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Rodent problems (rats and mice) can be difficult to control. Success comes from understanding which rodent is causing the problem, applying the appropriate treatment and correcting the conditions that allowed the rodents to enter the building, such that re-infestation does not occur. Residential Reports provides rodent control programs to eliminate your rodent problem.

What rodent control programs do we provide?

A basic rodent treatment can be added on to our general Canberra pest control service. This is only really suitable as a preventative treatment or if the occasional unwanted visitor has been noticed. The treatment typically involved placing rodent bait in a locked bait station in the roof space. If however, a more significant rodent problem is suspected, we will need to carry out a specific rodent control treatment program.

The first part of any rodent control program is to carry out an inspection. It is vital to identify the species, map the areas of activity, how it is accessing the property and if possible locate the nest. The correct control program can then be put in place to solve the problem.  This may involve the use of rodent baits or traps to control the non-native species, or traps to remove and re-home any native species. 

For low level rodent problems, we normally get control in a single visit. However, for more involved problems or serious rodent infestations, it may take several visits to gain control and sometimes an ongoing control program may need to be put in place. 

The use of any rodent products not only takes into account the species, but any safety considerations; children, pets, food areas, etc. We always use lockable bait stations in our baiting programs and stations will be placed out of the reach of children and pets. However, sometimes this is not possible and so alternative techniques such as traps may need to be used.

To aid in the control and prevent future infestations, the recommended rodent proofing and sanitation measures also need to be implemented.

Call our office for a quote on a rodent control treatment

Tips for keeping rodents out of your home

There are two main activities homeowners can do to minimize the chances of rodents or possums taking up residence;

1) Rodent / possum proof the building

  • Seal any holes / cracks in the floors, walls and roofing
  • Remove vegetation from the immediate perimeter of the building
  • Prune any branches over-hanging the building 

 2) Improve sanitation

  • Place garbage in sealed, rodent proof containers
  • All food to be place in sealed, rodent proof containers
  • Do not leave pet food outside
  • For chickens, rabbits and any other animal that is provided with grain foods, implement a feeding regime that minimize waste food that would be available to rodents. 

A bit more on rats and mice...

Rodents and possums (which are marsupials), are nocturnal animals.  They feed on a wide range of food materials and are more than happy to live around buildings which provide many nesting areas in a warm, safe environment…… with a readily available supply of food and water!

However, what’s good for the rodent or possum is not necessarily good for humans.  They are certainly unwanted guests disturbing us with their activities; causing physical damage to buildings and wiring, consuming and contaminating food and making noise.  Rodents are associated with the spread of several diseases such as typhus, salmonella, Weil’s disease and Rat-Bite fever.  These are either spread by the rats directly or by the fleas and ticks they carry.  Their presence can also set off allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.

With the ability of rats and mice to breed quickly, numbers can quickly get out of control.  If you suspect a rodent problem, quick action is key.

There are 3 rodents that are commonly found in and around houses and commercial buildings.  These are the Common mouse, the Roof rat (or Black rat or Ship rat) and the Brown rat (Norway rat or Sewer rat).  There are four native animals whose activities may also be confused with these rodents; Antechinus can be confused with the house mouse, the native bush rat can be confused with the black rat and sometimes even Brush-tailed and Ring-tailed possums can be confused with the brown rat.  

Of course it is illegal to harm any native wildlife, so identification and treatment of suspected rodent problems is a job best left to the professionals.

Give us a call to see how we can help solve your rodent problems.

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