How to deal with rats
UNCOLLECTED rubbish attracts rodents, as it provides an easy source of food. Flooding can further increase the risk of rodent infestations, as it flushes rats out of their existing dwellings.
Rats can swim great distances and they can find their way through drains as well as cracks in masonry to avoid rising water, enter0ing properties in search of food and shelter. Rats carry a particular health risk in flooded areas, as their urine contains leptospires which can survive outside the rodent’s body for longer periods in wet conditions. Leptospires within rat urine can cause
Leptospirosis or Weil’s disease in humans. If you are living in a flood-affected area, take these precautionary steps to prevent catching any diseases. Rentokil shares some tips…
1. Cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters
2. Wear waterproof clothing, including gloves 3. Do not swallow contaminated water 4. Wash hands thoroughly before eating, drinking or smoking
Here are few simple tips to help deter rats from entering your property after the waterlevels have receded:
1. Proof your property - use steel wool or caulk to seal any holes or gaps. Wood, plastic or expanding foam won’t help as rodents will eventually gnaw through them.
2. Ensure pipework is in good order — rats can navigate their way up from sewers through broken pipes.
3. Don’t offer easy food - where possible, store food in airtight containers and clean under cookers, fridges and cupboards to remove tasty crumbs. If you feed birds in your garden, make sure that you use squirrel proof bird feeders, they make life more difficult for rodents too.
4. Clean up pet food — rats will happily eat your pet’s food, so clean up after feeding and store the pet food in sealed metal containers.
5. Secure household rubbish - ensure that your refuse is bagged and stored in bins with securely fitted lids as rats can easily gnaw through plastic bin bags. Do not put meat scraps or food cooked in oils into a compost bin.
Below is a checklist to help homeowners deal with mice…
1. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens. 2. Screen vents and openings to chimneys. 3. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home by using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
4. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
5. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
6. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
7. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
8. Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
9. Store firewood at least 6 metres away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
10. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
If you spot evidence of a rodent infestation, do not hesitate to act. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly, and a small problem can turn into a big issue overnight if left untreated.rodent control and management are important for health and safety reasons.
secure household rubbish — ensure that your refuse Is BAGGED AND stored In Bins with securely fitted LIDS As rats can easily gnaw through plastic bin bags.