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Rat Control in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to all kinds of pests, including:

Rodents (rats & mice);
Flying insect pests;
Crawling insect pests; &

Tim Clinnick is the senior pest manager at Pest Control Empire, a major player in the Melbourne based pest management space. Tim says, “Far and away the most common complaint we have involves rodents. Rats and mice are absolutely everywhere and no suburb is immune”.

Rat Control Requirements

The three types of rodents that require pest control in Melbourne are:

1. The common house mouse;
2. The Norway Rat; &
3. The roof rat.

Rat Control | The roof rat
The roof rat is identifiable via its large ears and strikingly long tail

The common house mouse has adapted well to living among humans. Mice are smaller than rats and are far more likely to enter an occupied home than their more cautious rat relatives.

Due to their small stature mice are able to enter tiny gaps to gain entry into a home. Common entry points for mice into Melbourne homes and offices include:

• Weep holes;
• Gaps around pipes;
• Trees that overhang a roofline; &
• Gaps under doors and around windows.

Tim continues, “Our clients are quite often perplexed as to how a mouse or mice have found their way into their homes. I simply explain that if you can fit a pencil into a gap, then that’s more than enough space for a mouse to enter. I also explain that mice can actually scale vertical walls. If I hadn’t seen it I wouldn’t have believed it but it’s true!”

Mice are brazen and can often be seen scurrying around a lounge room or kitchen in search of food. Tim adds, “Mice are very confident if not cocky. I’ve had a few elderly clients that like to eat in their rocking chairs. They often relay stories of mice living under the rocking chair and pillaging food direct from the client’s plate!”

Mice are also inquisitive. It’s this trait that pest control managers in Melbourne use to bring about their demise. Tim says, “We try as far as possible to eliminate any possible food source. This includes putting all food packages into sealed Tupperware style containers, sweeping up all spills, keeping fruit in the fridge and other vigilant hygiene practices like taking internal garbage bins outside daily. We then add rodenticide in locked style bait stations and place them in strategic locations. The inquisitive nature of a mouse will lead it to investigate and feed within the bait station. The rodenticide we use is very effective and will soon lead to the death of the mouse and all his rodent friends.”

The Norway rat also is known as the common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norwegian rat, Parisian rat, water rat, or wharf rat is a very common pest in Melbourne. In fact, it’s the most successful mammal on the planet, behind humans of course!

The Norway rat lives hand in hand with humans and their preference is to dig long and continuous tunnels to provide harbourage from the weather and predators. Tim adds, “Often we receive a call from a client advising that a rat or rats are seen scurrying under their deck. When Norway rat is startled it will run to its burrow. In instances where clients have a deck, it’s very easy for a rat to create a burrow system underneath. At some very infested homes, I’ve crawled around subfloors and observed hundreds of burrows. It’s quite a sight to behold!”

To control the Norway rat we can add locked bait stations around the area where they are tunneling. We can also add tracking powder into each accessible burrow. The powder attaches to the body of the rat. Rats are social and live in groups. They groom other rats as well as themselves. A rat contaminated with tracking powder that gets groomed or grooms itself can lead to death to the colony.

The roof rat is Melbourne’s biggest pest control issue. As the name suggests, these rats inhabit roof cavities. Tim notes, “Our clients call and say it sounds like there’s a party going on in their roof space! Instantly I think of the roof rat. Due to their nocturnal nature, this rat is particularly annoying as it keeps Melbourne homeowners awake at night”.

Signs that you have a rat issue in your Melbourne roof space include:

• Noises at night;
• Scurrying sounds;
• Chewing or gnawing sounds;
• Fighting or mating sounds; &
• Musky odours.

Tim concludes, “A telltale sign of a rodent infestation is an agitated cat or dog. If there’s a rat or a mouse sleeping in a wall, a cat or dog will sit in front of that wall, often for hours on end. This is a dead give away that your Melbourne house is home to rodents”.

