We have seen a sharp rise in mice and rat activity across Melbourne West and surrounding rural areas. From Bendigo to Geelong and out to Heathcote, these pests are looking for food and shelter.
Due to the regular rain throughout summer this past year and lack of extreme heat this has created very good conditions for mice to breed with an oversupply of feed in the fields. Now with colder weather the mice are pushing eastwards and looking for warm locations to see out winter. This is bringing them into our homes and sheds.
Mice in particular have been eating wires around fridges and dishwashers and making noise throughout roofs.
How do I get rid of rats?
In this situation we provided a management plan with recommendations to the owners. We recommended that a more regular and proper cleaning program take place, including the rubbish bins being tightly sealed, all garbage needed to be placed within a bin and not on the floor and all non-essential rubbish to the area such as old furniture and other clutter be removed and disposed of appropriately.
A regular rodent baiting program commenced immediately to proof the area so that rats could not access it. In addition, improvements to the environmental area were undertaken and a builder was contracted to proof and seal access points with our assistance. We will follow up with regular inspections and treatments. Thankfully, rats are no longer a problem at the property.
How do I know if I have a rodent problem?
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
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.
Keep garbage and waste fully sealed:
The biggest contributor to rat infestations 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.