How to get rid of rats and mice.
Living in Sydney, chances are you have seen your fair share of rodents over the years. Sydney has a serious rodent (rats and mice) issue now even move so with all the construction going on at the moment. This means there is even more rodent pressure around residential and commercial sites across the region than ever before. This is why it’s so important for home and business owners to be proactive when it comes to rodent control.
The professional pest controllers at Clean and Green Pest Control specialise in safe and effective rodent control for both residential and commercial properties across all Sydney suburbs.
We have a strong focus on the safety of non-target animals such as cats, dogs and native animals so you know are you and your pets and native wildlife are in safe hands when our pest control experts are called upon to eradicate rats and mice at your home or workplace.
What are the benefits of using a professional rodent control service in Sydney
Having rodents in and around your home is not only a nuisance, but it can also pose a serious health risk to you and your family. Not only can rodents carry harmful diseases, but they can also contaminate food and surfaces with their feces. In addition, rodents can cause extensive damage to your home, chewing through wires and insulation. If you suspect that you have a rodent problem, it is important to take action immediately. A professional rodent control service will be able to quickly and effectively eliminate the problem. In addition, they can take steps to prevent future infestations, such as sealing up entry points and removing potential food sources. By taking these measures, you can protect your health and safeguard your property.
How much does it cost to get rid of rodents in Sydney using a professional service
If you have a rodent problem in your home, you may be wondering how much it will cost to hire a professional pest control service. In general, the cost of rodent removal will depend on the size of your home, the number of rodents present, and the extent of the infestation. However, you can expect to pay between $250 and $500 for most rodent removal services in Sydney. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to pay closer to $800. While this may seem like a lot of money up front, it is important to remember that rodents can cause extensive damage to your home if left unchecked. In addition, professional pest control services will usually offer a warranty on their work, so you can be sure that the problem will be taken care of for good.
How to prevent future rodent infestations in your home or business
As any homeowner knows, rodents can be a real nuisance. Not only are they pests that can cause damage to your property, but they can also spread disease. If you’ve had a rodent infestation in your home or business, you’ll want to take steps to prevent another one from happening in the future. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to discourage rodents from setting up shop in your property. First, make sure to seal up any cracks or holes on the exterior of your building. Mice and rats can squeeze through amazingly small spaces, so it’s important to block off any potential entry points. You should also keep your property clean and free of debris, as rodents are attracted to cluttered areas. Finally, try to eliminate sources of food and water, as these will attract rodents looking for an easy meal. By taking these precautions, you can help to ensure that your home or business stays rodent-free.
Why rodents (rats & mice) are dangerous
Disease carriers – rats and mice have the potential to transmit approximately 45 diseases, some of them potentially fatal. The most notorious is doubtless the plague (or “Black Death”)
Consumption and contamination of foodstuffs – rodents can be the difference between life and death for all too many people throughout the world even today! This is because of their habit of eating human food , they contaminate food through there droppings , urine and shed hairs which poses a significant risk of spreading potential fatal diseases
Physical damage – It is estimated that 1/5th of world’s fires caused by unknown no origin are caused by rodents gnawing on electrical wires.
Fear reaction – it is a normal human feeling to shy away from rats or mice running free but, some people are more sensitive than others. “Don’t worry;” is a frequent comment, “They’re more frightened of you than you are of them.”
What are the signs of a rodent infestation in Sydney homes and businesses
Droppings : New rodent droppings are shiny and pliable and within 2-3 days become dull and hard. Mouse droppings are 3-6mm long and have pointed ends. Rat droppings are up to 12mm long and have blunted ends.
Rub Marks : Rodent rub marks are greasy smear marks that are caused when rodents rub their fur against vertical surfaces such as walls. The marks are usually the same color as the rodent’s fur and can range in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters.
Rub marks are often found near doors and windows, where rodents enter buildings, and around food storage areas, where they travel in search of food. While rub marks may seem innocuous, they can actually be a serious health hazard. Rodents can carry a variety of diseases, including plague and typhus, which can be transmitted to humans through contact with their fur.
