Protect your health – keep rats and mice under control
- Around the world, rats and mice are known to spread over 35 diseases.
- Diseases can also be transferred indirectly by ticks, fleas, and mites that live on infected rats.
- Rats can be discouraged and controlled simply by denying them food and shelter.
- Rats normally come out at night.
Signs you may have an infestation of rats or mice include
- droppings (12 mm to 18 mm long)
- added debris such as snail shells or fruits with the sides eaten out
- bones left in the corners of sheds, under homes and other secluded spots
- greasy trails or rub marks along paths they travel, especially supports or beams
- burrow holes around buildings
- signs of gnawing damage
- pet dogs, cats and birds being more excitable than usual
- squeaking, gnawing or scratching noises in walls, cupboards, ceilings and under floors.
Rats can be discouraged and controlled simply by denying them food and shelter
- Store firewood away from the sides of sheds and fences and keep it well clear (40 cm) off the ground.
- Regularly remove or limit garden waste or other disused material in sheds or around your yard.
- Remove fruit and nuts from trees or vines at the end of the season.
- Block holes and other potential access points around all buildings.
- Store bird seed and chicken feed in an airtight container.
- Keep pet food dishes clean and store bulk pet food supplies in containers and locations where rats cannot enter or chew through.
- Maintain rubbish and compost bins free from holes.
- Do not include meat scraps in compost.
- What should I do if I have rats on my property?
Property occupiers and owners are required under the Health Act to prevent rats harbouring on their property.