We’re a respected provider of rat control and pest control services in Melbourne and surrounding areas. Melbourne is home to many pests and we can help you with them all. Contact us on 1300 665 573 for a quote on your pest control Melbourne needs.

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Melbourne Pest Control In Spring

Pest Control Empire has established itself as one of the best pest control providers in Melbourne. We pride ourselves on creating lasting partnerships with our clients. To achieve this we need to achieve exceptional results for pest control Melbourne.

To achieve exceptional pest control results in Melbourne we need to identify the pest that is causing concern. Once the pest is identified we need intimate knowledge of that pest. This allows us to formulate a pest control plan to eliminate that pest. To create a pest control plan takes experience and regular training. Keeping at the forefront of industry practice is a key tenet of our business model. This has allowed us to become a key player in the Melbourne pest control environment.


Melbourne is host to an array of pests. In Spring we see an upsurge in the following pests in Melbourne:

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In the colder months of Autumn and Winter we see an increase in the following pests in Melbourne:

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The reason for the increase in rodent and possum control in Melbourne in the colder months is more due to the fact that these pests need somewhere warm to survive. In warm weather we find that rats, mice and possums are happy to live outdoors in Melbourne.

However, regular rain and the cool temperature levels of Autumn and Winter see these pests move into Melbourne homes in their droves. So rather than an increase in population numbers, the reason more calls are received for Melbourne pest control for these mammals is weather-related.



Melbourne pest control is therefore very seasonal. As stated, bees are very prominent in Melbourne in Spring. You will notice that on the first few warm days bees will swarm. The old queen and up to half of the original colony will vacate and come to rest at a new site. The colony waits at the new site while a scout bee searches for a suitable location to establish a new colony site.

If we receive a call regarding a swarm of bees in Melbourne we will attend as a priority. If disturbed by a child or a pet the bees will defend themselves. We will always capture the swarm and then relocate them to a safe location. Bees are very beneficial to the environment so we will always endeavour to save them wherever possible.

In Melbourne we see many bee colonies establish themselves within a wall cavity of a home. A very common way that bees will enter into a wall cavity is via a weep hole. Once bees have established themselves in a wall cavity the only viable option is to destroy them. This is a last resort and is the least enjoyable part of pest control in Melbourne.



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Termites have been known to destroy a home in only 3 months

Termites are another pest that swarms in Melbourne in Spring. Termites live in a colony and some have wings. These types of termites are known as alates or reproductives. They are the future kings and queens of the termite world.

During Spring in Melbourne, usually after rain, these alates will take flight. They are in search of a new location to establish a colony. A male and female will find a suitable site, shed their wings, and begin the mating process. Within a short time, a new termite colony will be flourishing in Melbourne.

If you see flying termites you can be sure a large colony is close by. Termites are poor flyers and will not usually be able to stray too far from their original home. If you see flying termites then it’s essential you call us to conduct a pest inspection in Melbourne.


It’s the middle of Spring and pests are on the rise in Melbourne. For quality Melbourne pest control you can’t go past Pest Control Empire. We’re highly trained and experienced at pest control for all Melbourne pests. Contact us on 1300 665 573 for your pest control Melbourne needs.







Possum Removal Melbourne

How do I remove a possum from my roof?

Possum Removal in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to two specific possum species – the ringtail and the brush tail possum. The preferred home for both of these possum types is the hollows of trees. However, due to constant residential development, established trees in our suburbs are few and far between. As such, both these possum species have adapted to residing within our roof cavities. Possum removal is a vital year round service that we offer to the residents and business owners of Melbourne. If you suspect a possum is in your roof don’t delay. Give us a call now on 1300 665 573.

How do I know if a possum is living in my roof?

There are many ways to identify whether a possum is living in your Melbourne roof space. The first sign is constant noise, particularly at night. The possum is a nocturnal animal. It will sleep during the day and then venture outside at night. A possum usually adopts a routine of leaving the roof space at the same time every night.

