Rat and Mice Treatments
Mice and rats are more than a nuisance in a building.
Not only do they transmit diseases, but they also damage valuable properties.
However, the good news is that they are easy to spot and detect.
On the downside, rats are prolific animals that reproduce rapidly.
In other words, only one or two rogue rodents can colonise your entire residence.
At Pro Pest Control Cairns, we take the long-term view of rat treatment and removal.
Our rodent pest management includes preventive actions and exclusion tactics that help you avoid full-scale invasion.
We also reduce the risk of accidental pet, wildlife, and human exposure to rodenticide by using safe chemical and non-chemical solutions.
How we treat
Our rodent inspection will help us ascertain the presence of the pests in your home. After confirming their presence, we will look for entryways and attractants. When we confirm the two, we can proceed to effective treatment.
The best and most effective way to keep rats out of your home permanently is to seal all entry points. This includes sealing:
- Holes near closets, cabinets, and doors leading to crawl spaces or outside.
- Holes around missing screens, spaces, and vents under your property damage
- Unscreened ventilation holes in the attic and cracked foundations in the basement, especially for older homes.
- Holes around appliance pipes and sinks.
Our technician will identify all possible entry points during the inspection and take active measures to seal them. After sealing the entryways, we will remove attractants like open garbage containers and food storage to make your commercial property less attractive to mice and rats.
After sealing entryways and removing attractants, we will proceed to eliminate the rats that are currently in the building.
We use traps in place of toxic poisons for removing rats. Traps offer visual confirmation of captured rats and let us examine the effectiveness of the treatment. It also helps with the disposal and prevents dealing with the odour of a rotting carcass in places out of your reach. More importantly, traps are not dangerous to children and pets.
Why are they considered pests?
Rats are one of the most destructive pests in residential and commercial establishments. As omnivores, they will eat anything available to them. For example, rats will chew through walls, insulation, electrical wiring and food. When food is not available, the nasty pest infestation can even proceed to chew on your feet and hands while you sleep.
Rats can survive for about a month without food or water. Females can also mate up to 500 times in six hours and, depending on the species, can give birth to 22 young at once. They have a gestation period of less than a month, and one brown rat can give birth to 2,000 babies in a year.
On the health front, rats carry pathogens in their urine and faeces. They include leptospirosis, hantavirus, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and many more. They also host parasites like ticks, fleas, and will contaminate food supplies with germs and bacteria. Apart from this, people with asthma can suffer irritation and allergies from rat droppings.
Common species in the city
- House mouse
- Roof rat
- Norway rat
Common signs of infestation
- Bullet-shaped droppings
- Grease and dirt rub marks
- Chew marks on plastic, wood, wiring, etc.
- Noises at night, including squealing, gnawing and scratching
- Nests made from paper, rags, and straw
- Signs of Rodent Faeces sightings
Treatment tips and advice
- Adopt a cat
- Remove piles of garbage, clutter, or debris from around your yard
- Leave at least 3 feet between bushes and plant shrubs and the building.
- Remove outdoor food sources that can attract rats.
- Rub peppermint oil indoors or plant mint outside in your garden
- Seal interior and exterior gaps and holes with wire wool, cement, metal kick plates or caulk.
- Store food in tightly-sealed containers and clean spillages
- Use a feeder basket for feeding birds to avoid attracting rats
- Protect your compost heaps with wire mesh
- Repair your drains and ensure that they are sealed off
- Don’t dump food directly into the dustbin
- Don’t use rodenticide in places where pets can pick up dead rats
Are rats and mice the same?
No, they are not. Rats and mice differ in size. While mice are generally small, measuring just about 4 inches in length with a 4-inch tail, rats are much larger. Rats can have bodies that grow up to 11-inches in length and a 9-inch tail. As expected, rats weigh more than mice.
Will the rats come out to the open to die after eating a poisoned bait?
No, rats will often die inside walls or inaccessible places after ingesting a poisoned bait. This will cause your house to smell for a few weeks while it decays.
How are rats getting into my home?
Through roofs, cracks in walls, trees, power lines, and any other entry points.
What kind of damage can rodents cause?
They can cause costly damage by gnawing on wires, insulation, wood structures, and contaminating food. Their sharp teeth allow them to chew through various household materials.
Why are rodents attracted to certain areas?
They are looking for food, water, and shelter. Cluttered areas with available food provide the perfect breeding ground for mice and rats. Keeping a tidy home helps deter them.
How can I make my property less appealing to rodents when selling?
When putting a house on the real estate market, ensuring there is no rodent infestation or signs they could nest onsite is key. Fix any openings in the grey colmy they could access and clear any clutter.
Why Choose Us
- $20 Million Public Liability Insured
- Local Cairns Business
- Eco-friendly Treatments
- Proud Member of AEPMA
- Fast and Reliable Exterminators
- 10 Years of Experience
- 3 month rodent control warranty
- 100% Customer Focused service
- Queensland Government Licensed Pest Technicians
- Free Quotations
- External and Internal Rodent Bait Stations
- Rodent Control
- Mice, Black and Brown Rats
- Bayview Height
- Mount Sheridan
- Port Douglas
Take the first step to a rodent-free life and pest free environment.
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Dial 07 4277 5555 and benefit from expert advice today.