RATS & MICE Australia Pest Control
  The dirty rats... can burn Your house down  
  Fire starters - rats often cause fires buildings by gnawing through plastic electrical junction boxes. Rats must constantly gnaw on hard objects to cut back their constantly growing incisor teeth.
Severe health risks - rodents live in unsanitary places - are known carriers of serious diseases to humans from their droppings and incontinence  - rats use urine trails to track their way in the dark.

Roof Rat - BLACK RAT

Sewer Rat -  BROWN RAT

House Mouse
Rat pests - 2 main species - commonly found in domestic and commercial premises throughout Australia - the roof rat and the sewer rat. The correct identification is essential to formulate an effective rat extermination and control program - each species has different habits that can be exploited by the pest controller in order to solve the proiblem in a safe and effecient manner.
Rats - unsanitary habitat - in drains - under concrete - in sub-floor - in garbage refuse areas - kitchens - roof voids and other areas where a potential food and moisture source is available.
  Rats to school holidays - homes near schools and colleges often experience an inflex of hungry rats during school holidays - the rats were previously feeding on food scraps left by students in the school yard or college grounds.
Shelter from the cold - rats and mice are more likely to become a serious problem during the cold winter months - much warmer in the subfloor or roof void of a building - rats may suddenly appear in large numbers when excavation work disturbs their in-ground nesting locations.
Waterways rivers creeks and canals are high intensity rodent nesting sites.
  RATS & MICE • Professional Pest Control methods  
  Professional knowledge of the rodents habits is essential to eradicate a problem, for example, rats avoid bait touched by human hand - they have an acute sense of smell "cunning as a rat".
Pest control options - include sticky straps - mechanical traps - a chemical baiting program for severe cases or where a rapid solution is required. A rodent control baiting strategy utilises custom-made rodent bait station designed to protect the bait from human contact. Whereever possible the rodent bait dispensers are installed in areas which are from access by children and pets - for example - in a roof void and sealed sub-floor and/or storage rooms.
Ring the Experts for any baiting program to obtain essential rapid control using the latest safer technology. Some of the older style rat baits are ineffective as the rodents have built up an immunity due to the widespread use of such baits during the past 30 years.

Sanitation - housekeeping tips - both rats and mice pests thrive where food and water is readily available - we recommend all food stuffs be kept in sealed containers or rooms - similarly garbage and refuse should be stored in sealed plastic bags and garbage containers - water and food bowls should not be left in the open at night as this will encourage a rodent infestation in and around the building.
  RATS & MICE • Pest Control Cost & Warranty  
  The cost of professional pest control for rats or mice will vary depending on the size of the premises and the severity of the infestation as several visits may be neccessary to monitor and replenish the bait stations. Applicable service warranties may also vary depending on the circumstances.
Expect to pay about $150 to $250 for medium size residential premises. Commercial and manufacturing premises are quoted upon inspection. Highly problematic infestations over wide area may be more expensive.
Service warranty period may vary due to rat or mice species - the severity of infestation - environmental factors that promote reinfestation.

  Consumer Protection Advice • Pesticide Safety Issues  
  Pesticide safety be wary of very cheap prices for rat and mice control - check which pesticides are to be used - do they propose to use the far cheaper, less effective, solvent based pesticides which can be acutely harmful in premises where occupants may suffer from asthmatic or other bronchial ailments.
Be careful when selecting a pest controller it's far too easy to get a State Govt WorkCover issued Pest Control Licence and start up a pest control business - using mostly unsupervised trainees who have little knowledge of rodent pest species or rodent control pesticides .... more details
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