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How Do You Know If You Have Rat or Mice in Your House?

Droppings on the floor, bite marks on fruits and gnaw marks on containers are some of the signs that you will need to look out for to determine whether rats and mice live in your house. Rats and mice can contaminate food, spreading disease and cause extensive damages to roof insulation, books, wires, electrical appliances, furniture and everything in between. They will chew away anything that gets in-between their teeth!

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Habit and Habitats of Rats and Mice:

Mice and rats will live in safe and dry places that are close to food and water supply. That’s why we usually find rats and mice in ceilings and walls. These habitats protect them from their predators and facilitate nesting. Some rats live in storage areas like sheds, composite piles, and wood piles that offer space to nest and sleep undisturbed.

Signs of Rats and Mice Infestations:

Droppings

Droppings that look like black pellets are strong indicators that you have rodents in your home. If you find droppings in different sizes, then it indicates the presence of different sized rats and mice. While mice droppings are about 1-2 cm long in brown/black colour, the rat droppings look similar but are usually larger.

Odour

Another sign that you may notice is a very distinct, musky, pungent odour throughout your house. When rodents invade a home, they leave droppings and urine all over the nest site. So, if you smell the bad odour in your home, a nearby rodent nest or a dead rodent could be the source.

Gnawed Holes

Mice tend to leave small holes with clean-cut edges in containers whereas rats leave bigger holes with rougher edges. So, if you find nibble marks on furniture, boxes, containers, papers, and other items around your house, most likely your house is infested by rats or mice.

Pet Behaviour

Pets like cats and dogs get disturbed when they smell or hear rodents in your home. If you notice that your pet pays extra attention to any specific area of your home that they had no interest in before, this might be a sign that they have seen, smelt or heard a rodent in your home.

Noises

Rats and mice are nocturnal, meaning that they are active at night. If you hear a scratching noise from your ceiling, roof, yard, shed or garage during night times, it indicates that you have mice or rats in your home. Sometimes, you may even spot them scurrying across the floor if you are up late.

How to Deal with Rodent Infestation?

If you see one mouse or rat, you may have more than one. There are several things you could attempt such as using traps or baiting. With trapping, you will need to seal any potential entry points.

Hire a Pest Control Expert:

If you are not sure which type of rodent has infested your property, you can call the experts at Positive Pest Solutions for professional help. The experts will conduct a thorough pest inspection of your property and look for signs to determine the type of pest invaded your home. Based on the findings, the pest control experts implement the right rodent control techniques to make your home or business pest-free.

How to Keep Rodent Out Of Your Home This Winter?

Rodent may look cute in the movies but not in the house. They are a triple threat to homeowners as they can destroy property, contaminate food and spread serious diseases. As the winter is approaching, the rodent can settle into your home, especially in the kitchen, which offers everything from food, water, and warmth to shelter that the rats and mice are looking for. A rodent can easily get into your home. They will squeeze through a small hole and colonise in burrows, porches, attics, walls, concrete and other hard-to-reach places.

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Common Types of Rodent:

Mice and rats are the most common types of rodent you are more likely to encounter in your home. Rats are larger than mice and grow up to 19 inches (48cm) long, whereas mice are smaller rodent that typically measures about six to seven inches (17cm) long. Other types of rodent such as squirrels and possums may also find their way into the home and cause trouble and make a mess around your home. 

Warning Signs of Infestation:

Wondering if you are dealing with a rodent infestation? Look out for these three warning signs:

Droppings: If you find droppings of the rodents, you are certainly dealing with an infestation. If more droppings are found around your home, you are likely to be dealing with a larger infestation.

Noises: If you hear scratching or squeaking noises coming from inside your walls, it could be a sign of a rodent infestation. As the rodent are nocturnal, they are more active during night times.

Nests: Rats and mice build their nests in your attic, walls or basement using shredded paper, insulation and other materials. Nests are usually found in warm areas in close proximity to water and food.

Dangers and Risks Of Rodent:

Property Damage: Mice and rats can wreak havoc on your home’s structure. Rodent tends to dig through food containers in your kitchen cupboard, chew holes through walls and shred ceiling insulation, causing extensive damages to the property.

Disease & Allergic Reactions: Rodent saliva and droppings can transmit serious diseases such as leptospirosis, Hantavirus, Salmonella, and other illnesses. Some individuals can suffer from mild to severe allergic reactions when they come in contact with rodent droppings.

What Attracts Rats To Your Home?

During the harsh winter months, only fewer food sources are readily available. That’s why rodent find their way into your home when it gets cold outside. There are other factors too which can attract rats to your house.

