How to get rid of rats – Cut branches that are hanging over or close to the roof to eliminate easy access.
Are you experiencing Rodent infestations at your home or business? This requires a solution that eliminates Rodents from your home and prevents them from returning. Pest Managers have a variety of methods available for controlling the spread of rodents in Cape Town. Pest Managers can assist with all types of Rodent Control.
How can Rodent Control be achieved?
Rodent control can be achieved by implementing various methods, for example:
Rodenticides come in different forms like wax bait blocks, grains, liquid baits, pellets, and porous sachet types.
• Deploy Traps
There are a few traps that are available to achieve rodent control. When it comes to Eco-Friendly methods, live traps are the most effective option. Live traps are cages built to trap the rodent and then transport the rodent to an alternative location.
The alternative methods are snap traps. Snap traps are traps that have an opening with sharp teeth and a spring-loaded bait plate. Once the mechanism is triggered, the teeth close on the rodent striking a death blow by breaking the neck.
Rodents can get access to your house by using any small holes. If you hear rodents in the roof, there is a high chance that the roof opening above the gutter is an entry-point. To stop them from getting to your roof you might need to trim the trees that are close to the roof. Another way they might enter is through any openings leading directly into your house. These openings might be from the wash basin into the kitchen. If the doors of the property are regularly left open it is more effective to try and achieve rodent control on the outside of the property. This is for example the garden.
•Keeping the immediate area clean
Cleaning any debris such as old wood piles, bricks dormant compost heaps and cut plant material is advisable to prevent and get rid of a rodent infestation. Keep the grass short and trim the trees. This is extremely helpful in achieving rodent control.
How long does it take to achieve rodent control?
Rodent control can be achieved very easily. But there are different scenarios that can affect the desired result. Depending on the location of the rodent infestation there could be a higher population density of rodents. If the property is close to a vacant field, dam, river, or old sewage tunnel, it could be very difficult to achieve rodent control in such types of locations.
How does Rodenticides work?
Rodenticides are anticoagulants. Anticoagulants interfere with the rodent’s ability to activate Vitamin K function. Vitamin K is a critical component in the blood clotting function of Rodents.
Rodenticides are made to attract animals. Rodenticides differ in smell as companies that create rodenticides have created their own formulas for success. Rodenticides cause severe internal bleeding over a period of days. The length depends on the strength of the rodenticide that has been consumed and the amount consumed.
Types of Rodenticides for Rodent Control
There are 2 types of rodenticides “Multi feed” and “Single Feed”.
Multi feed rodenticide
Multi feed means the rodent must consume more of the rodenticide to die. Multi feed rodenticides are suitable for areas where people are concerned about predator birds, cats, or dogs. Multi feed rodenticides contain much lower amounts of poison making it much less deadly if a predator bird or house pet preys on the rodent.
Single feed rodenticide
Single feed rodenticide can be used in areas where there is a high tolerance to rodenticides. When there is a rat population that is very large with many large rats that need immediate elimination, single feed rodenticides are a necessity. In dense residential areas where a rodent population has reached numbers that are uncontrollable the likelihood of a disease outbreak is high.
The risks of rodent infestations and the importance of Rodent Control
There are various diseases that have been spread by rodents over millennia. These diseases have caused many deaths over the years and it should make people aware of the importance of Rodent Control.
Examples of diseases are:
Salmonellosis: An infection caused by consuming food or beverages tainted by rat faeces.
Leptospirosis: Occurring because of bacteria in rodent urine, this infection can be contracted by coming into contact with surfaces or consuming substances that have been contaminated with rodent urine.
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM): This viral disease is spread by house mice and can be contracted by breathing dust that has been contaminated with rodent waste.
Hantavirus: Although not known to be transmitted by Norway Rats or Roof Rats, this infection can be contracted by breathing in rodent droppings, urine, or rotting carcasses.
Rat Bite Fever: A bacterial infection caused by contact with rodent urine or mucus secretions, or by being bitten by an infected animal.
The rabies virus: a fearsome, but preventable viral infection that is lethal if not treated properly. There is a risk of large populations of animals becoming infected if professional rodent control is not in place.
Indications that you might have a rodent infestation.
It is easy to detect the presence of rats and mice in an area by the smell. If the infestation has endured for a long time the smell of ammonia will overwhelm you. It is recommended that you use professional rodent control when such a level has been reached.
A/C vents, service conduits, and holes in the foundation of buildings are all common entry points for rodents. Rodents look for areas that are warm and dry. Their main goal is to breed safely and without interference from predators. Once the goal is achieved, they will flourish and within a few months a huge rodent colony can be expected.
It can be harmful to human health if large amounts are present in a residence. Aside from its unpleasant smell, it can be toxic and cause damage if concentrated in a small area.
As well as chewing on insulation and electrical wiring, rodents also have the nasty habit of chewing on many other items around the home. There is a possibility that this may spark a fire and cause extensive damage.
Why do Rodents gnaw?
What should you do if you find or smell a dead rodent?
If the rodent is visible simply pick it up with a spade or by using gloves. Dispose of the rodent by placing it in a plastic bag. Detect a dead rodent by smell and dispose of it as directed above. If you smell the rodent and you can’t find it, there might be a chance that the rodent has died in the roof. It can be very difficult navigating a roof if you are not used to it. We would recommend getting a professional pest control company like Pest Managers to remove the dead rodent for you.
If you need a professional rodent control company, contact Pest Managers to implement a rodent control solution for you.
If you want to read more interesting facts on pests read our “11 pest myths debunked“.