Rats and Mice Pest Control

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.