Rats and Mice belong to the group known as Rodents from the latin word Rodere ' to gnaw'. This refers to their gnawing or chewing habits. These mammals are well adapted to live in close association with humans. The presence of rodents in buildings is regarded as undesirable as they can transmit diseases to humans, contaminate food and cause physical damage to property. The most common rodents in Australia are the Norway Rat, Roof Rat and the House Mouse. Rodent control can be very difficult and they present a serious threat to human health.
Rats and Mice are very adaptable and are a public health pest. They are not fussy eaters and make themselves at home in houses, sheds, garages and gardens. They are not only smelly and destructive, but can pose a risk to human health. Rodent control is vital in assuring the health and safety of your family.
Treatment of Rats & Mice in and around the Home
- Placement of Tamper Resistant Bait Stations (TBS) at strategic points on external perimeter
- Placement of Tamper Resistant Bait Stations (TBS) at strategic points in internal areas
- Baiting of Roof Void
We ensure the safety of the entire family, including your much loved pets
Bait stations are child resistant and will be secured in chain
Bait stations contain a non spill wax block formulation of rodenticide to prevent any exposure of rofenticide to wildlife
Rats & Mice Shelter and Nest in Places such as:
- Walls, ceilings and under walls
- Behind or under cupboards and bathtubs
- Near hot water heaters
- Behind boxes, machinery and furniture or in paper or cloth
- In rubbish heaps, wood piles, thick vegetation or animal enclosures
- In holes under buildings
Rats can transmit diseases such as leptospirosis, typhus fever and rat bite fever. Rats can contaminate food with their hair, droppings and urine resulting in food poisoning and wastage. Rats carry fleas or ticks which can harm pets or humans. Rats are destructive and can cause damage with their gnawing and digging. They can damage materials such as food containers, wood, insulation and wiring.
How do I know I have a Rat Infestation?
- Checking for black thin pellet like droppings
- Uneaten food left for pets which has gone missing
- Signs of gnawing on fruit and vegetables or pantry dry goods
- "Runways" which have formed when rats have used the same path such as through vegetation/gardens or along fences
- Greasy rub marks where rats travel regularly
- Burrow holes close to sheds or under debris
- Signs of gnawing damage to materials such as wood, insulation and electrical cabling
- Squeaking, gnawing or movement noises in walls, cupboards, ceilings and under floors - especially at night
Ways to Prevent Rodents in the Home?
- Ensure rubbish bins have tight-fitting lids and are regularly emptied
- Keep your home and property clear of rubbish
- Keep stacked materials such as wood and bricks at least 30cm above the ground to minimise hiding/nesting/thoroughfare of rats
- Regularly clean out sheds, storage areas and dispose of unwanted items
- Remove unwanted undergrowth-cut back grass, trees, bushes and creepers which may provide cover or access to the roof
- Do not use open compost heaps
- Leave out just enough pet food for pets to eat soon after it is placed there
- Store chicken food in vermin proof containers with close fitting lids
Southcape Pest Management have fully licenced and experienced pest control technicians to control rats and mice. We use tamper resistant bait stations which need to be opened with a key, to get rid of rats and mice. We use a non-spill formulation of rodenticide and the stations are numbered, chained and mapped. This means that they are safe for use around your home and do not pose a risk to your children, pets or native wildlife.