While the rest of the world is celebrating summer, winter in Australia is just around the corner. When the temperature drops, you may want to keep warm and snuggly in your cosy blanket. But you are not the only one who seeks warm shelter. So do the rodents. In fact, rodents do not hibernate during the winter months. Their habits remain consistent in all seasons, helping them to survive in the wilderness or in domestic environments. In winter time, your home and offices could possibly be invaded by these ‘uninvited guests’ because they will actively seek shelter and food sources before winter arrives. The next question you will have is ‘’how can I tell if I have a rodent problem?’’ Here are some useful tips to help you identify signs of rodent infestations in order to prevent them just in time:
1. Rat droppings
The most common sign which indicates you have rodents dwelling at your place is their droppings. Rodents can produce up to 40 droppings per night. Black or brown droppings are usually scattered near their nesting areas and the food source. These droppings are often spindle-like or granular in shape ranging from 9-14 mm in length. You can estimate the severity of a rodent infestation by the amount of droppings found.
Rodents are active at nights. It is easy to tell you have these ‘uninvited guests’ when you hear noises such as scurrying, squeaking, scratching noises or bruxing. Paying attention to where these noises come from should help your pest specialists tackle the right spots when treating your rodent problem.
3. Traffic tracks
If you find chewing patterns resembling teeth marks or holes and scattered crumbs or debris around your food containers, it is obvious that you have a rodent infestation. Rodents prefer grains as their main food source, so pay extra attention to rice and cereal products to spot a rodent infestation early.
Rodents also gnaw on wood and plastic to keep their teeth sharper. It is important for you to check electric cables when in doubt of a rodent infestation since these cables can spark fire easily when damaged. Rodents are also likely to chew on PVC piping, furniture and wooden materials.
Rodents love warm and cosy places to build their nests and give birth to the little ones. Rodent nests are often located in dark and hidden spots covered with shredded materials like newspaper and fabrics. Their nests can also be located near food sources. An easy way to find out is by checking behind fridges or freezers and under household appliances for visible rodent droppings and bites.
These recommendations are for a basic rodent inspection only. However, dealing properly with pest issues requires professional efforts and services to remove them completely from your property.
At Twin Bays Pest Control, our qualified local pest specialists are fully equipped with superior knowledge along with well-rounded experience and are ready to provide the most effective pest control services suited your problem.
We are always happy to hear from you and provide you advice over the phone on how to >inspect and identify pest problems at the first stage. Contact our team today and let us take care of your pest issues on 0409 334 562.