We’ve collated our top 5 posts rodent-related posts to remind you why rodents can be such a serious problem for homeowners and businesses alike, as well as to provide you with some rodent control tips and tricks this winter.
The recent cold snaps in Cape Town and Gauteng have resulted in our Rentokil contact centre receiving an increased volume of rodent-related calls from customers.
We’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite rodent-related blogs to remind you why rodents are a pesty problem, and what you can do about them.
What better post to start with than a reminder of exactly why having a rodent infestation can be such a problem? Rodents act as a vector for a wide range of disease-causing organisms including many species of virus, bacteria, protozoa and helminths (worms). They’re responsible for a host of nasty illnesses including Salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and tularemia, to name but a few.
Additionally, rodents indirectly carry diseases via ectoparasites; such as fleas, lice and mites. This blog takes a detailed look at the types of diseases that can be spread by rodents, and what to look out for.
Rodents fit the category of ‘pest’ like a glove: they compete for our food and water sources, spread disease, and nest in our homes and businesses. That being said, understanding some basic rodent facts will help you better solve a rodent-related pest control problem.
Being aware of the signs of pest activity on your premises is imperative to a successful pest management program. This blog takes you through what you should be looking out for in order to spot and prevent a rodent infestation.
Did you know that rats and mice can cause a huge amount of damage by chewing through electrical wires?
Because rodents’ teeth never stop growing (and can grow at a rate of 0.3mm per day) they gnaw on things constantly, in an attempt to file them down. In nature, they chew on things like grass, wood and even rocks, but in our homes, they seem to have a preference for wires! Rats and mice are known to be the source of many building fires and security alarm faults, as illustrated by the video below.
Pest control services can halt a pest infestation but they don’t necessarily eliminate the health risks that come with the presence of pests on your premises, especially rodents.
Residual Disinfection Services from Rentokil involves the application of a biocidal product – in the form of a spray of mist – to areas of your property affected by pest activity. This removes the microorganisms carried by pests and provides long-term protection against the ongoing risk of bacteria, mould, fungi, and spores. Why you need a disinfection service after your pest control service, in this blog, we explain the benefits of our residual disinfection services and how this service can assist in maintaining optimal health and safety in your business.
In this blog post we interview Michelle from Johannesburg, Gauteng, about her recent experience with Rentokil.
Michelle contacted Rentokil because she was sure she had a rodent problem at home when after a cold snap in Jo’burg, she all of a sudden started hearing – and seeing – a mouse scurrying around her house. Read more about her experience with Rentokil’s rodent control services in her testimonial.