Many homeowners are familiar with the uneasy feeling that accompanies finding mice or rodents in their homes. Whether in the kitchen, attic, basement or dining room, a rodent sighting can incite surprise and fear in even the most composed homeowner.
This is according to Anthony Potgieter, director of Leap Pest Control, who says unfortunately, these common pests are resourceful creatures that can enter a home through the smallest opening or crack. He says mice can actually fit through spaces as small as a “nickel”.
Rodents seek shelter indoors and once they’re inside, they can cause serious damage. According to Anthony, rodents put homes at risk of electrical fires because they tend to gnaw through the wires. More frequently, though, they serve as vectors, carrying bacteria such as salmonella on their bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and equipment.
Anthony says the common brown house mouse can carry many diseases. Fortunately, there are ways homeowners can proactively prevent and get rid of rodent infestations in their homes.
Anthony shares a checklist to help homeowners deal with mice…
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- 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.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
- Store firewood at least 6 metres away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
- 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. If you suspect a rodent infestation, visit the South African Pest Control Association website to find a registered and qualified Pest Control Operator in your area.
By: Property24, 2015