Rats and Mice are very prevalent with the colder weather. We are continuing to receive calls for help with rodent control all over Melbourne.
A current hot spot is Laverton.
Rats and mice can cause serious damage
Rodents are not just a nuisance. Chewed wires can cause house fires, treasured possessions can be ruined and disease can be spread.
Some simple tell-tale signs of rodents to look for around your home;
- Sounds – Scratching and shuffling noises in the roof.
- 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. 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 – being triggered, particularly within 1 or 2 specific areas of the premises, can be an indicator of rodent activity within an area.
How to stop rats and mice
Whether or not you’re living in a unit block or a residential home, some basic and simple practices must be adopted to make environments unattractive to pests such as rats.
If you start to see more than 1 every now and again – you need help from a professional pest controller. (Click here for our Special Offer)
Keep garbage and waste fully sealed:
The biggest contributor to rat control is garbage and food waste. Rats are very intelligent animals. They want to live close to good, reliable food sources. Garbage areas are perfect! If they are aware that there is a good food source in a particular area they will feed the same way every day. Other rats that come into contact with the rats feeding here will work out that the garbage their feeding on is a good food source also. They’ll nest in close proximity, (within 50 metres), make nests, produce young rats and as they are creatures of habit will continue to feed and live near the food source that humans have provided them.
Eliminate food sources:
Rats are particularly good at exploiting food sources that humans make accessible. Whenever we come across a rat problem, the first thing we will do is locate their food source because you can almost always guarantee that there is one in close proximity. When controlling rats, the first thing that must happen is excluding rats from their food source. If there is no food source their only option is to eat the baits that we provide. If they have a food source their likely to keep feeding on it and ignore our baits.
Be aware of what’s happening on your property. Look for evidence of rats, because they’re going to be there. Ensure they cannot access your garbage and ensure they cannot access your property.
If you would like more information and help on how to manage rodent problems at your property, call Amalgamated Pest Control Melbourne. (Click here for our Special Offer)