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How can I discourage rats from my property?

05/07/2020 BPM 0 Comment

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.