Rats have historically been responsible for many health issues across the globe. There have been accounts through 1000’s of years of recorded history of plagues followed by millions of deaths attributed to rats. So it’s no wonder that rats and mice spring fear into many..
Rats themselves are not the only sources of these diseases, in fact many diseases (such as the black plague) are spread by the fleas that live on the back of the rats.
Its estimated that 5 out of 6 houses in Queensland have rats either in the roof cavity, wall cavity, garden shed or on and around the property. That’s extremely alarming when you consider that there are a number of current day diseases and illnesses that are spread by rats.
5 out of 6 homes does sound like a lot. If we say that the statistics are wrong by 40%, lets say that 3 out of 6 homes have rats. That means that either you or your neighbor will likely have at least one family of rodents living on or close to your property.
Now I’m a pest controller and I have even had rats in my roof, but obviously I don’t have them any more. This was easily solved with placement of baits in my roof and the blocking in of some access.points.
A big problem for me is that I also have a hen house, and a couple of dogs. These are both great food sources and attractions for rodents. I can control the dogs to some extent, by cleaning up the dog droppings and making sure that no food scraps or bowls are left out at night. But lets face it that’s not always possible, and you can never really be 100% clean with dogs. But as far as the hen house goes there isn’t a great deal I can do, as chooks are messy bastards..
Tips For Rodents
Because I have great food sources around my property rodents are going to love visiting my home. So for me the only option left is to ensure that I continue to keep my area around my house clean. This includes:
- Putting away the dog dishes at night
- Cleaning up the dog droppings
- Relocating the Garbage Bins away from the house
- Keeping tree branches off the house
- Making sure I don’t have anything leaning against the house
- Sealing any potential access points into roof and cavities
- And of course I put baits into crawl spaces every 12 months
All rat baits are not the same. If you go to your local hardware store or supermarket you can purchase many across the counter rat baits. However these are non restricted baits, which means that as long as you have the money you can purchase them. Yes I will concede that they are potentially dangerous, if your dog eats one they will most likely die, and you do need to ensure children stay away from them. But you don’t require a pest controllers license to purchase them.
The reason you don’t require a license is because they are not restricted, they do not operate in the same manner as baits which registered pest controllers have access to. In most cases the baits you can purchase only have a shelf life of weeks to a few months. This means that once opened you need the rats to start eating them immediately. The baits that pest controllers have access to have active ingredients that last around 12 months.
The chemical component in off the shelf rat baits also contain compounds which means that the rodents will die in the roof space or walls, as they are designed to kill shortly after consumption. Where as the products pest controller use (the ones we use) have an active ingredient that sends the rodent in search of water. This means they leave your house cavities in search of water, and are usually found dead close to the water source. This is because they cannot stop drinking and wont leave their water source and will usually die very close by. This means no smells, not rotting rats in the roof or walls, not flies or maggots.
Rodent Service – $120
Our rodent service costs $120. We will come out and do an investigation of your home, look for possible entry points and place baits into your crawl spaces/roof cavities.
Note: As part of our service we also offer you a combined discount if your also receiving a general pest treatment. If your already getting a general pest control treatment (that same day) then we will automatically discount the rodent service by 50%.
That’s a $60 discount – Please see our Special Discount Page