Dealing with rodent infestations can be a persistent and frustrating challenge for homeowners in the Western Cape region, especially when you consider that rats and mice not only cause significant damage to your property, but they can also pose health risks to you and your family.
Our team at Pest Control Pros West Coast will discuss effective strategies for rodent control that can help you tackle these pesky intruders, restoring peace and hygiene to your home again.
Having been in the pest control services industry for decades, our team of pest control experts at Pest Control Pros is licensed and equipped to offer an extensive range of pest control services to customers in Cape Town and along the West Coast.
These pest control services range from typical rodent, flea, ant, cockroach or termite control to specialized HACCP installations, which includes monitoring and ongoing control.
Our team is fully cognisant of local pest control trends, and our extensive experience allows us to provide professional preventative measures where possible, using the safest pest control measures possible to eradicate various pest infestations where they occur.
Effective Strategies for Rodent Control in Western Cape
These are basic strategies you can try on your own, in order to maintain control and take preventative measures when it comes to keeping rodents out, where they belong:
Seal Entry Points
At Pest Control Pros we believe in the maxim ‘prevention is better than a cure’, and in light of this, preventing rodents from entering your home is the first line of defence against possible infestations.
Rats and mice can squeeze through tiny openings, so it’s crucial to inspect your property for potential entry points.
Seal gaps around doors, windows, utility lines, and pipes using durable materials like steel wool, caulk, or wire mesh, while paying attention to openings in the foundation, vents, and roof as well.
By sealing off these access points, you can significantly reduce the chances of rodents finding their way indoors, which is first prize.
Eliminate Food Sources
Food is a primary motivator for rodents to invade homes, and they’re hungry pests! Try to store all food, including pet food, in sealed containers that rodents cannot access.
Keep your kitchen clean and free of crumbs or spills that can attract rodents. Regularly empty and clean garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, and avoid leaving food waste exposed outside.
While these actions may seem a bit OCD, simply by removing their food sources, you can decrease the likelihood of rodents choosing your home as their gourmet spread.
In our experience, we’ve found that a clean and clutter-free home is less appealing to rodents, which makes regular de-cluttering essential, especially in areas like basements, attics, and storage spaces, which is where rodents like to hide.
Set Traps and Use Baits
If you’ve identified a rodent infestation, using traps and baits can be an effective method of control, such as Snap traps, live traps, and glue boards, which are commonly used to catch rodents.
Place these traps along walls, near known entry points, or in areas where droppings or gnaw marks have been found.
For bait, use peanut butter, cheese, or commercially available rodent baits that are formulated to attract rodents. Remember to place traps and baits well out of reach of children and pets.
Seek Professional Pest Control When all Else Fails
While the above strategies can help manage minor rodent issues, severe infestations often require professional assistance. Our team at Pest Control Pros West Coast have the knowledge, experience, and tools to effectively eliminate rodents from your home.
We can perform a thorough inspection, which is free of charge, identify entry points, and develop a customised eradication plan. We also offer preventive measures, in order to minimize the chances of future infestations, providing you with long-term peace of mind
When it comes to rodent control in the Western Cape, it’s important to take a proactive approach. Implementing these effective strategies can help you keep rodents at bay and maintain a pest-free home.
However, if you find yourself overwhelmed or unable to resolve the issue on your own, contact our friendly team at Pest Control Pros for an obligation free quotation to rid your home of these pests.
Our team of experts is dedicated to providing safe, efficient, and reliable rodent control services to protect your home and ensure your well-being.