In addition, rodents are often responsible for damaging food supplies and causing electrical fires by gnawing on wires. As a result, it is important to take steps to control rodents in your home or business to prevent them from leaving behind rub marks.
Burrows: Rat burrows are one of the primary methods that rats use to travel from point A to point B. These tunnels are typically found next to waterways and buildings, as these provide convenient access to food and shelter. Rat burrows can range in size from a few inches to several feet, and they are often lined with soft materials like leaves or grass.
In urban areas, rat burrows can pose a serious threat to public safety, as they can weaken the foundations of buildings. In addition, rat burrows can be a breeding ground for disease, making them a potential health hazard. As a result, it is important to take steps to control the rat population in your area.
One way to do this is to block off potential entrances to rat burrows, such as holes in walls or gaps under doors. By taking these precautions, you can help to reduce the risk of damage and disease associated with rat burrows.
Sounds : Rats and Mice are normally heard at night and they include squeaking in the case of mice and clawing and gnawing in the case of rats.
Nest : A rodent nest is usually made of rags and paper and cardboard. It is often located in a burrow or hole in the ground, but it can also be built in trees, buildings, or any other sheltered spot. The nest is usually lined with soft materials like hair or grass, which help to keep the rodents warm and comfortable.
A typical nest will contain several entrances and exits, allowing the rodents to come and go as they please. Nests are often built in groups, with each group being connected to other groups by a system of tunnels. This allows rodents to travel great distances without ever having to leave the safety of their homes.
Gnawing: Rats are pesky creatures that can cause all sorts of problems. One of the things they do is gnaw on wood, metal, conduit, and cables. This helps to keep their incisors down, but it can also be hazardous. For instance, if rats gnaw on cables, this can expose bare wires and cause short circuits or fires.
Rats can also carry diseases, so it’s important to take steps to prevent them from entering your home or business. There are a number of ways to do this, including using weather-stripping and sealing up any cracks or holes. If you have a rat problem, it’s best to call a professional to get rid of them. Not only will this help to keep your property safe, but it will also peace of mind.
Urine : Rats dot their environment with tiny drops of urine, called urine marking, or scent marking. Urine marking is a form of chemical communication. Urine is full of information about the rat who produced it: its species, sex, age, reproductive status, sexual availability, social status, individual identity, and current stress level, as well as the age of the scent mark itself.
Know your rodents
The bad guys
- Black Rat / roof rat (Rattus rattus)
- Brown Rat or Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
- House mouse (Mus musculus)
The good guys
- Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes)
- Water Rat (Hydromyschrysogaster)
- Swamp Rat (Rattus lutreolus)
Wildlife and pet safe rodent control
The professional rodent pest controllers at Clean and Green Pest Control are dedicated to the preservation of Australian native wildlife and are acutely aware of the risks of secondary poisoning of non-target animals such as dogs, cats, possums and predatory birds such as owl from rodent baits.
We specialise in safe efficient rat & mouse control which bring the risk of secondary poisoning to none target animals to almost zero. More information about our wildlife safe pest control services »
What is secondary poisoning?
Secondary poisoning occurs when a predator or scavenger ingests toxins from their prey. These toxins can be passed on to the predator, and if the concentration is high enough, it can be deadly. Secondary poisoning is a major concern in areas where there is a lot of pesticide use, as these chemicals can build up in the food chain and eventually kill top-level predators. Secondary poisoning is a serious environmental issue that needs to be addressed in order to protect ecosystems.
How to reduce the risk of secondary poisoning
While rodent bait can be an effective way to control pests, it can also be dangerous to non-target animals if they consume the bait or come into contact with it. The best way to reduce the risk of secondary poisoning is the use of safer second generation baits as well as the use bait stations.
Bait stations are enclosed containers that allow rodents to enter and feed on the bait while preventing other animals from coming into contact with it. They should be placed in areas where rodents are active and where there is little chance of other animals coming into contact with them. Additionally, baits should only be used as directed and any unused bait should be properly disposed of as well as any dead or dying rodents found around he property. By following these simple steps, you can help to reduce the risk of secondary poisoning and keep your home and family safe.
