Natural Pest Removal and Deterrent Strategies

Welcome to my blog—unless you are a cockroach. If you are a cockroach, prepare to get crushed! As you can probably already tell, I hate bugs. I have nothing against smashing them flat and dead. However, I am also an environmentalist, and I don't like the idea of using potentially harmful chemicals to deter, kill or remove pests. If you feel the same way, this blog is for you. I am going to explore everything from natural remedies to get rid of bugs to tips on choosing an environmentally friendly pest control person. Whether you have mice, rat, cockroaches, ants or other pests, I hope this blog helps you get rid of them naturally and efficiently!

Wet Spring Leads to Rodent Infestation


According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the relatively rainy spring that inhabitants of South Australia and Victoria have seen will lead to a worrying infestation of rodents. The wetter conditions seen at the end of 2016 have led to mice and rats breeding earlier than they otherwise would have done. CSIRO states that the increase in the length of time of the breeding season may mean that as many as 1,000 mice per hectare being produced in the autumn of 2017.

Ecological researcher Steve Henry of the CSIRO said that because South Australians had experienced one of the wettest springs on record for the state, there was a greater harvest yield. Therefore, more food for rodents was available which, in turn, lead to them breeding in early August. Most rodents which feed on field crops don't start breeding until September, so their numbers are understandably predicted to be higher.

Farm Pest Control

At the moment rodent control measures are already in place on many farms across South Australia with bait being laid to try and limit their growth. The Grains Research and Development Corporation has tried to coordinate efforts among farming communities by developing a smart device programme that will help farmers to monitor where rodents are and in what sort of numbers. The so-called MouseAlert app gives farm workers an indication of rodent populations in a simple map-based format.

Community Pest Control

Towns and cities are likely to face more invasive behaviour from rodents as their numbers grow, especially once farmers begin to harvest their crops and remove their most convenient food source. Therefore, pest controllers are likely to be in demand over the course of the year. From possum removal in Adelaide to rat elimination in Melbourne, city dwellers will probably need to call upon professional pest control services more than ever before in 2017.

Steel wool placed in the potential access points of your home can deter rodent infestations, but the state authorities in South Australia and Victoria are calling on communities to report sightings of rodents to them in order to help prevent a recurrence of the last 'plague' of mice in the area which occurred in 1993. Back then, $96 million worth of destruction was said to have been caused by rodents, which have few natural predators in Australia. Cars, electrical installations and buildings were all damaged by the large numbers of rodents during that crisis and the authorities want to avoid a similar outcome this year.

For more information, contact companies like Allstate Pest Control.


16 March 2017