The roof of your home provides a sense of shelter, security and safety. On the flip side, it can also be a haven for various rodents and pests to infest, grow and eventually create a nuisance. Pests such as possums, rats, mice and snaked are commonly found in the roofs of Australian households. Aside from jeopardising peace and quiet in the home, pests can also be a potential health hazard through the spread of disease, and may cause significant damage to your roof, electrical or plumbing works. If worse comes to worse you’ll need to call in a professional pest control service to eliminate and prevent the pests. But for now, let us look at other options of how to control and prevent pests in your roof.
For rats and mice, the most popular way of controlling them is by setting up traps. These vary in size, capacity and dimensions to accommodate the different species of rats and mice found in roofs. Alternatively, if you prefer chemical methods you can try sprays, baits and anticoagulants which are all effective ways to eliminate rodents from reproducing and replicating. If using chemicals ensure that you keep these out of reach of pets and children as they are poisonous. To prevent rats and mice from entering your roof, we recommend regular maintenance of the roof at least once or twice a year. This involves cleaning the external of the roof. Clearing gutters, and checking for cracked or broken tiles where pests may be able to get in.
For preventing possums from entering your roof space the method is much the same as above, regular maintenance is recommended. The thing to be mindful of is that possums are nocturnal creatures, so you need to pick an appropriate time to seal holes and gaps and set up traps in your roof so as not to seal them in. Unlike rats or mice, you don’t want to poison Possums. You could try putting spikes along fences, trimming hedges and bushes, or cutting down overgrown trees. Additionally, having a strong light source on your roof may also drive them away due to their nocturnal nature.
Birds can also become a pest if they nest in the roof. The best way to stop them from entering is to use chicken wire, other wire systems or netting. Repellents, traps, destruction of their nest or using ultrasonic are also proven effective ways to prevent and control birds on your roof.
Snakes are also a dangerous pest that can be found anywhere in your home, including your roof, particularly during the spring and summer seasons. Traps, repellents and sprays generally do not work in getting rid of them. Therefore, it is important to make your property less attractive to snakes, by clearing out any rubbish or debris, trimming bushes and plants, sealing any gaps and holes, especially under doors, concrete or rocks, sealing any holes in your home and gaps around windows and doors.
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