RATS & MICE INSIDE THE ROOF
Rodents are most likely to move inside the home looking for both food and shelter, when the weather becomes cooler and during and after high rainfall. They can cause damage by chewing electrical wiring, building materials, contaminate food and transmit disease.
The presence of rat and mouse faeces is one of the best indications of a rodent problem. Other signs of rodent activity include tracks, burrows, odours, sounds, rub marks, nests, dead rodents, gnawing and urine stains.
- Carefully inspect your roof for signs of rodent activity (if it is safe and you are able to do so). Since rats and mice generally occupy only a limited area, they may use the same pathways over and over again. The natural oils and dirt on their bodies, can leave dark smear marks or rub marks when rubbing against objects.
- Walk around your home and garden. Look for conditions which would attract rodents, such as overgrown weeds, garbage bins without secure fitting lids, compost bins, piles of wood or debris, pet food and bird feeders.
- Check entrances to your home and where water and shelter are readily available.
- Reduce favourable conditions which would encourage rodents.
- Eliminate weeds, overgrown vegetation and piles of wood.
- Ensure garbage bins have tight fitting lids and are cleaned periodically.
- Eliminate where practical bird baths, standing water, as well as other water sources.
- Seal breaks or openings in the house, particularly near gutters, downpipes and roof areas, as rats and mice are able to squeeze through the smallest of holes.
RATSAK® Throw Packs are an excellent option for hard to reach places like the roof cavity. Follow baiting strategy instructions on your RATSAK® product. Eliminate as far as practical all alternative food sources. Place throw packs in the roof area and check regularly.