Top 3 Mistakes You Might Be Doing That Prevents You from Having Effective Home Proofing Against Rodents

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What is the best way to get rid of rodent infestation? Mousetraps? Will you need special baits to lure the vermin and effectively get rid of them? Or you might already know the solution but unfortunately, you're doing it all wrong!


Presently, with the unprecedented crisis brought by the pandemic, rodents have been on the rise due to the constraints in their usual food sources. The rat activity in Sydney has undoubtedly put pressure on the urgent need for reliable Sydney Pest Control rodent exterminators.


From being unpleasant nuisance pests to highly carriers of disease that can threaten your family's health safety, rodents are undeniably NOT welcome to any Sydney home – not even close the perimeters within the property! So let us reveal the things that are preventing you from having effective (and successful) home-proofing.

What Are the Home Proofing and Mouse Trapping Mistakes You're Doing?

Once you found yourself with a rodent infestation problem, we understand how it can be stressful. And it gets even more frustrating when it seems nothing works the way it supposed to be – effectively get rid of the vermin invaders!

Home Proofing Mistake #1: Proper placement of mousetrap matters!

You must get every entryway covered, or else all your hard work and attempt to mouse-proof your home would only be put in vain. You must be certain that you're using enough traps. They usually stick together and move in numbers so a single mousetrap won't suffice. Plus with the rapid rate of their reproduction, they can quickly spread thus making the rodent infestation persist!

One of the distinct characters of rodents is being overly cautious. They tend to stick close to the walls and stealthily move near fences, bushes, or any other clutter they can use for cover. So when setting up a trap, choose the proper placement and make them comfortable first (wherein letting the traps sit for a few days without bait). If you're not careful enough, they can simply sidestep the traps. What you need to do is position the traps perpendicular to the walls and about 2 to 10 feet apart in the areas the rodents are most frequent. This also includes placing the traps near their nesting area and food sources.

Home Proofing Mistake #2: Choosing the right bait is critical.

A good rule of thumb when using mouse traps is to understand what could effectively lure the rodents in taking a bite (and hopefully be able to catch or eradicate these pests). Just like any other pests, they have their favorites. Though they are not much of a picky eater, there exist some mouse-approved food choices such as the following:

  • Nuts (From almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and even peanut butter)

  • Bacon

  • Chocolate, Jerky, and Gumdrops

  • Fruits and berries

  • Oatmeal

  • Pet food

And yes contrary to our initial beliefs, cheese is not quite effective as bait. Even common rats don't touch or eat cheese. Instead, you can use any of the mentioned edibles as baits and rest assured they can't resist the temptation – as they'll be instantly ready to nibble and gnaw!

Home Proofing Mistake #3: Ruining the full potential of your mouse traps.

Rodents can squeeze through a dime-sized crack or openings that might be even the size of a nickel. Once inside your home, they tend to be wary of the surroundings. Did you know that they get easily conscious of any new objects placed in their frequent routes? Yes, that indeed is why you have made them familiarized with the traps first – thus giving a higher chance for it to effectively function in the fullest potential of catching them.

Here are some of the common reasons behind why your mousetrap had failed to work as it supposes to:

  • Marking the traps with your scent – Did you know that rodents can detect scents that had unintentionally spoiled the bait? Being quite sensitive pests, they can smell the traps you've to handle and may stay away from it. So it is advisable to wear gloves when handling baits and setting up the traps. Plus it can be helpful when handling traps after a pest has been caught by it.

  • Being too generous with the bait – A small portion is enough and highly recommended because rodents can steal some of it (chip off some crumbs) if it is large-sized bait.

  • Giving the rodents a head-start – Apparently, starting slow in your pest control preventive measure is a big "NO". Once you spotted one or saw any signs of rodent infestation like droppings and markings, you have to act fast. Studies show that more rodents are most likely to be caught on the first night you set out traps.

Contact Safe Pest Control today and you can experience a 100% guaranteed solutions for the pest extermination and safe spray pest control against rodents! Visit our Service page to learn more about what we can do for you. Plus get a chance for a FREE quotation!

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