Rats & Mice - Control Methods

Learn about and identify rat species and
safer and effective rat control products

The dirty rats...can burn Your house down...

There are two pest species of rats are commonly found in domestic and commercial premises - the brown rat and the black rat. The identification of each species is essential to formulate an effective control program.

Roof or Black Rat

Sewer or Brown Rat

House Mouse

Rats and mice carry obvious health risks from their droppings and constant incontinence.

Rats often cause electrical fires by gnawing on plastic electrical junction boxes. Rats must by nature routinely gnaw on hard objects to cut back their constantly growing incisor teeth.

Where do the rats / mice ... live and breed ?

Rats and mice live in drains, under concrete, in subfloors and in garbage refuse areas, kitchens, roof voids and other areas where a potential food and moisture source is available.

Rats and mice often become a serious problem in cold winter months (they come in from the cold), or excavation work disturbs there in ground nesting locations, or their food source is changed, such as, rats feeding in school premises may enter adjoining properties during the school holidays.

Rats are most often a problem where your property is located near waterways, creeks and canals or other places where ready water supply is available.

Keeping the Rats / Mice under control

Professional knowledge of the rodents habits is essential to eradicate a problem, for example, rats avoid bait touched by human hand - they have an acute sense of smell "cunning as a rat".
Pest control options may include the use of sticky straps, mechanical traps and the selective use of latest generation rat baits. Any rat baiting program should use safety dispensers placed in areas preferably that is secure from children and pets - such as in a roof void and sealed sub-floor and/or storage rooms.

Some of the rats / mice population have built up an immunity to the older RatSak (warfarin) style rat baits, due to the widespread use of such rat baits during the past 30 years.
Rodent proofing: As a preventive measure, we recommend that all potential rodent entry points into the building be sealed to physically exclude rats and mice from entering the building. In some cases, this can be carried out by the home owner or a handy man. In more complicated domestic and commercial environments, the pest controller provide a quotation and specifications for rodent proofing of the premises.
Sanitation / Housekeeping: Rodent pests thrive where food and water is readily available. All food stuffs should be kept in sealed containers or rooms. Garbage and refuse should be similarly stored. Water and food bowlsfor the pets or otherise should not be left out at night as this will encourage a rodent infestation in the building.

The cost and service warranties vary depending on the circumstances.

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