The first Europeans to settle in Australia brought with them rats and mice which remain a significant problem to this day. Rats carry and transmit serious diseases such as the plague, dysentery, leptospirosis and typhus fever. Rats are very persistent in gaining access to your property to find food so if you spot such activity, contact Rebel Pest Professionals for effective rodent control services.
Left untreated, they can cause significant damage to your home, chewing through insulation, floor joists and walls, causing fires by chewing on electrical cables. Rats can also undermine hill sides, retaining walls through their burrowing activity. What’s more, rats present a tremendous risk in your outdoors where your pets and children play.
Mice multiply quickly and cause significant damage to your property, contaminating food and other materials through the droppings they leave behind. Research has suggested that mice droppings can be asthma triggers for children. Mice have even caused house fires from chewing through electrical cables. Not only can rats and mice spread disease, damage property and contaminate your food, they can also bring other unwelcome pests like fleas, lice and ticks. These reasons are why rodent control is so important.
Types of Rats & Mice
Signs of a Rat or Mouse Infestation
Rats and Mice are commonly nocturnal pests, hiding during the day and running out and about at night. You are more likely to spot the signs of a rodent, rather than actually seeing them.
The signs to look out for are:
Rodent droppings are dark brown about 9mm – 14mm long and look like a large grain of rice. They’re usually found in concentrated areas as they leave behind up to 40 droppings per night.
Rates are agile climbers and can easily gain access to roof voids. Hearing scratching noises from above may suggest their presence. They can also be heard scurrying under floorboards and decks.
Rats leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of a property. Shining a flashlight at a low angle should reveal tracks. To determine if current activity sprinkle flour or talcum powder along a small stretch of floor near the footprints and check for fresh tracks the next day.
Rats use established routes along skirting boards and walls due to their poor eyesight. Grease and dirt on their bodies leave smudges and dark marks on objects and surfaces they repeatedly brush against.
Rats have teeth that grow continuously so they need to gnaw on wood and plastic to keep trim. Electrical cables in roof voids is a real area of concern. Check for ripped food packaging, as rats tear open food leaving visible teeth marks.
Rats build nests in warm, hidden places, usually out of soft materials such as paper, grass or insulation. Nests can contain young rats near a food source. Check behind and under appliances, such as fridges and freezers.
Rodent urine can give off a distinctive ammonia smell. The stronger the smell, the larger the infestation. The smell can linger, even after the rats are removed.
How To Prevent Rats and Mice
The only effective way to remove rats and mice is with the use of rodenticides that are suited to either indoor or outdoor use and safe for your family and pets.
Regularly clean under and behind your kitchen appliances. Keep the inside and outside bins lids closed and empty them regularly.
Remove food sources
Don’t leave food out and clean pet bowls regularly. Keep food in glass or metal containers, as rodents can chew through plastic.
By removing clutter in the house and plant debris in the garden, you will remove potential living spaces.
Seal up your house
Seal up cracks around windows, skirting boards, floorboards, electrical outlets and pipes. Replace torn windows and door screens and use a brush strip to remove the space underneath doors.
Separate the home and garden
Rodents can climb up overgrown trees and branches, so trim back trees and plants growing near your house.
Let the pets out
Pets, especially cats will enjoy chasing down rats and mice. They also act as a great deterrent, preventing more rats from returning to the area.
How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice
Our Rodent Control Process
- A pre-work assessment will be completed over the phone as you book in your treatment. We will ask you about your property and your specific needs, before recommending a suitable treatment, discussing risks and information prior to our visit.
- An on-site assessment will be conducted by our pest experts at the time of treatment to identify the extent of the infestation and any risks involved.
- Depending on the size of your home and extent of the infestation, approximately 1-2 dozen baits will be placed throughout the roof space and sub-floor area. If you have children or pets, we will use lockable mouse bait stations instead, for safety and sanitation purposes.
- Our pest experts may also suggest other rodent control measures such as sanitation, hygiene and trapping. We will remove food and water sources and block up gaps and crevices to stop them from spreading throughout the house.
- Rodents are neophobic (scared of new objects), so it can take up to 2 weeks for thee baits to be effective.
- If after 2 weeks you still see signs of rodents, it is possible that a new family have moved in. There will still be enough baits in place, so please be patient and leave some time for the process to take effect again.