  • Leaf piles, woodpiles, shrubs, a heap of debris, and other areas that provide shelter.
  • A messy home where the food spills and leftovers are left unclean.
  • When there is easy access to food and water sources.
  • Pet food or excrement
  • Ways to enter your home

How to Keep Rodent Away This Winter?

Eliminate Entry Points:

Inspect your home for loose siding, cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows and holes around dryer vents. Seal such openings in which mice could enter.

Store Your Goodies:

Make sure all of your food is stored in sealed containers to hinder their easy access. Pet foods are a common draw for rats and mice, so keep pet food sealed as you do with your food.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean:

An unclean kitchen with bits of food on counters, floors, and sink can attract rodent into your home. By keeping your countertops and other surfaces free from food and residue, you can prevent rodent from coming in.

Remove The Clutter:

A rodent can thrive in areas such as garages, attics, and basements where there are lots of clutters. Performing a quick tidying-up can make these areas less tempting for rats and mice. Clear out stacks of newspapers, books, magazines, and other junks. Also, make sure your stored items are organised and kept above the ground.

Maintain Landscaping:

Before winter approaches, perform landscaping and yard maintenance. Trim those branches that hang very close to your house. Remove weeds and fallen leaves to ensure that the rodents have only a fewer hiding place.

Call The Professionals:

It does not take a long time for a rodent problem to go out of control. So, as soon as you notice the warning signs of rats and mice, turn towards Positive Pest Solutions for rodent control treatments. We will thoroughly inspect your property and recommend the best treatment to keep your home and family safe from rodent infestation.

 

What to Do When You Find Termites in Your Property?

6 Signs of Termite Infestation in Your Home

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Identifying termite infestation will not only helps preventing damage, but also enables you to spot and kill the pesky creatures before they turn out to be a great problem. Whether you are a landlord, homeowner or a property manager, you should inspect the property regularly or have a professional come to your home to treat it with preventive products. But, how will you identify the pest infestation? Well, here are some tell-tale signs of termite infestation that you should look for.

  • Mud Tunnels:

The most common sign of a termite infestation is the mud tunnel. Termites love privacy, and when they can’t find a way underground, they build mud tunnels to go about their business. You may notice these mud tunnels from your walls, concrete foundation, backyard’s patio and other wooden structures around your home.

  • Discarded Wings:

If you spot dried, scattered wings around your doors, windows, air vents or other openings into your home, it is quite a common sign of a termite infestation. The problem is that the shed wings signify reproduction, meaning that the termite family is about to get larger.

  • Swarmers

A termite colony will swarm if the current home is not big enough for the population. They move out and look for a better place to raise their family.  If you spot flying termites near light sources, this is a strong sign that your home is at risk.

  • Cracked Or Hollowed Wood:

You should regularly check for cracks and hollows on the wooden furniture, skirting boards, floor boards and other wooden structures within your property. Remember that termites get in from underneath, so you want to keep an eye on these sure-fire signs.

  • Droppings:

Termite droppings look quite like sawdust piled up around your doorstep, furniture and other wooden materials around your property. These piles are formed by the termites pushing the droppings out of their nest.

  • Noise:

If you put your ear close to the walls or any infested wood, you can hear clicking sound. This actually comes from the termites as they bang their heads against the walls of their nest.

What Should Be Done If You Find Termites?

If you spot termites in your home, do not disturb them. Avoid treating them yourself with regular household fly sprays. Do not touch these critters and their workings. This is because termites have survival instincts which allow them to feel disruption and move to another spot and keep doing the damage to your house.

If you have already tried to kill the termites by spraying or using any other pest control technique, don’t panic. Simply seal up their workings with a tape to prevent access of light as much as you can, but make sure that you do not disturb them anymore.  

Next, give our pest control team a call on 0413397270 or fill in our online contact form to organise a full termite inspection on your property. Our termite control experts will come to your home and perform a thorough termite inspection. They will inspect all the areas in and around your property that are more vulnerable to termite infestation.

Once we are done with the inspection, our team will provide you with a detailed report on our findings and specify areas that are at high risk of future infestations. Based on the level of infestation, we will use the most effective termite control method that not just kills these pesky creatures in a particular area but eliminates all the colonies including the queen which could be 100 metres away from your house. We will also install termite barriers to prevent future infestation.

Positive Pest Solutions only uses Termidor from BASF when doing the termite treatment and we are proud to be a Termidor HE accredited installer.

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Follow-Up Service:

Our termite control process includes a follow-up service whereby we will visit your home to recheck for termites. If we find any evidence for termite activity, we will do another treatment process until the termites are completely eliminated from your property.

