With all the storms we’ve seen over the last few weeks, the battle against rodent pests, especially Brown Rats, is as fraught as ever. Storms and flooding not only pose immediate threats to homes and businesses but can also create ideal conditions for Brown Rats to seek refuge and multiply. Let’s take a look at how you can improve your ability to stop their entry after storms and maintain effective rodent control strategies, with some pest control tips, amidst natural challenges.
Weak Spots in Your Home:
The physical damage caused by storms, including broken windows, damaged roofs, and compromised foundations, creates entry points for Brown Rats. These opportunistic pests can exploit these vulnerabilities to gain access to your property. Regular inspections and swift repairs are important to fortify your space and keep rats out.
Stagnant Waters and Brown Rat Hot-spots:
Flooding creates pockets of stagnant water, an enticing attraction for Brown Rats. These rodents need to consume a relatively large amount of water for their size (up to 60 ml per day) in order to survive. In addition, they are very good swimmers and may use flooded areas to access new locations. Adequate drainage and the elimination of standing water are vital steps in preventing Brown Rats from thriving.
Storms can disrupt natural habitats, forcing Brown Rats out of their ground burrows in search of new shelter and food sources. Flooding, in particular, can leave Brown Brown Rats with no choice but to seek refuge in drier environments, such as homes and buildings. To discourage rodent activity, prioritise secure food storage, efficient waste disposal, and regular cleaning to reduce the attraction of these pests.
Diseases After the Storm:
The mess left by storms and floods makes it easier for diseases to spread. Brown Rats are known carriers of diseases such as Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, and Salmonellosis. Their droppings, urine, and saliva can contaminate surfaces and food, posing a serious health risk to occupants. Keeping things clean and fixing water damage quickly helps stop these diseases from spreading.
Brown Rats unique natural abilities to take advantage of storm damage:
Brown Rats are very flexible; they can squeeze through very small openings. Brown Rats can fit through gaps as small as a 20 cent coin. This makes it tricky to seal up all the tiny cracks they can slip through.
They are excellent climbers. So, even if their way is blocked at ground level, they might find another way in from above, using trees, vines, or damaged roofs.
Brown Rats’ teeth keep growing throughout their lifetime, so they need to gnaw on things to keep them in check. They can chew through wood, plastic, and even some metals. If they can’t find an opening, they might just create one themselves, posing a challenge to secure our homes.
Understanding how Brown Rats operate is crucial for effective pest control. To keep them out, seal up openings, use materials that can withstand weather, and consider landscaping that discourages them. Staying ahead of them helps protect our homes, especially after the unpredictable weather we often face.
Facing storms and floods means dealing with more than just bad weather. It means being smart about keeping Brown Rats away from our homes. Regular checks, quick fixes, and tools that can handle the weather are our best friends in this battle. Remember, keeping Brown Rats away is not just about now; it’s about making our homes safe and comfy for the long run, no matter what the weather brings.