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Rodents in Your Home

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As the cooler months approach, mice and other rodents often seek shelter indoors. Homes across Melbourne, both new and old, can often become the safe haven for these unwelcome squatters.

Rodents in the home are a pest for several reasons: they can carry and pass on disease, they can eat through electrical wiring causing electrical faults and they can even be the cause of household fire.

Most people can hear mice and rats in the walls or ceiling of their home if they are present but other signs that they are around include small droppings, damage caused by gnawing, or actually seeing them.

The best way to tackle the problem of mice and rats is with preventative measures. Block up any cracks, gaps or holes inside and outside your home with steel wool, silicon or other similar material. Also do the same for bird aviaries and chicken houses. Trim back vines and trees from your house and buildings. Rodents are good climbers and diggers. Also, don’t leave any food source around for rodents to feed on. Mice will even eat pet food so secure your pet’s food in pest proof containers.

If, however, a small number of rodents are present, snap traps, for both rats and mice can be used. They can be purchased from hardware shops and most supermarkets. Good baits include bacon, ground beef, fish, cheese, rolled oats, peanut butter, fresh pumpkin seeds and apple. Traps should be secured so they will not be dragged off. Inspect traps daily.

There are also a number of rodent poisons on the market. Some are more effective than others. If one type of poison does not appear to be working, change to another kind. It normally takes a number of feeds for the bait to start killing rodents. Baits should be replaced or topped up until the activity ceases.

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