Special Report: An increase in rat infestations
Our technicians are constantly battling to control rats throughout the Adelaide area this winter and rat numbers appear to be on the rise. We recently attended homes across the Seaton and Modbury areas following calls from worried home owners.
As the weather starts to cool into the winter months, the natural environment for rats are outside burrows in gardens and soil areas, (as pictured on the right) and nesting in stored items and debris.
Trees & shrubs become less inviting and rats choose to move inside premises – thats your house! – to live and breed.
Rats and Mice will take up residence in areas such as roof voids, wall cavities, and internal areas. These areas provide both warmth and good access to food sources.
Discover three simple tips for making your family home less conducive to a rat infestation in what ever part of Adelaide your are in:
How To Avoid Rat and Mice Infestations
- Ensure all of your household garbage is in tightly sealed in bins, which rats cannot access – restrict their access to food as much as possible.
- Alter your building so that rats cannot gain entry. Look for access holes that rats can use such as where pipes enter buildings and gaps under external doors. Sealing these points and others similar will make it harder for rats to enter. Using a gutter guard to seal the roof can be also be helpful in stopping them entering the roof via the gutters. Restrict their access to shelter as much as possible.
- Trim excess trees and shrubs from around the perimeter of the structure, especially trees that overhang the roof. This will take away both harbourage areas and make accessing the roof a little bit harder for them.
How to treat Rat and Mice Problems
When all else fails and pest control measures need to be implemented, Amalgamated Pest Control technicians will look at all the available options. The two most effective methods of control of rats and mice are:
- Rat Trapping: Using traps to physically trap and remove rats.
- Chemical Control: Includes a wide range of baiting techniques most commonly bait blocks used in Tamper Resistant Rodent Stations. These baits are secured inside the station and cannot be removed. Making them Pet and child friendly. Where needed; tracking powders, gels and other baits may be used as required.
How to identify you have rats and mice
Some simple tell tale signs of rat infestation to look for around your property:
- 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 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.
If you believe or suspect that you have rats or mice, please contact your local team for further advice.