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INCREASE IN RODENT ACTIVITY IN MELBOURNE

We’re riding the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne and it seems the local rodent population is riding the wave with us. Tim Clinnick, of the Pest Control Empire , notes a dramatic increase in rodent activity in Melbourne. Tim says, “If the current number of enquiries continue then it’s going to be a bumper season for rats and mice in Melbourne”.

There are many reasons why rodent activity has increased in Melbourne. Social distancing and working from home may be a major factor.
Tim continues: “It may not actually be that rats and mice are in higher numbers this year. I believe the closure of cafes and restaurants, particularly around the Melbourne CBD, may have resulted in a drop in food for rodents. The lack of people in the Melbourne CBD has also likely decreased the amount of litter that the local rodents would normally feed on.”

Rats Melbourne

Tim notes that a scarcity of food may have resulted in rats and mice venturing further in search of a meal. He also notes that rodent sightings during daylight hours have increased.

Tim explains: “Rats and mice are nocturnal so they usually search for food at night. The fact that many people are sighting rodents during the day indicates to me that food is scarce and they’re getting desperate.
However, it could also indicate that the population level of rodents is high at present”.

It’s imperative that the pest control industry operates as normal during COVID-19. Could you imagine a city overrun by rodents? This could be the reality is the pest industry is crippled.

Professional pest companies in Melbourne for the following reasons should control rats and mice:

• Rats & mice spread disease;
• Rats & mice contaminate food;
• Rats & mice damage property.

Tim says: “Rats and mice need to gnaw of solid objects to wear their teeth down. If they didn’t gnaw their teeth would grow so large that they wouldn’t be able to eat. Generally, rats and mice will gnaw on timber to grind down their teeth but it’s also very common for them to gnaw on cables. It could be an electrical wire or your Internet connection that they destroy. Rodents are quite often the cause of an electrical fire!”

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Melbourne’s outer suburbs are also experiencing a surge in rodent activity. As the temperature cools in Melbourne it’s common for rats and mice to venture closer to our homes in search of warmth. Common locations for rodents to live include:

• Roof cavities;
• Wall cavities;
• Subfloors; &
• In the case of mice, they will live behind the fridge, dishwasher, or under the kitchen sink.

Tim notes that mice are brazen in nature as opposed to the rat that has more of a shy disposition. “Rats have an established fear of people. For some reason they think we don’t like them and that we’re trying to kill them! Rats have been around for millions of years and will always thrive where people are in close proximity. We’ll never get rid of them totally and generally, we rarely see them so our phobia is less for the rat than the mouse.”

Tim continues, “A mouse sighting is enough to make a grown man shriek in fear! Mice are brazen and inquisitive. They’ll live inside our homes and venture out in search of food within our view. I guess they know they’re quicker than us and able to fit into gaps we can’t access”.

Contact Pest Control Empire on 1300 665 573 to discuss your Melbourne rodent control options. We operate in every Melbourne suburb. If you require rat or mouse elimination in Melbourne then we’re the team for you.

Rat Control in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to all kinds of pests, including:

Rodents (rats & mice);
Possums;
Flying insect pests;
Crawling insect pests; &
Birds.

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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How to avoid a mouse infestation

  • Maintain the cleanliness of your home. This includes immediately wiping up food spillages and even removing crumbs from your toaster;
  • Eat meals at the dining table rather than the living zones to avoid food falling down the sides and back of the couch or chairs;
  • Never leave dirty dishes in the sink;
  • Run the dishwasher daily;
  • Keep garbage in a tightly sealed rubbish bin and empty the contents to the outdoor bin daily;
  • Store recyclable products outside and away from your home;
  • If recyclables are stored inside make sure they are thoroughly rinsed and kept in a tightly sealed recycling bin;
  • Remove clutter including boxes as mice will nest in these areas;
  • Ensure that all food items (does not include food stored in a can or jar) are stored in the fridge or in tightly sealed plastic containers. This includes fruit, vegetables, chips, lollies, cereal, bread, nuts and dry pet food;
  • If you have school children inspect their school bags for food items and place any rubbish in the bin;
  • If you own pets such as a cat or dog ensure that their food bowls are cleaned after every meal & if you own birds sweep up discarded seed.

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When mice have infiltrated your home we will implement a baiting strategy. Locked bait stations (child and pet tamper proof) will be placed in areas of known activity. We also add bait to the roof cavity & subfloor (if applicable).

Provided all other potential food sources are removed, the resident mice will feed on the bait very quickly.

If you follow our plan you should expect to be mouse free within 7-14 days if not sooner.

Call Pest Control Empire on 1300 665 573 to book your appointment with a qualified mouse exterminator now.

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