With predictions of a mice plague across parts of South Australia, now is a great time for home owners to ensure they are not unwittingly laying out the welcome mat for these pests, according to Weepa Products.
Weepa Technical Officer Mitch Flint said according to the CSIRO, there have been higher than expected mice numbers on the York Peninsula and Mid North of South Australia, with mice also breeding earlier than usual across the Adelaide Plains.
“According to reports, heavy rainfall in spring boosted population growth and after bumper grain crops, researchers are concerned mild summer conditions could lead to further breeding and a potential outbreak in autumn,” Mitch said.
Mr Flint said the risk was greatest in the grain growing areas and more regional communities. Although, they might not be causing trouble yet, the mice that are breeding now will be seeking food and dry warmth indoors as the temperatures cool down.
“This means now is the perfect time for everyone to take some simple steps to keep mice out of their home.
“Figuring out how pests are getting into your house can be frustrating and exhausting. Generally people think of doors and windows but often overlook the weep holes in their brick walls.
“Weep holes are important and allow for drainage and ventilation but they are also an entry point for pests including mice, rats, snakes, cockroaches and other creepy crawlies.
“Once inside pests will happy live inside your wall cavities, making excursions into every room of your home whenever they want through access points such as vents, poorly sealed cupboards, light fittings and piping penetrations.
“By stopping them coming through weep holes, all this can be prevented quickly, easily and cost-effectively.”
Weepa Protector Weep Hole Screens are made from 316 Stainless Steel and can be quickly and simply installed by the home owner using the applicator included in the back – as you can see from this video.
“The openings in the screens, which are less than 1.4mm in diameter, will keep out a huge variety of insects while allowing the critical airflow into your walls. Weepa Protectors are also bush fire compliant so they stop embers from entering your wall cavities and catching fire,” Mitch said.
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Weepa Protector Screens are available from Bunnings and all good hardware stores. For more information about Weepa Products and the Weepa Protector, and stockists, visit their website – www.weepa.com.au.
Other tips for ensuring you are protected include checking your windows, doors and screens, storing food and food waste in secure containers, removing stagnant water from around the home and checking and sealing open beams and eves.
Established in the early 1990s, Weepa Products’ focus is on developing innovative-patented products to solve particular problems with weep holes.
Weepa’s commitment to research and industry consultation has seen it grow into a specialised dynamic company making an important contribution to ‘best practice’ in the building industry.
Weepa also supply weep hole formers and covers for installation during the building process to create highly functional and attractive weep holes in cavity brick walls and rendered panel.
About Weepa Products
Weepa is an Australian owned family company founded in the early 90s.
Weepa supply weep hole formers and covers to create highly functional and attractive weep holes in cavity brick walls and rendered panel.
Our Products guard against the entry of embers and vermin including insects, mice, cockroaches and snakes into the wall cavity.
Our High Performance Bushfire Weepa can be used to meet your Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) compliance during construction.
Our range is available in Australia and New Zealand through good building supply and hardware outlets. Find your nearest Weepa stockist now.
Our focus is on developing innovative patented products to solve particular problems with weepholes. Our commitment to research and industry consultation has seen us grow into a specialised dynamic company making a growing contribution to ‘best practice’ in the building industry.
For more information about the Weepa Protector Weep Hole Screen including technical specifications visit www.weepa.com.au/products/protector-weep-hole-screens/.