Rodent control 101: how to identify pests and protect your home

Have you been noticing peculiar signs of activity like gnaw marks, droppings and strange noises at night? This all may lead to one problem — rodents. While this may be a scary reality for you and your home, we are here to help you isolate the causes, treat the situation and protect your properties from future invasions. Explore this guide to rodent control and bring back normality to your life.

Ratting out the suspects with rodent control

Tackling a rodent infestation requires a few important elements. One is a keen attention to detail on where the problem is occurring and secondly, an informed and careful approach to eliminating the problem. Understanding the category of rodent you are dealing with helps narrow the situation at hand. To do this, learn how to identify the differences between rats and mice. Our resource helps to correctly pin down your culprit and the importance of treating the invasion as soon as possible.

The importance of rodent control

You must act quickly to not just eliminate an irritating pest but to avoid several health and safety concerns.

Health reasons

  • Rats and mice carry disease, by both their droppings and urine which can dry into dust and become airborne, allowing for an easier spread of viruses we breathe in.
  • They contaminate foods and pantry spaces.

Logistical concerns

  • Rats and mice can chew through electrical wiring, causing electrical faults and ultimately lead to fire hazards.
  • Their burrowing and nesting tendencies destroy building materials like insulation and wood. Don’t let rodents cause undue structural damage to your property when you can avoid and eliminate it timeously.

Oh, rats! Beat pests at their rat race

Rodent control requires a number of actions. Between rodent-proofing your home and using the right solutions, these actions will help work towards a complete action plant to remove and eliminate future rodent issues. 

Rodent control: Pest prevention checklist


Step one of starting your rodent prevention action plan is a thorough observation of both your outdoor and indoor areas. Pinpoint where signs of rodent activity is taking place, as well as the proximity to your commonly used areas. Is there a tie between what you do, leave behind and the rodent evidence you find?


Next, work on the areas you have identified as problem spots. Remove any debris, rubbish and leftover waste that is all too inviting for a rat or mouse to take refuge. Also, be sure to pick up fallen fruit and pet food left outside and tidy any remains from outdoor entertaining. 

Prevent entry 

Once you have completed your tidying, look to points of access to your home and seal them off. Also trim back trees and shrubs so that they are at least one metre away from your rooftop, walls and vents. Apply mesh over vents, seal and caulk cracks, holes and crevices. If necessary, use expanding foam in spaces where rodents could creep in. 

Maintain diligence 

As a final step to your rodent prevention action plan, keep in mind you there isn’t a last step. You must remain active in your approach — this involves keeping a clean home, removing rubbish regularly and sealing food and pet food securely in containers.

Solutions and how to use to them

To achieve complete pest control in your home and garden, use the correct solutions. Explore our wide rodenticide product range, which provides many options that suit your needs and preferred methods. When taking action on your rodent problem, we emphasise the need to avoiding adverse toxicity effects on the environment through secondary poisoning. This is where predatory creatures who prey on rats and mice get poisoned by consuming a poisoned rodent.

Efekto works towards providing the best pest control solutions with minimal effect on the environment. In striving to accomplish this, we are proud to share that we have achieved a world-first with Efekto Eco Rat. This product is the safest product on the market, proven to reduce harm and secondary poisoning through using the ingredient cholecalciferol, or better known as vitamin D3. 

Place your Efekto Rat Bait Station in common pathways like ledges, fence rails, and against foundation spaces. Another area to consider is near your compost pile where food scraps may attract rats and mice. Be sure to avoid putting meat and dairy in this pile and stick to composting fruit, vegetable, garden refuse and eggshell waste.

If you have questions regarding common concerns about pest control and how our rodenticides work, explore our FAQS page and read our information sheet for Efekto Eco Rat.

Put a dent in your rodent problem

All the best in applying these guides and solutions to achieve complete rodent control. If you have any further questions on our products and how to use them, contact us.