Once your rodent problem has been resolved, thoroughly clean your kitchen.
- Dilute some bleach or use a product such as Domestos to sanitise your surfaces or any areas that mice and rats might have been. It’s advisable to always read the instructions on your cleaning products and to use gloves or protective clothing if necessary. Be sure to clean your floors and wipe behind and underneath your appliances.
Tips for Preventing Further Rodent Infestations
Once you get rid of the mice and rats in your home, you need to make sure that they won’t come back. Here are a few precautionary measures:
Create a rat repellent by sealing off all possible entry points around your home: Inspect your floors, ceiling and walls to block any cracks or holes. You’ll be surprised at how easily a rodent can squeeze through a very small space so seal even the tiniest of gaps. Doors and window frames are another common area that rodents get in so check those too.
Store your food correctly: Use thick plastic containers and glass to store your food to make it difficult for rodents to access it. Throw away any leftover food as soon as you can and don’t leave anything on countertops that might attract rats and mice. It’s also a good idea to secure your dustbin lids both inside and outside.
Maintain the outside of your house: Keep your municipal bins as far away from the house as possible as a rodent control measure. Keep your garden and walkways free from leaves or objects that rodents can hide in as they don’t like open spaces.
By getting rid of mice and rats sooner rather than later and taking regular precautions, you should be able to keep your home rodent free.