What’s lurking in your yard or under your house? Rodents! And their waste and smells can be a serious problem. But you don’t have to live with them. Luckily, there are several solutions for rodent control in Singapore. This article will teach you why you should get rid of rodents in the house and why prevention and control of rodents are a must.
The risks of having rats at home
Rodents or rats can transmit over 35 diseases to people and animals. Diseases like leptospirosis, plague, are just a few that can be passed on to humans and pets by any of the following:
- Inhaling dust tainted with feces and urine of infected rodents.
- Ingesting food or water defiled with rodent’s hair, saliva, urine, and feces.
- Direct touching of infected rodent carcasses.
- Rat bites inject pathogens into the bloodstream.
- Bites from fleas, mites, and ticks that feed off infected rodents.
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Aside from spreading diseases, rodents can also damage your property with their gnawing and chewing. They are likely to cause fire when they chew through the electrical wiring of appliances and lighting fixtures.
The signs of rodents in the house
According to EPA, you could have a rodent infestation if you observe any of these signs:
- Chewed food packaging.
- Shredded fabric, paper, or dried plant that is used for building their nests.
- Rat droppings under the sink, in cupboards or drawers, and around food packages.
- Rotten smells emitting from hidden areas in your home.
- Chewed floors and walls that serve as entry points for rodents.
Methods for prevention and control of rodents
Rodents usually appear at night. They love it when the lights are already turned off so they can go about their business undisturbed. Have you ever asked yourself “why do I have mice in my house?” Check out this article to find out why and what can you do to prevent their growth.
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Cleaning up after an infestation
After pest control in your Singapore property has been done, you then need to clean up the evidence of infestation. You need to exercise caution when doing this to avoid getting infected by the pathogens that rodents carry. Wear a pair of rubber or latex gloves and use a disinfectant solution like a bleach solution (10% bleach and 90% water).
Spray rat droppings with the bleach solution and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Use paper towels to pick up the droppings and throw them inside a plastic garbage bag. Once the area is cleaned, spray again with the disinfectant.
To remove rat carcasses, spray the dead rodent with disinfectant and pick it up with your gloved hands. Dispose of it safely outside of your home. When you’re done cleaning up, discard the gloves and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Rodents in the house are a sign of a developing rodent problem. You can try to handle them on your own but always remember to be careful to avoid getting sick. If you’re not comfortable with pest management there’s always the NEA pest control and disinfection service specialist Greencare to hire. Just give us a call anytime!