Pests are a frustrating reality for any homeowner.
Every responsible homeowner does a lot of work to keep the home pest-free. Being human, though, we always miss a spot or two. In these gaps, bugs, mice, and other unwanted guests can come through. When that happens, fighting them off requires knowing how to handle the problem.
As an old cartoon used to say, “knowing is half the battle.”
In South Perth, the three most common pests are rats, varying species of snakes, and mosquitoes.
Baiting is a sensible tactic for handling rats.
Poison bait is best in only one or two spots, the areas most travelled by the pests. Two weeks is the minimum if you want to reduce numbers. You’ll usually only see the deaths about seven days after eating the bait, but it can take up to two weeks.
If you use bait, be sure to read any safety instructions. The manufacturers have directions for how to use them. You also need to know what to do in case someone in the family ingests it.
Be sure to keep the bait away from children, pets, and from your food.
For mosquitoes, the best method for dealing with the pest is to prevent breeding. These pests can infest any home that’s lax in the standard procedure.
You’ll want to remove any sources of stagnant water. If you can’t remove them – say, they’re pot plant bases or blocked gutters – you’ll need to find a way to cover them instead.
Fish ponds will have need actual fish. Swimming pools have to be empty or chlorinated if not in use. Birdbaths and fountains undergo weekly screening and cleaning.
Do you have rainwater tanks? You want to screen those.
Foliage can harbour mosquitoes, too. Cut them back, both to keep them from being home to bugs and to prevent them from being unsightly.
Your home should have fly screen doors and windows and kept in good condition. Septic tank lids have to be sealed, so the bugs don’t fly into them and use them to breed.
As for snakes, that can be a complicated matter.
Snakes linger in Perth mostly during the spring and summer. A large number of species are toxic and poisonous. Different species behave in a variety of ways, so it’s difficult to cover all you need to know in one place.
The best course of action when you encounter a snake in your home in South Perth is to call the authorities. Some species might are under the Wildlife Conservation Act, which means you have to call in the right people.
You’ll most likely find snakes in wood piles or green waste. If there are mice in the area, the snake will linger there as well. Cutting long grass can reduce the cover the snakes use as a hiding place.