Increase in rat infestations this winter
Our technicians are constantly battling to control rats throughout the Dalby region with numbers rapidly increasing this winter season.
As the weather starts to cool into the winter months, the natural environment for rats are outside burrows in gardens, paddocks, soil areas and nesting in stored items and debris around properties.
Trees and shrubs become less inviting and rats choose to move inside premises – that’s inside your house to live and breed.
Rats and Mice will take up residence in areas such as roof voids, wall cavities, and internal areas. These areas provide both warmth and good access to food sources.
How to treat Rat and Mice Problems
When all else fails and pest control measures need to be implemented, Amalgamated Pest Control technicians will look at all the available options. The two most effective methods of control of rats and mice are:
- Rat Trapping: Using traps to physically trap and remove rats.
- Chemical Control: Includes a wide range of baiting techniques most commonly bait blocks used in Tamper Resistant Rodent Stations, (as shown below).
- These baits are secured inside the station and cannot be removed making them pet and child friendly. Where needed, tracking powders, gels and other baits may be used as required.
How to identify you have rats and mice
Some simple tell tale signs of rat infestation to look for around your property:
- Sounds – Scratching and shuffling noises in the roof.
- Droppings – Found in and around the building.
- Tracks – Run tracks or rub marks, (dark greasy marks), along walls or plumbing pipes.
- Gnawing – Damage to food packets in the pantry. Additional indicators would be holes in skirting boards or conduits, cables being stripped of insulation or cardboard/paper products being chewed.
- Visual sightings – Sighting of rodents scurrying around and sighting of rodents nesting material in stored boxes.
- Excitement of your family pet – If your dog or cat is acting strangely, for example excessive barking in a particular area of your home, they might be trying to tell you something.
- Sensors / Alarms – being triggered, particularly within 1 or 2 specific areas of the premises, can be an indicator of rodent activity within an area.
If you believe or suspect that you have rats or mice, please contact your local team for further advice.