Mice & Rats Pest Control
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Mice & Rats breed every 6 weeks… If you have ANY signs of Mice or Rats you need to act now or risk damage to your property or health!
Rodents are destructive pests that can spread disease, contaminate food and destroy property.
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How can I help prevent a rodent infestation?
- Store food in secure containers.
- Wash dishes immediately after use.
- Seal all unintentional holes, gaps and cracks larger than 5 mm.
- Install weather strips at the bottom of exterior doors.
- Remove any piles of debris.
- Trim branches, plants and bushes that hang near the building.
- Ensure that gutters are directing water away from the building.
- Commercial bait stations
What do I do if I suspect a rodent problem?
Because of the health concerns related to rodents, anyone suspecting a problem should contact a licensed pest management professional. Newcastle Pest Control professionals can help identify and eliminate rodent problems.
To control mice & rats, you must “think like them,” keeping in mind the behavioural traits noted above. The best way to control rodents is to prevent their entry. Mice are able to squeeze through extremely small openings narrower than the diameter of a 10 cent piece therefore cracks in the foundation should be sealed, as should gaps and openings under doors and where utility pipes enter the structure.
Rats are good climbers and will often enter via the roof space where openings and ventilation occur.
Good sanitation and food storage practices are helpful in reducing problems with rodents. Since seeds are a preferred food, all vegetable gardens adjacent to the building should likewise be eliminated. However, because mice are able to occupy such small nesting areas and survive on minute amounts of food, sanitation alone will not normally eliminate an existing infestation.
Control Using Rodenticides
Nearly all baits are formulated exclusively as food-based baits containing seeds or grain as an attractant. Most rodenticides are anticoagulants containing Brodifacoum, Bromadiolone Chlorophacinone, Diphacinone or Warfarin as active ingredients.
They kill by interfering with normal clotting of the rodents’ blood, causing the animal to die from internal bleeding. Since mice forage only short distances from their nests, optimum results are achieved with multiple bait placements as close to the mouse harbourage as possible.
We take extreme care when positioning baits in areas inaccessible to children or pets. Dogs, in particular, will seek out and find baits placed in areas which are accessible. This is why we will nearly always place the baits securely in the roof void when possible. In the event your home does not have a roof space we place the baits in areas that are not accessible to children or pets. When this is not possible we place them in tamper proof containers which are only accessible by the rodents.
The rodents will nibble on the bait and will then feel a desperate need for water. The rodents will generally leave the house immediately. This of course goes a long way to reducing the chance of them dying in the home and thus giving off that unpleasant odour. This often happens when supermarket brand baits are used due to the low amount of poison in the bait and the way it is presented to the rodent.
Control Using Sticky Traps/Pads
Sticky traps/pads are used by many pest companies. We do not use them as we feel that they are an unpleasant form of control for the rodent. (we are not going to go into the details).
Transfer Of Poison To Pets Etc
There is a lot of conjecture about this topic. Some people will tell you that if your dog ate a mouse or rat that had eaten the poison the dog would die also. Based on the manufacturer’s comments and our own results obtained from clients when this has happened has shown no support for this. In fact we have had a situation when a dog had actually eaten the poison directly after an owner had moved one of our baits where a dog got access. The end result was nothing as the dog was fine. As this was eating the bait directly as opposed to eating the poisoned mouse or rat you would have to draw the conclusion that the poison was not sufficient to hurt the dog. (This obviously depends on the dogs’ size, weight and amount of poison consumed. The dog in question was about 25kg and ate two whole blocks).
We have attempted to inform you honestly about these baits as they are the only treatment that we do that is considered a health risk to children and pets. We take every precaution when placing these baits in your home and will always spend the time to explain the ups and downs of this type of treatment as your family always comes first.
Types Of Rodents
Roof Rat or Black Rat
Norway Rat or Brown Rat
Bush rats are a protected species so best to try some non lethal pest control methods. Physical deterrents are always the best however some of the techniques below work reasonably well if applied often.
- Peppermint oil
- Keep your garden clean
- Remove food and water sources
- Soil netting
- Sealing gaps
What is the difference between a rat and a bush rat?
To tell the difference between a black rat and a native bush rat, look at the tail. The black rat’s tail is twice as long as its body and is nearly naked – almost segmented like a very skinny earthworm. The bush rat’s tail is shorter than its body and quite furry.
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