As the weather cools down, your cosy home becomes a more appealing prospect to warm blooded pests like mice and rats which come seeking shelter from the elements. During the summer months, when the weather is warm and natural food sources are plentiful, rodents tend to nest outside, but once the mercury drops and rainfall increases, quiet cosy places like roof voids and skirting boards become prime rodent real estate. In addition to rodents, all the usual household pests like cockroaches, spider and ants will also be lurking around, and although they tend not to be as affected by the change in seasons, they can still become a problem in the Autumn months as people spend more time inside and create more mess. Here are just a few things you can do to keep your home pest free during the Autumn months.
Create physical barriers
Perhaps the most straightforward ways to keep your home free from larger pests like rodents is to ensure your house is well sealed and access points are kept to a minimum. Make sure the façade of your home is in a good state of repair by replacing broken roof tiles, repairing broken timber, and filling in any visible gaps like the entrance points for piping. Trim the branches on any trees around your home and cover over any exposed guttering with mesh wire to prevent access.
Minimise food access
The abundance of food in your home is another big draw card for pests of all sorts so reducing access is one of the key ways to discourage them from setting up shop in your home. Make sure you clean up and spills or crumbs as soon as they happen, keep your indoor and outdoor garbage bins tightly sealed, and make sure that all of your food is stored in secure containers off the floor.
Fix your plumbing
Water is necessary to all lifeforms and by cutting off common water sources like leaking taps and pipes, it makes it a lot harder for pests to survive in your home. In addition to fixing any leaky pipes, make sure there is adequate drainage and no puddles left in sinks, showers and bathtubs after use.
If you’re still struggling to keep your home pest free through the Autumn months, then perhaps it’s time to call in the professionals. Twin Bays Pest Control, we offer specialised rodent pest control services throughout Melbourne. To learn more about our services, call 03 8774 2525.