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Tim from Pest Control Empire is reporting a very busy period for
Melbourne pest control. He notes, “It’s been a very cold winter and as a result, there has been a surge in the need for our services. Possums have been invading our homes in large numbers as they try to evade the cold weather. Rodents, particularly rats, are also moving indoors in large numbers. If you could sleep outside in the cold or inside a nice and warm roof with a heater operating below, where would you rather sleep?” 

These two animals often live hand in hand and they both have the exceptional climbing ability. The rat requires only a small entry point to get indoors. A possum, while larger than the cunning rodent, still only needs an entry point about the size of a clenched fist to get inside. The older homes in Melbourne have deteriorated over the years and multiple entry points have opened up.

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Possums and rats are commonly found living in harmony in our roof spaces.

Both of these animals belong outdoors and can inflict untold damage to a home. They rip up insulation, urinate, defecate and cause all sorts of mess. Rats chew wood, communications cabling, and electrical cables. The reason they do this is to control the growth of their front teeth, as they continue to grow throughout their lifetime. Fires have been known to be started by these unwanted guests. There really is only one option for these invaders: eviction! We don’t recommend any do it yourself options for either of these furry critters as knowledge of their behaviour, and the options available to remove them need to be known.

Rats are generally baited but knowing where to position the baits and in what amounts is vital to achieving success. Possums cannot be poisoned as they are native to Australia and are therefore a protected species. There are many options available, including blocking off entry while the possum is outside feeding or if the roof is tiled, the ability exists to install a one-way door. Identifying the entry point is a skill and there may be several so that’s why it’s best to call in Melbourne pest control experts like us.

Tim also reports that termites are still active at this time of year, despite the fact that they do not need to feed as much in Winter. He says, “Termites are an ever-present danger to the homeowner. They are far more active in summer as they prefer warm conditions. However, they still need to feed when it’s cold so that will and are still going to be found eating the wood in our homes”.

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Tim recommends a termite inspection every year. He continues, “Detecting termite activity is difficult and something best left to the experts. We have the required equipment as per Australian Standards. We know what to look for and where to look for it. I can’t recommend the importance of a regular inspection for termites. The CSIRO suggests one in three homes will be damaged in its lifetime. The average bill is $7,000 and insurance will not cover it”.

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