HOW TO CONTROL RATS
There are currently over 60 described species of rats in Australia, and they occupy a wide range of the habitats across the country.
Local and introduced species of rats have the potential to breed quickly and infest crops and food storage’s, where they cause serious economic damage not to mention the disease they can bring into your home.
These guys can breed up to 14 babies within a 21 day gestation period so if you have a small rat problem now it can quickly turn into a big one unless you get onto it. Take a peek at this week’s Blog for those tell tale signs that you may have rats and ways to lessen your chances of a potential issue in your home or office.
WHAT ARE THE TELL TALE SIGNS THAT YOU HAVE RATS?
1. Squeaking, gnawing or movement noises in walls and roof voids.
2. Thin, black droppings (12mm to 18mm).
3. Signs of gnawing on fruit and vegetables.
4. Runways that have formed from rats using the same path to food sources.
5. Greasy rub marks where rats have travelled regularly.
6. Burrows near sheds or under debris.
7. Signs of damaged wood, insulation or electric cable caused by gnawing.
8. Visual sightings.
HOW DO I CONTROL THEM?
1. Keep your home clear of open food sources or rubbish.
2. Regularly clean out sheds and storage areas.
3. Cut back grass, trees and bushes that may provide access to roof areas
4. Inspect buildings for cracks, crevices and holes, which may provide access for rats and repair them.
5. Cover water sources with wire mesh.
6. Don’t leave out pet food.
7. Store any bird food and clean up spilt grains.
9. Rodent Bait Stations.
For further advise in South East Queensland and Northern NSW contact Xtramile Carpet and Pest Management.