Rat Control

As well as causing considerable damage to building structures, rats can also be carriers of a numbers of harmful diseases, and their quick eradication is essential to ensure you and your family’s safety.

Pest Ex is the leading provider of safe and efficient rat control services.  We are well known for our quick response times and professional on site service, and have over ten years’ experience in the effective detection and removal of rats.

Our pest controllers use the latest in cutting edge technology to seek out and destroy rats and their nests, and we use only environmentally friendly pest control chemicals and rodenticides to completely treat any affected areas.

Contact Pest Ex today for your free no obligation quote on our rat control services.

Has Your Property Been Damaged By Rats?

When you own a property, the last thing you want is to find it has been damaged in some way by a pest.  All pest infestations can cause issues and be difficult to get rid of, however rats can pose serious health issues and cause significant and costly damage to building structures.

When confronted by the reality of having rats in and around their properties, the facts for property owners can be disturbing.  They can:

  • Cause serious damage to electrical wires and cabling, creating a fire hazard
  • Eat their way through the property’s insulation
  • Damage and undermine walls and floors
  • Cause structural damage to the areas surrounding a property, including fences, retaining walls and landscaping features

Don’t let your property become a victim to rats – get professional rat control help from Pest Ex.

Rats Are Known Disease Carriers

Apart from the physical damage rats can inflict on your home or business, they are also known disease carriers.  This can pose a serious threat to anyone in the vicinity of the affected area, including you and your family, your pets, employees and visitors to your property.

The common diseases associated with rats include:

  • Salmonellosis, which is a type of poisoning from eating or drinking food or water contaminated with rat feces.
  • A bacterial disease called leptospirosis, which can develop in anyone in close contact with water infected by rats.
  • A dangerous viral disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome which can be caused by either being bitten by a rat, coming into contact with rat urine or feces, or breathing in the dust and detritus that has been contaminated by rats.

Rats breed so quickly one or two in the area can quickly turn into a family, and then an infestation.  This is a serious health risk as many of the diseases they carry are easily transmittable, and there is also the added issue of rats bringing with them a range of other pests such as fleas and ticks.

A healthy and safe property is a property without pests.  Get your property checked out by the rat control professionals, Pest Ex.

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How To Check if You Have Rats In Your Property

As soon as people hear about the very real dangers of rats, they generally want to know the ways to check if they have a rat issue in and around their property.  It is important to conduct regular inspections for rat control purposes, and to give you peace of mind that your building as well as your family will be safe.

Rats are not always easy to spot, and it is unlikely you will be able to see them during the day as they are nocturnal.  The best idea is to look instead for evidence of rats.  This can take the form of:

  • Structural damage inflicted on your property or its contents.  Look for eaten skirting boards or frayed electrical cables, damaged insulation and torn packages of food in the kitchen.
  • Rat droppings.  These look like dark brown grains of rice, and can be found anywhere that they are active.
  • Burrows and nesting areas in and around the property.  These will be generally well hidden but close to a source of food such as garbage or a compost bin.
  • Rat paw prints.  You have to get lucky to be able to spot rat paw prints, however it can become easier if the area is dusty or if you have sprinkled talcum powder or other fine powders down beforehand to catch the pests in action.  This can work wonders if you’ve found an entrance to a nest or burrow and want to find out if it is active.
  • Rat sounds such as scratching.  Have you been awake at night only to hear unusual sounds of scratching in your walls or ceiling?  Or have you been sitting in your garden only to hear something scurrying about under your verandah or deck?  Chances are that’s caused by rats.

If you do find signs of rat activity in or around your home or business, it’s critical to contact the professionals as soon as possible to manage the issue.  Alternatively, if you would like a professional set of eyes to thoroughly examine your property, contact Pest Ex.

Rat Control Solutions by Pest Ex

Pest Ex uses the latest in high tech tools and techniques to detect, exterminate and eradicate rats in your home, or place of business. We support rat removal services for both residential, commercial and industrial properties alike.

The products we use are not only the most effective on the market, they are environmentally friendly and safe for you, your staff and family.   We take pride in our work, and offer a 100% guarantee on all of our services.

For a detailed overview about our rat control services, please see below –

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Rat Baiting

For homeowners we do not recommend DIY rodent chemical baiting.

This is because there is significant risk of secondary poisoning to humans and their pets. Most homeowners are unaware that most bait available to you at the local hardware store will have a secondary kill. This means that if a rat eats the bait you’ve purchased and dies in a roofing gutter, it may end up in your water tank. Also if your pet finds a dead rat and eats it the pet or local wildlife will most probably die also. Successful rat baiting should involve professionals using the right control agents with no secondary kill and a thorough assessment of your property and its surrounds, then baits can be used correctly.

Rat trapping

There are a number of ways rats can be trapped – live traps, for example, are designed to catch the rodent live. This is designed for the pest to be relocated or disposed of by the homeowner. These live traps cause the rodents no physical harm.

Homeowners and professionals commonly use snap traps, as they get rid of rats individually and can be disposed of instantly. These also kill the rats instantly from a jaw bar that closes. Glue boards are also a common form of trapping rats. These glue boards are usually placed in an area where rats are seen or heard. The rat walks on the board and is trapped by an adhesive base on the board. There is a common problem with glue boards and that is the rodents try to escape from the glue board and can cause a lot of noise.  If you’re a restaurant owner and have glue boards in your ceiling void this may cause a disturbing noise for your dinner guests!

Successful rat trapping all comes down to a correct assessment of the property type and placement of the correct traps in areas of rodent activity.

How long does an assessment take?

A rat control assessment and service usually takes about 1 hour, and will involve a site assessment.  Questions will be provided to the property owner regarding their current rodent problem/experience. Our service technicians will then apply the correct control methods to fix your rodent problem.

How long until the rats are gone?

If rodent traps are installed, rodent control may take as little as hours or up to 3 days.  With rodent baiting this may take 3-7 days from when the rat ingests a single dose of bait.
Ongoing treatment and monitoring

Ongoing monitoring against rats is highly recommended.  Once your infestation is eliminated there will always be the future threat of more rodents. Rat baits are usually installed in a lockable box and placed in hidden areas around your home. It’s common for homeowners to get these baits serviced every 3 months. If baits have been eaten they are replenished with new baits during a service. This will ensure any new rodent population will be eliminated before it has time to set up camp in your home of roof void.

Customer safety

The safety for your family and pets is important to us.  We assess your problem and implement the correct treatment with minimal risk to you and your pets. There are serious safety procedures as Rodenticides can be harmful to humans and pets, and extreme caution must be taken when using these control agents and professional service is recommended.

What is the cost of rat control?

The price of rodent control can vary depending on the size of the infestation and the type of property to be treated. Residential homes can usually be controlled for $150.00.  This will include a site assessment and placement of baits in safe areas using lockable bait boxes. If you have a large rodent problem, there will usually also be a rodent redbaiting fee of $110.00. This is usually done 7-14 days after the initial service, and includes inspecting the previously installed baits and topping up of bait blocks. It’s common for rodents to eat 10-20 rodent blocks in the first 7 days after installation.

It is also common for restaurants and nightclubs to have rodent infestations. These are usually treated using a combination of baits, glue boards and traps. Commercial rodent control usually can cost between $220-$330 for a single service and consult because there are more products used and also more time involved to service.

Get in touch with us for a thorough rodent assessment.

Contact your local Pest-Ex professionals

It is best to take action on rats and rodents early as the infestation can grow rapidly.  Contact Pest Ex for any of your rodent control needs today.

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