Rats on the rise in Sydney

Our technicians are constantly battling to control rats throughout the Sydney region. From Western Sydney to Surry Hills, rat numbers appear to be on the rise. As the weather starts to cool into the winter months, the natural environment for rats are outside burrows in gardens and soil areas, (as pictured below), nesting in stored items and debris. Trees & shrubs become less inviting and rats choose to move inside premises to live and breed in areas such as roof voids, wall cavities, and internal areas. These areas provide both warmth and good access to food sources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some simple tips for making your home less conducive to a rat infestation:

  1. Ensure all of your household garbage is in tightly sealed in bins, which rats cannot access – restrict their access to food as much as possible.
  2. Alter your building so that rats cannot gain entry. Look for access holes that rats can use such as where pipes enter buildings and gaps under external doors. Sealing these points and others similar will make it harder for rats to enter. Using a gutter guard to seal the roof can be also be helpful in stopping them entering the roof via the gutters. Restrict their access to shelter as much as possible.
  3. Trim excess trees and shrubs from around the perimeter of the structure, especially trees that overhang the roof. This will take away both harbourage areas and make accessing the roof a little bit harder for them.

When all else fails and control measures need to be implemented, Amalgamated Pest Control will look at all the available options. The two most common methods of control are:

  1. Trapping: Using traps to physically trap and remove rats.
  2. Chemical Control: Includes a wide range of baiting techniques most commonly bait blocks used in Tamper Resistant Rodent Stations. These baits are secured inside the station and cannot be removed. Also the use of tracking powders, gels and other baits may be used as required.

Some simple tell tale signs of rats 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 the areas 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.

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Richard Coleman is the Communications Officer with Amalgamated Pest Control.

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