How to get rid of rats

Trying to get rid of rats or mice can feel like a never ending task. They seem to find their way in, they hide and nest in your furniture and the only sign of them is when you hear their little feet running across the floors, or when you unfortunately find their faeces. Not ideal during the Summer months!

Rat control is our speciality. Read our top tips below.

Top Tips to Get Rid of Rats

1. Book a Pest Inspection

If you’re after some expert advice and treatment options, book a rodent pest treatment with one of our team members. They’ll be able to find the source of the rat infestation and help solve your rat problem. Contact us here.

2. Use rat baits or mouse baits

There are many different rat and mouse bait options on the market. Some contain natural ingredients while others may be a little more potent. Depending on the type you choose will depend on how frequently the treatment needs to be replenished. It’s always best to read the instructions of the product you’ve purchased to understand what to do to ensure it’s being the most effective for your rat problem.

3. Find the source & clean it

There’s usually a reason why rats or mice have decided to burrow in our homes. It can be for warmth or because they’ve found a food source, or it might be that you have a pet bird or rabbit that the rats or mice want to get into their pellets. To avoid this, simply move the food away or minimise how much excess food is left over night. This will help keep those rats and mice at bay.

4. Create a barrier to entry

Uncovering the entry point is essential. It might be a small hole in the most inconspicuous place. Once you’ve located the hole, repair it to minimise entry into your home.

5. Consider a humane mouse trap

Not all rat and mouse traps need to be harmful. Find a mouse or rat trap that catches the rodent but doesn’t kill them. Having traps that kill the rodent can create more desire for other pests to enter your home.

If you’re due for a pest treatment inside your home or unit, but aren’t sure what time of the year is best for pest control, then it’s time to book in for your treatment. Anytime of the year is a great time to treat your home. Contact our team on the form below or by visiting our contact us page.

We can discuss all related pest treatment requirements you have and even offer you advice on rodent control.

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Give one of our friendly team a call to discuss your General Pest Control needs or fill in the below form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for an answer to a common question? Read through some of our most commonly asked questions.

Termites, Cockroaches (both large and small), spiders (all kinds) ants, silverfish and rodents.

All areas are covered in our pest sprays without exclusion. This will include all applicable areas externally, internally, gardens, pathways, letterbox, driveway, windows, eaves, guttering, weep holes, garage, sheds, cubby houses, washing lines, subfloor, roof void, storage areas and fences. We also use cockroach bait in kitchen cupboard hinges. We do not spray fruit trees or herb gardens, fish ponds and fish tanks. Please advise our technician of any area you would like excluded before commencement.

If the forecast is for heavy rain it’s best to reschedule – light rain is fine. We need enough time for the external spray to fully dry for it to be effective. If it is forecast to rain not long after the treatment we will call you to reschedule. If it is windy we may also need to reschedule as we cannot control our spray and it may pose a risk to our technician or your neighbours.

Generally, you can be home while we spray. We ask you keep some footwear on for at least two hours and stay inside. Pregnant women and young children must vacate for two hours.

Internally – We spray around all skirting boards, please move loose items at least 30cm from the wall or onto tables or beds. It is not necessary to move large pieces of furniture. The more coverage we can achieve the more effective the spray will be. We don’t use anything airborne internally so there is no need to cover benches or other sensitive areas. Externally – Ensure pet toys and bowls are put away, children toys should be neat and tidy all in the the one area so we can create a ‘safe zone’ that isn’t exposed to any spray. Please remove all washing from clothes lines.

Yes we ensure your pets are safe, our staff have tarpaulins on board for bird and rabbit hutches. We make sure pet bowls are turned upside down before we start spraying and ask for any pet toys to be put away. The pets can be stored in an area like the garage or laundry whilst the rest of the house is treated then released after one hour or alternatively if they can be taken out of the house for 1-2 hours, it will be safe when they return. During the warmer months the external spray dries within 10 minutes so if we start outside the pets can be let into the yard when we start spraying internally.

We ensure that your children are safe, this is achieved with safe practices and the use of the safest products used in the correct areas. No children’s play equipment or toys are sprayed with residual products. We have a non-residual aerosol we can use to treat spiders and other pests in these areas. We also have a company policy not to spray a house with anyone pregnant or young children inside.

No it is not necessary to clean the floors, our internal water based spray is microencapsulated meaning once it is fully dry it is safe, it is recommended you do not mop the floors for 48 hours after our spray.

We also offer termite inspections and treatments, possum control/removal, rodent proofing and bed bugs treatments, speak to our friendly staff for more information.

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