Maybe you heard footsteps, maybe you saw droppings… it doesn’t matter how you found out about the problem, rodents are upsetting!
You can place rodent traps and bait stations sourced from places like Bunnings, but what good are they if you don’t know how they work or where to put them for effective and permanent treatment? You want the rodents out of your home and you want them gone forever!
You need a professional site assessment to identify how and where rodents are getting in to and out of your home.
How We Get Rid of Rats and Mice
- We begin by surveying the home to look for droppings, possible nesting sites, food sources and possible travel routes.
- Then we devise a baiting program, which calculates the number of stations required; where the stations should be positioned; and how frequently the stations need to be rebaited.
- Our technicians then choose a professional grade bait that takes into account the requirements of the home (for example, if you have a dog or a cat, it is important that we choose a bait that does not have secondary poisoning effects).
- Next, we load the stations with professional grade rodent baits and place them in the best positions.
- Our technicians then make suggestions about what improvements can be made to the home to minimise the chance of rodents getting into your home in the future.
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Why Rats, Mice, and Other Vermin Are a Problem
- They can eat large quantities of human food stores, and contaminate what is left with their excrement.
- Rats and mice carry diseases which are harmful to human health. Throughout history rodents have been responsible for millions of human deaths.
- Rodents have strong incisor teeth which they use to chew through almost anything. This can cause damage to your plumbing and cause floods; electrical wires and cause fires; and damage furniture, carpets, and even building structures. Awful!
- Rodents carry a strong odour which can be hard to remove once infestation occurs. This is usually due to urine, excrements, and the occasional death of a rodent or two within walls and roof spaces.
Common Rodent Species
Norway Rat: a very large rat also known as the brown rat that can live up to a year, spawning a litter of up to 60 young within its lifetime. This rat is very prevalent in Australia, and its destructive capabilities are of true concern. They will often nest within the walls and roofing spaces of buildings and homes.
Roof Rat: this rat is also known as the black rat or ship rat. This rat is a lot smaller than the Norway rat, but lives just as long and can spawn just as many young. This rat is only found indoors and is more restricted to urban and city areas.
House Mouse: also known as the field mouse. This mouse is very small and often lives outdoors. They can however enter indoor spaces to seek shelter during bad weather patterns. If natural predators are scarce, food sources abundant, and the climate supportive; these mice can populate to uncontrollable levels.
How You Can Control Rodents and Vermin
Prevention is better than a cure! Cleanliness and sanitation are the most important method for reducing the likelihood of a rodent infestations in your home. Here are some other helpful tips:
- Ensure your garbage bins have tight fitting lids. Empty them regularly and keep them clean.
- Ensure green waste is removed the same day as gardening, as green waste will attract rodents.
- Rodent proof your home by limiting points of entry. Any cracks or holes in your home should be repaired. Use sturdy materials to do so, such as iron grills, heavy metals, and/or concrete. Remember, rodents can gnaw through plastics, wood and soft metals.
If You See Rodents, You Can Try to Control Them
- You can buy rodent stations and traps from supermarkets and tool stores, however the quality of these baits are inferior to the professional grade baits that pest control technicians like us provide. Before buying, try to find out how many baits are included in the station. The more bait the better!
- Most people severely underestimate the number of rodent bait stations required to eradicate a rodent infestation. Make sure to buy plenty of stations (at least four).
- Rodent station placement is very important. Often, the rodents are going to be in the roof. If you believe they’re in the roof, you’re going to have to climb up there. Place a number of stations around the roof (the number of stations will depend on the number of rodents in the roof).
- Try to find how the rodents are getting into your home. If they’re in the roof, think about how they are getting in and out of there. Place a few stations along these travel routes. Make sure to have the holes of the station closest to the walls. Rodents will travel along the wall edge, so you want to make it easy for the rodent to go into the bait station.
- Note: Rats are rather intelligent. If they smell your scent on the station, they may mark it off limits. If you place the station in a peculiar place, they may avoid it.
Vermin, mice, rats: they make you and your family uncomfortable and you need to get rid of them. We will get rid of your rat problem or mouse infestation as quick as we possibly can and make your home a happy, healthy place once again!
Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents & Mice
How do you get rid of mice and rats in the ceiling and walls?
If you have rodents in your home, we will start by conducting a site inspection to look for evidence of rodent activity and likely entry and exit points from your home. From there we will develop a baiting strategy to control the rodent population. Placing rodent baits in the right location is key to a successful strategy so that the rodents come across the bait and eventually try the bait. This helps us keep them away from remaining inside the ceilings and walls.
Is your rodent removal safe for my pets?
Yes, our rodent removal is safe for your pets! If you have dogs or cats, we will choose to use baits that do not have secondary poisoning and we will place the baits in locked stations. This means that the poison breaks down in the rodent, and can not be passed further down the food chain. Therefore, if your beloved cat or dog decides to have a nibble on the dead rodent, the active poison will not be passed on.
How long does it take for your rodent control treatments to work?
Rodents are very cautious by nature. By properly inspecting the property to identify likely rodent traffic paths, and placing appetising fresh baits, the time to get rodent control will be significantly lowered. The time can still take anywhere from 1-4 weeks to begin to take effect.
However, environmental pressures can mean that multiple or ongoing treatments are required to prevent rodents repopulating in your home.
Do you remove dead rodents?
The only time dead rodents seem to cause people problems (usually an odour emanating from the ceiling) is when the rodents have not been professionally treated. When we do a rodent treatment, the rodent will leave the premises in search of water. Therefore, they do not die in the customer’s home. So if we do get a call to remove a rodent, it is not a rodent that we have treated.
That said, we do remove dead rodents for customers, but we prefer not to. The reason being that we simply believe it is not good value for our customers. The smell usually only lasts for 48hrs, and during that time the rat is naturally decomposing. We could spend up to 2 hours looking for the rat and, from experience, we have a 50:50 chance of finding it. If we can’t find it, you feel ripped off. If we do manage to find the rat, there’s rarely much of it left and the problem would have resolved itself shortly anyway.
We recommend to customers in this position to put up with the smell if they can, and spend their money getting a rodent treatment to prevent the situation from re-occurring in the future.