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COMMON Pests

Rat Pest Control

There are many species of rodents in Australia but the Roof rat and the Norway rat are most common in the Illawarra region.

The Norway Rat has a heavy set compared to the Roof Rat, its fur is coarse and red to brown in colour. The Norway Rats tail is shorter than its head and body, their ears are small, close-set with fine hairs on them. They burrow to protect themselves from predators and to get under items such as fences. They can swim quiet well and can live inside or outside.

The Roof Rat has a slender body compared to the Norway Rat, its fur is fine and grey, black and brown in colour. The Roof rats tail is longer than its body and head, their ears are large, prominent and almost hairless. They do not burrow, can climb well, are poor swimmers and are often in high places such as roof voids and second story wall cavities.

  • Rat Pest Control
  • Rat Pest Control
Rat treatments

How We can help

Rat treatments

They all have large incisors that continue to grow. The constant gnawing of rodents can cause serious damage to a number of items in your home, such as doors, skirting boards, timer frames, upholstery, books, food containers and machinery.

The common rat will consume almost anything as part of its diet, even small insects. Cereals are a main source of sustenance and will therefore be attracted to seed from bird feeders, bird cages, chicken coups and even dog food. Rodents contaminate food with their droppings and can produce up to 50 droppings in a single day.
They will forage for food and have been known to eat birds and even their own if there is a shortage of food.

Rodents are best known for their ability to carry and spread disease. Rats were responsible for the black plague which struck the UK in the 14th century and wiped out a huge portion of the population.

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Common rat
Their sight is very poor but they compensate by having exceptional hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Rodents are also biologically similar enough to humans that they are often used in scientific testing.

The Common Rat occupies a wide range of habitats, usually ones associated with human activity like farms, rubbish tips, industrial sites, sewers, shopping centres, fast food outlets and warehouses. At many of these sites there is a abundance of food to feed the colony.

They are not territorial and hierarchy comes mainly from size and age. Females will start breeding from around 3-4 months of age and will breed continuously if the food source permits. Litter size can vary but will depend on the size of the female. On average the litter will be anywhere between 5 and 10 BUT, as many as 22 has been recorded in one litter. Multiply that by, say 5 litters per year, and that’s a lot of destructive, disease carrying, pooping vermin potentially occupying your home or business.

Our treatments start with an inspection of the property to identify if it is a possum or rodent and we look for entry points, droppings, gnawing marks and burrow tunnels.

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If rodents are confirmed, we will discuss the treatment options. In most situations we will use plastic rodent bait Stations which are locked and safe from children and pets or glue boards depending on the situation. In high sensitivity sites like schools or day cares we will use a metal Viper hi-security rat station.

It may take up to 5-7 days for the rodent to die from when they ingest the bait. Rodents are shy of new objects in their environment and it may take them a few days to enter the bait station, so please keep this in mind if you continue to see evidence of rodents within a couple of weeks after treatment.

Rodents from other colonies may also enter through entry points on the property. Keep in mind that a rat can enter a gap that is as small as 10mm or 3/8 of an inch. It is important to rodent proof your property and we will advise on you on how to do this.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Frequently Asked Questions

Do rats spread diseases?
Yes, they do through their droppings.
Can you get rid of rats?
Yes you can. Local Pest Control Illawarra has the experience and treatment options available to help you achieve this.
Can rats swim?
Yes. The Norway rat is a very good swimmer.

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