Rodent Control

rat controlA lot of people think they’re cute – but they are dangerous to your health and your property!

These animals are well adapted to living in very close association with humans, sharing food and shelter … but that doesn’t mean they can live in your home without consequences!

Don’t let them get out of control.

Read about the risks and what you can do below.

The Risks

Risks Include:

  • Eating and contamination of stored food: Poor rodent control causes major losses in stored food through either consumption or contamination with urine, faeces and hair.
  • Physical Damage: The gnawing habits of rodents can cause considerable damage. Buildings, furniture, books, equipment and machinery are not immune to this sort of damage.  Rodents will gnaw electrical cables causing short-circuits and even electrical fires.
  • Disease Transmission: Rodents 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 their  urine and faeces, scratching and biting, other parasites (e.g. fleas) or via pets.
  • Fear and Apprehension– The stigma attached to the presence of rodents.
  • 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.

Other Risks:

  • Poisoning of Pets and Other Animals: Chemical baits use for rodents are often very attractive to other animals, including family pets.  Sadly, the baits will be just as effective on other mammals.
  • Work Health and Safety: For a business, control of rodents is vital to ensure a healthy work environment for your workers and the public.
  • Commercial Risks: Rodent infestations can cause major damage to products and reputation of a business.

What To Look For

Rodents – What to look out for

  • Sounds.   Scratching and shuffling noises in the roof void.
  • Droppings. Droppings found in and around the building.
  • Tracks. Run tracks or rub marks (dark greasy marks) along walls or plumbing pipes.
  • Gnawing. Damage to food packets in the pantry and stored stock in warehouses. Additional indicators would be holes in skirting boards or conduits, cables being stripped of insulation or cardboard/paper products being chewed.
  • Visual sightings. Sighting of rodents scurrying around the areas and sighting of rodents nesting material in stored boxes.
  • Excitement of your family pet. If your dog or cat is acting strangely, for example excessive barking in a particular area of your home, they might be trying to tell you something.
  • Sensors / Alarms. Sensors/alarms being triggered, particularly within 1 or 2 specific areas of the premises,  can be an indicator of rodent activity within an area.

Control Strategies

Main control strategies for Rodent Control:

  • Sanitation – reducing the food and shelter available for rodent activity.  This is generally best achieved by removing any rubbish and debris against building structures. Store rubbish in bins that have tight fitting lids. Clean up any spilt food (eg. grain from around bird cages). Attend to any leaking plumbing pipes. Having the property clear from rubbish or debris will help minimise the risk of a rodent infestation.  Don’t leave pet food lying around in open containers;
  • Rodent-proofing – alter the building structurally so that rodents cannot gain entry.  For example seal up any holes with small gauge mesh and seal the bottoms of doors with automatic weather seals or weather strips. A rat can gain entry through a hole as small as 12 mm in diameter and a mouse only needs a hole no larger than 6 mm in diameter;
  • Trapping – using non-chemical means such as traps to physically capture rodents;
  • Chemical Control – Using a variety of different registered rodenticides including grain bait, pellets and wax blocks.
  • Teamwork – Management and treatment of rodents is best achieved through a team effort between yourself and your pest management technician.
If you are going to use baitsalways call a professional – avoid the risk of poisoning your pets and your family