Our clients will tell us that they hear their resident possum thump its way through the roof to head outside, usually just after dusk. They also state that the possum will return just prior to dawn.

Possums will not usually run in the roof space. In fact, our clients often compare a possum moving inside the roof to that of an elephant thumping around!

Other tell tale signs that a possum is living in your roof can be stains on a ceiling or drip marks down your walls caused by urine. A possum is a large animal and it has no qualms relieving itself in your roof. The subsequent liquid release will leave a mark as well as a pungent odour.

Pets, including cats and dogs, will also alert you to the fact that a possum is living with you. Pets will become quite agitated and will sit or pace in front of a wall where a possum may be hiding within the cavity.

In the worst possible event a possum will die in your wall or roof. The resultant stench and constant stream of blow flies will be a dead giveaway that a possum is in your roof, pardon the pun. We also offer a dead animal removal service in Melbourne.

What attracts possums in Melbourne?

Possums are mainly plant eaters (herbivores) and they prefer eucalyptus leaves, buds, ferns, flowers and fruits. They’ll eat everything from your prized roses to your vegetable garden pumpkins and carrots.  

Possums will also feast on insects, moths, snails, bird eggs, baby birds and even rodents (rats and mice). Birds, rats and mice are other pests that infiltrate our roof spaces so pest control in Melbourne is obviously a necessity!

So if you have trees, plants, fruit trees, vegetable gardens or the like either onsite or close by, your likely to have possums in your area.

How can a possum get into my roof in Melbourne?

A possum can find its way into your roof space through a multitude of spots. Firstly, clench your fist and this will demonstrate the minimum size a possum will need to be able to force itself through a gap.

Possums can find many different ways to enter your roof or walls. Here we see a possum gain entry into a roof via moving some lead flashing.
Possums can find many different ways to enter your roof or walls. Here we see a possum gain entry into a roof via moving some lead flashing.

Now look around your home and check for gaps about the size of your clenched fist. The most common spots are via gables, missing or damaged eave sheets, dislodged or broken tiles, gaps around plumbing pipes, open flue caps, through lead flashing and through rain head gutters and box gutters.

If your house has an exposed subfloor then a possum may be able to navigate it’s way from under your house, up a wall cavity and into the roof space. Possums are expert climbers so they can easily scale a down pipe or plumbing pipe to reach your roof.

Possums also have excellent balance so you’ll often see them climb an electricity pole and then trapeze across a power line to access your roof. If trees overhang or are close to your roofline then this will provide easy access to the roof for any local possum in Melbourne.

We remove possums from Melbourne homes all day everyday so we know all the tell tale signs. The entry point will display fur that transfers as the possum forces itself through the gap. There will also be dirty smudge marks along the route taken by the possum and this will be very evident around the entry point.

How do you remove a possum from my roof?

Once we attend your Melbourne home we’ll conduct a thorough inspection to firstly identify that your intruder is in fact a possum. Once the presence of a possum is confirmed we’ll then identify the entry point and any other potential entry points.

We’ll then close off the entry points before installing a one-way door. This door allows the possum to exit the roof cavity but not re-enter. The door will be installed over or as close to the entry point as possible.

If a possum has invaded your roof we'll locate the entry point and close it. The installation of a one-way door in it's place will allow the possum to still exit your roof space but it won't allow re-entry.
If a possum has invaded your roof we’ll locate the entry point and close it. The installation of a one-way door in it’s place will allow the possum to still exit your roof space but it won’t allow re-entry.

Ideally your possum will leave through the door on the first evening after installation. To encourage it to do so we’ll add food to entice the possum to and then through the door.

Once you are satisfied that your possum has been evicted we’ll attend to remove the one-way door and ensure all entry points are secure. Your possum is territorial and it will do whatever it can to try and get back in! They’ll even chew threw timber.

We’re licensed and insured to conduct all forms of pest control. We’re also happy to offer a 12 month warranty on our possum removal Melbourne service. Call us now on 1300 665 573.

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