Rats & Mice

Rats & mice are well adapted to living in very close association with humans, sharing food and shelter ... but that doesn't mean you want them to live in your home!!  Should you suspect rats and mice are in your home, you should get...

A professional inspection and treatment for rodents because:

  • Food contamination:  Rodents eat and contaminate stored foods with urine, faeces and hair.
  • Physical Damage:  Buildings, furniture, books, equipment and machinery are often damaged by gnawing rodents. Rodents will gnaw electrical cables causing short-circuits and even electrical fires.
  • Disease Transmission: Rats and mice play a role in transmitting diseases including the bubonic plague, salmonella, Murine typhus fever, Weil’s disease and trichinosis. Diseases are transmitted in a number of ways including the urine and faeces of rodents, scratching and biting, other parasites (e.g. fleas) or via pets.
  • Attracting snakes: Rodents are food for many species of snake, both venomous and constricting; these snakes may then pose a danger to you, your pets or your family.

Rodent Control Strategies

1.    Sanitation – reduce the food and shelter available for rodent activity

2.    Rodent-proofing – repair or alter the building so that rodents cannot get in

3.    Trapping – using traps to physically capture rodents

4.    Chemical Control – including baiting, tracking powders, and gels

 

 

The Roof Rat - Norway Rat - and the Common House Mouse

 

Rat pests - 2 main species - commonly found in domestic and commercial premises throughout Australia - the roof rat and the sewer rat. The correct identification is essential to formulate an effective rat extermination and control program - each species has different habits that can be exploited by the pest controller in order to solve the problem in a safe and efficient manner. 

Shelter from the cold - rats and mice are more likely to become a serious problem during the cold winter months - as it is much warmer in the subfloor or roof void of a building - rats may also suddenly appear in large numbers when excavation work disturbs their in-ground nesting locations.