Why Rodent Trapping Isn’t Always The Answer
Trapping is a common method used to control rats and mice and is a great eco-friendly option , but it’s not always effective. One reason for this is that rodents are very adept at avoiding traps. They are quick to learn from their mistakes, and will quickly figure out how to avoid being caught. Additionally, trapping can only remove a small percentage of the total population of rodents, which means that the remaining rodents will quickly reproduce to replace those that were caught. Finally, traps can also be dangerous to children and pets, and they can accidentally catch and kill non-target animals such as birds. Also trapping is more costly as the traps are required to be inspected on a daily basis
For these reasons, trapping is often not the best solution for controlling rodent populations.
Different types of mouse and rat baits
Single feed rat and mouse baits (Second Generation Rodenticides) : These contain chemicals sufficiently toxic to kill the rat with the first dose. These types of poisons are the most dangerous to use and pose the greatest of secondary poisoning (poisoning of other animals).
Multi feed rat and mouse baits (First Generation Rodenticides) : rodents must feed on the baits for several days before accumulating a lethal dose. The advantage of multi-dose is a significantly reduced risk of secondary poisoning of non-target species.
|Secondary poisoning risks to birds and mammals|
|Rodenticide||Secondary risk to birds||Secondary risk to mammals|
|Warfarin||low risk||low risk|
|Chlorophacinone||low risk||high risk|
|Diphacinone||moderate risk||high risk|
|Bromadiolone||moderate risk||high risk|
|Difethialone||high risk||high risk|
|Brodifacoum||high risk||high risk|
|Bromethalin||low risk (based on limited evidence)||low risk (based on limited evidence)|
|Cholecalciferol||low risk (based on limited evidence)||low risk (based on limited evidence)|
|Zinc phosphide||low risk||low risk|
|Coumatetralyl||low risk||low risk|
Make your house and garden less friendly for rodents:
- tidy up garden waste (like brush piles),
- pick up any fallen fruit,
- ensure excess pet food isn’t accessible,
- rodent-proof chook pens and aviaries,
- replace rat-friendly palms with owl-friendly natives, a
- seal potential roof/wall cavity access points that rodents might be using.
Encourage native predators:
- plant native trees
- install nest boxes for owls to breed in.
How do we make our rodent treatments environmentally conscious?
- First, we will conduct a full inspect of the site and perform a full risk assessment to insure our treatment plan won’t effect any issues non-target animals
- Baits will be placed in secure areas where there is no chance of any non-target animals accessing the baits if there is any risk of this happening baits will be placed in secure lockable stations
- Clean and Green Pest Control only use the safest multi dose bait formulations such as Racumin by Bayer these differ to single dose baits used by most pest control firms as well as sold in super markets and hardware stores the difference with multi dose baits is that they are metabolised by the rodent as it takes effect, meaning that the residue levels are much lower. Lower residues mean much greater lower secondary poisoning risk.
Rodent treatment methods
Depending upon the degree of your rat or mouse infestation, we may employ one or several of the treatments listed below:
Baits : We will set up rodent bait stations at various strategic locations in and around the buildings. These rodent bait stations securely hold the bait within the station which means that secondary poisoning of non target animals are greatly reduced to almost zero.
We can set up specially designed humane snap traps where baits cannot be used which will need to be monitored daily
we can use live humane cages if we suspect native rodent are present and relocate them away from your property.
Tracking Powders : Sometimes we may need to use rodent tracking powders and pastes to apply to burrows.
What to expect after the treatment?
- It can take up to 2-3 weeks to completely rid rodents from your property. This is because we need to allow time for the rodents to find the bait and consume the bait for it to work.
- Death typically occurs 4-6 days after the rodents have ingested the bait this allows time for the affected rodent to leave the building and die elsewhere typically 80-90% will die elsewhere as intended.
- If you only have a few rats living in your roof then you’d be very unlucky to have one die in your roof, if you have multiple rats the risk is increased
- When rodents live you in your roof or subfloor they let of pheromones that will attract other rodents to the areas this why we place not only enough bait to kill the current infestation but enough for any future infestations so if you hear noises a few months later. Don’t panic at first unless the noise persists for more than a week. Baits can’t stop rodents entering your house just get rid of them once they’re in
OUR GUARANTEE : At Clean and Green Pest Control we give our customers a 3 month free service period on all our internal rodent treatments. If you continue to have issues after our treatment we will come back free of charge! To book a rat or mouse control and treatment assessment, call or text David on 0477 688 496.