A Guide to Finding Wasps Nest in Your Property

Wasp Nest Removal

Common Paper Wasps are the most widespread wasp variety found in Melbourne. The life cycle of a wasp begins in the late spring when the days start to warm. The queen chooses a nest site and starts building the nest by shredding wood. When she chews the wood, her saliva turns into a wax-type material which helps to build the nest. Then, the queen wasp starts laying eggs inside these cells. The eggs will hatch and she will forage for food to feed the larvae. By midsummer, the larvae becomes adult, making the nest densely populated. In late summer and early autumn, fertile females and drones are produced.

Common Paper Wasps offer some ecological benefits such as pollination, parasitism, and predation. However, wasps can give you a painful sting as it becomes very offensive particularly in autumn. Since Common Paper Wasp nest are commonly found in a residential area, people might start to notice the increasing presence of wasps and unintentional interference to their nest is often unavoidable. They won’t tolerate any interference to their nest and many people in Melbourne get stung by wasps.

Is It A Wasp or A Bee?

Bees (especially honey bees) and wasps are often mistaken for one another. While both are capable of stinging people, there are some noticeable differences between them. One of them is wasps have a slender body that narrows along the waist area that is shiny sleek. On the other hand, bees have tiny hairs all over their bodies.

The honeybee is normally passive, it will only sting when it feels attacked. They can only sting once & dies when they sting. Wasps are aggressive & they can sting multiple times.

Bees are usually seen around flowers, collecting pollen and nectar Wasps are usually seen around food and drink. Knowing these differences will help to prevent unfortunate encounters with these insects. Moreover, you can find the best pest control method either to remove or to exterminate them.

Where to Look for The Wasps Nests?                         

Wasps cover up their nests within the roof spaces or wall voids of a building, making it extremely difficult to find them. You can often find wasp nests in roof spaces, bird boxes, wall cavities, under eaves, garages and shades.

Other Places to Look For:

  • Trees
  • Bushes
  • Behind shutters
  • Near light fixtures
  • Beneath concrete
  • Under rocks
  • Mailbox stands
  • Crack or crevice of a building
  • Unused grills
  • Eaves, Decks, and patios
  • Bellow fallen logs

Signs to Look For:

  • Follow the Flight Path:

As wasps return to the nest to feed their queen, you can see them leaving their nest frequently throughout the day. If you follow the flight path of the swarming wasp, you can find the nest location.

  • Listen to The Buzzing Sound:

If the nest is in an out-of-the-way location, you can depend on the sound to find it. With a nest containing thousands of insects, you will hear buzzing sound which ensures their presence.

Wasp removal is difficult, especially if you don’t have adequate knowledge of dealing with it. To successfully identify and remove wasp nests, consulting with an expert is the best thing to do. Call us at 0413397270 if you suspect wasps’ infestations or require bee nest removals.

Expert Advice to Get Rid of Ants This Summer

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Summer is a busy season for ants. They search and store food for the long winter. Not only these ants inhabit houses, but are also found in backyard, garden and in your car too. While most ants are just household nuisances, some species are extremely dangerous and can pose serious health issues. Look around your home, and if you see these creepy crawlies, it is best to take immediate action to get rid of them.

Simple Tips to Keep the Invading Ants Out Of Your Property This Summer:

Identify The Type Of Ant:

The first step of ant control is to identify what type of ant you have in your property. This is an extremely crucial way to get rid of these sneaky critters as quickly as possible. Basically, there are three main types of ants and they include

  • Carpenter ants –make tunnels inside the wood
  • Fire ants – sting and damage the roots of the plants.
  • Odorous house ants – release a terrible odour when crushed.

Once you have determined the type of ant you have, you can take further steps to get rid of them.

Keep Your Home Clean To Deter Ants:

A clean house is the first line of defense against ants. So, wipe up spills, sweep up food crumbs and remove the garbage immediately. Spraying vinegar mixed with water in your dining areas can keep ants away.

  • Clean crumbs and spill immediately
  • Store food in sealed containers
  • Seal and repair cracks, gaps and holes that potentially give access to ants to your property
  • Keep your trees and plant hedges trimmed away from the house

Find Ant Nests

Another solution to an ant problem is to get rid of their nest. Ants prefer damp areas such as bathrooms, attics, and exterior walls. You can also look for areas with water damages to track down the ant nest.

Remember Your Yard:

If you find ant hills or mounds in your yard, you can spot treat it with an outdoor insecticide. Mow the grass and trim down bushes, trees and shrubs on a regular basis to keep them away from your home. Also seal and repair gaps, holes and cracks to prevent ants from entering your property.

Call The Professional:

If you have serious ant infestation and feel that you are unable to tackle the situation on your own, you can call the professionals of Positive Pest Solutions. We have qualified specialists and have invested in the latest pest control techniques that allow us to provide efficient services to our customers. Call 0413397270 and schedule an appointment for quick, thorough and permanent ant control solutions.

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