pair your home A great way to pro­tect your home from rats and mice is to re­pair any dam­age to your home. This will help en­sure that you pre­vent ro­dents from gain­ing easy en­try to your house.

A good ma­te­rial to use to seal small gaps is sheet metal. Rats and mice can chew through al­most any­thing be­sides sheet metal.

2. Fill holes and gaps with steel wool food is on the other side. But, there is one thing they can’t chew through, steel wool.

Be sure to fill any gaps or holes in your home with steel wool to stop rats and mice from ac­cess­ing your house. This can be placed any­where from air vents to holes in your kitchen cup­boards.

3. Keep your home clean Keep­ing your house clean will help keep mice away.

They have a keen sense of smell so it is im­per­a­tive to keep food in air­tight con­tain­ers. This will as­sist in en­sur­ing that they won’t be fol­low­ing the food scent all the way into your home. — Prop­erty24

Be sure to fill any gaps or holes in your home with steel wool to stop rats and mice from ac­cess­ing your house.

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