Frequently asked questions about rodents
What is the most effective rodent control?
There are a number of different methods that can be used to control rodents, and the most effective method will vary depending on the specific situation. In general, however, baiting and trapping are the most common and effective methods of control. Baits can be used to attract rodents to a specific location where they can then be trap. This method is particularly effective for controlling populations of rodents in a large area. Trapping, on the other hand, is more effective for targeting individual animals. It is important to remember, however, that traps must be checked regularly in order to avoid harming non-target animals. In addition, both baits and traps should be placed in areas where there is evidence of rodent activity. By taking these steps, it is possible
Do Electronic rodent repellents really work?
homeowner’s worst nightmare is a house infested with rodents. Not only are they pesky critters that can cause damage to your home, but they can also spread disease. For this reason, many people turn to electronic rodent repellents in an effort to keep these unwanted guests at bay. But do these devices really work?
There is conflicting evidence on whether or not electronic rodent repellents are effective. Some studies have shown that these devices can indeed repel rodents, while other studies have found no evidence that they work. it is thought that the effectiveness of electronic rodent repellents may depend on the type of device used and the specific circumstances under which it is used.
What smell keeps rats away?
rats are one of the most common pests in both urban and rural areas. While they are generally not considered to be dangerous, rats can carry diseases and contaminate food supplies. As a result, many people are looking for ways to keep them away from their homes. One method that has been shown to be effective is using certain smells to deter rats. Certain essential oils, such as peppermint oil and lemon oil, have been found to be particularly effective at keeping rats away. In addition, rats are also repelled by the smell of ammonia. So, if you’re looking for a natural way to keep rats away from your home, try using some of these strong-smelling substances.
How do I get rid of rats in Sydney?
There is no single answer to this question as the best method for getting rid of rats will vary depending on the individual situation. However, there are a few general tips that can be useful. First, try to identify where the rats are coming from and block off any potential entry points. This may involve sealing up holes in walls or installing wire mesh over vents and drains. Second, make your property as uninviting to rats as possible by removing food sources and clutter. Keep food in tightly sealed containers and dispose of rubbish regularly. Finally, consider using traps or poison baits to help control the rat population. If you are not comfortable using these methods yourself, there are professional pest control services that can assist you.
What attracts rats to your house?
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of dealing with a rat infestation, you know how destructive and dangerous these pests can be. Not only do they carry disease, but they also cause extensive damage to your home as they gnaw through electrical wires and insulation. So, what attracts rats to your house in the first place? Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that can make your home appealing to these unwelcome guests. One is simply having food available. Rats are opportunistic eaters and will take advantage of any easy meal they can find. This means that if you have pet food or bird seed that is accessible, you’re more likely to attract rats. Another factor is shelter.
Where do rats hide during the day?
rats are nocturnal creatures that are most active at night. However, they will occasionally venture out during the day in search of food or water. When they are not looking for food or water, rats like to stay in dark, secluded places. This could be a burrow underground, a hole in a tree, or even a nest made out of materials like insulation. rats are also attracted to cluttered areas where there are many hiding places. For this reason, rats are often found in attics, basements, and garages. If you suspect that there may be rats on your property, it is important to check these areas for signs of activity, such as droppings or gnaw marks.
Pet and wildlife safe rat and mouse control and eradication services.
If you have any questions about removing rodents from your home or business premises, contact the team at Clean and Green Pest Management for obligation free advice. We are your local Northern Beaches pest controllers specialising in both traditional and the green pest control methods that are safe for your family and pets. Our licensed pest controllers can advise you on the safest and most sustainable ways to control pests including cockroaches, ants, fleas, silverfish, fleas, spiders, ticks, wasps and bed bug eradication. We can also assist with possum removal and bird control methods. We strive to give you the best experience possible in terms of value for money, explanation and clear communication about how we plan to implement our services and pest control treatments. Click here for a pest removal quote or click the buttons below to get in touch.