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Rafiki Pest Control LTD
  • June 6, 2024

Rodents in Nyeri are a concern for many homes and business owners all year round. These invaders carry harmful bacteria and pass them in their excrement, resulting in severe diseases like hantavirus, salmonella, and leptospirosis. 

Besides significantly transmitting numerous disease-causing pathogens, rats and mice also carry several ectoparasites like fleas, mites, ticks, and lice. A rodent infestation in your commercial space can cause food contamination and severe legal consequences for your business. 

Suppose you suspect a rodent infestation or notice rodent activity on your premises. In that case, you should contact a pest control expert in Nyeri to exterminate the infestation before it can spread. Rafiki Pest Control experts provide highly effective strategies and modern solutions to kill rodents and keep them away from your premises. In addition to getting rid of rodents, their harborage, and food sources, we also provide 24/7 remote monitoring tools for total control and protection against rats and mice. 

What Do Rodents Need 

Our houses provide essential things that rats need to survive, including:

  • Shelter
  • Food 
  • Water 
  • Warmth

Why Are Rodents A Dangerous Pest 

Rats and mice cause countless problems and can't be allowed to linger in a home or business. Some of the dangers posed by a rodent infestation include:

  • Spread of many diseases, some of which may be fatal 
  • Damages to your property
  • Contamination of food storage and preparation areas
  • Damage to electrical wiring, which increases the risk of fires

How To Spot Rodents In Your Home 

Cold weather means many things for home and business owners. But besides the high heating bills and power outages, cold weather also means another serious woe- increased risks of rodent infestations. 

Nyeri experiences prolonged cold seasons, meaning that rodent pest threats are an all-year-round problem. As such, it's essential that you are aware of the signs of a rodent infestation. Unfortunately, most property owners never see a rat or mouse until the infestation is severe. 

Hence, our experienced pest experts have put together the following professional list to help you determine if your home indeed has an active rodent infestation: 

  • Stale smells coming from the hidden undisturbed areas
  • Signs of chewing or destroyed food packaging 
  • Rodent droppings are commonly found near food packages, under the sink, and in unused drawers. 
  • Small holes chewed through walls and floors to create entry points for rats and mice into your home
  • Nesting material includes shredded paper, fabric, wiring, and dried plant matter. 

How To Keep Rodents Away From Your Home

Once a rodent infestation has begun, it's hard to get rid of alone. So, the best way to deal with a rodent problem is to work and keep them away from your property. Below are practical steps on how to keep rodents away from your property for good: 

Seal Holes, Cracks, and Gaps 

While mice can squeeze through holes as small as a nickel, rats can slip through a hole the size of a half-dollar! Hence, you want to inspect the interior and exterior of your premises for small/significant gaps and holes and seal them using an appropriate rodent-resistant material like steel wool, caulk, cement, or plaster. It would help if you also considered installing weather-strip doors and windows to keep rodents away. 

Eliminate Possible Food Sources

Rodents have a varied diet but drool at the sight of fruits and berries. They are omnivorous pests, meaning they can virtually eat anything you do, including seeds, grains, and animal products.   

And because they are pretty resourceful, rodents will search and find things to eat in your home. So, you must be proactive and employ diligent measures like keeping garbage cans covered, storing pet food in rodent-proof containers, collecting fruits and vegetables that fall to the ground, and maintaining a clean home. 

Eliminate Rodent Habitat 

Don't give these creepy invaders a place to shelter. Get rid of clutter and remove debris like old appliances and cars from your property. Ensure woodpiles are stored at least 18 inches off the ground and roughly a foot from the wall. Please remove heavy vegetation and maintain a neat landscape, as rodents consider them perfect hiding spots. 

Trim Branches Hanging Over Your Roof 

Branches hanging over your roof provide a bridge for rodents into your house. Ensure that all vegetation, including trees, shrubs, and limbs, is at least four feet away from your home. Rodents aren't Olympic gods-they can't bridge the gap. 

Set Rodent Traps Indoors 

A wide variety of rodent traps are available to catch rats and mice in your house. The good news is that these DIY traps are safe for use around pets and children. 

Use Rodent Baits and Poisons Outside

Rodent baits are toxic, poisonous, and highly effective. Unless a pest control professional is installed, rodent baits should not be used indoors as they can harm pets and young babies. Ensure the toxic bait is secured in an enclosed, damage-proof bait station and keep it where children and pets can't reach. 

Call The Pros

Generally, the most effective way to eliminate and keep rodents away from your property is to call professional rodent controllers when you spot evidence of a rodent infestation. Rodents are associated with severe health risks and property damages, so you should never take chances when dealing with these frustrating pests. 

Rafiki Pest Control has specialized in rodent eradication by deploying innovative and effective rat and mouse extermination strategies. We will thoroughly inspect your entire property and employ advanced tactical techniques that eliminate rodents and prevent re-infestations. 

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