Rodents (rats & mice) are a serious issue that affect many Australian homes. Our homes are very attractive to them, as they provide them with everything they need: food, water and shelter.
Rodents do not only spread diseases and contaminate food, they also cause damage to your home. Rodents have to continually gnaw on their teeth to keep them from growing too long. They will gnaw on anything even, so when you hear noises in your roof, walls or under your home they are not only nesting, but they may be gnawing on your water pipes, plaster, ducting for you heater and air-conditioning, and electrical cables and conduits. Every year homes are water damaged and fires are caused by rodent infestations.
What to do if you think you have rodents
If you suspect a rodent infestation in your home, contact Dawson’s Australia to inspect and treat the pest problem. At Dawson’s Australia, we will provide recommendations to help keep you home rodent free.
Dawson’s Australia’s exclusive treatment
At Dawson’s we will treat your home using our exclusive multi-dose bait in a powder form.
We will treat the rodent entry points and harbourage areas throughout your
- roof void and eave line
- external wall cavities
- subfloor area (unless you home is on a concrete slab)
- internal harbourage areas
The reason we use this multi-dose treatment method, and not the traditional single feed baiting system is to ensure we keep your family and pets safe. With this type of baiting there is a greater risk of secondary poisoning. This can occur when your pets consume dead rodents affected by the single feed bait or if the rodents chew part of the bait off to take it back to the nest to feed the young, they may be startled by your pet or a bird and drop the bait in an area accessible to your children and pets. Rest assured when we are treating your home we always provide safe, family and pet friendly control methods.
Dawson’s exclusive multi-dose rodent treatment comes with a 6 month free service period/warranty.
How to tell if you have rodents
Here are some tell-tale signs or key indicators of a rodent infestation:
- Droppings - Usually, the first clue of a rodent infestation is their droppings. You may find these anywhere, but most of our clients first find these in the pantry or kitchen cupboards and drawers. Mouse droppings are smooth with pointed ends, and are 3-5 mm long. Rat droppings are shiny black and depending on the species will be from 12mm to 18mm long.
- Sounds - While you may not be able to see them, you can probably hear rodents moving throughout your roof void, wall cavities, subfloor areas, or even under the kick panelling of you cupboards. This can also cause some pets to be excited and clawing at a particular area.
- Damage food packaging - Rodents will gnaw their way through packaging to get to food products; you may see this in products in your pantry and cupboards.
- Odours - You can smell rodent urine or a musty odour in some poorly ventilated areas such as your pantry and cupboards where a rodent infestation is present.
- Sighting – You may see mice or rats scurrying along a wall or under some furniture.
- Gnawing - Rodents have to gnaw continuously to keep their teeth down and under control. You may see evidence of this on you walls and ceilings but this also occurs in areas you cannot see such as water pipes, ducting for you heater and air-conditioning, and electrical cables and conduits. Every year homes are water damaged and fires are caused by rodent infestations.
- Runways and Grease marks - Greasy rub marks are caused by rodents repeatedly rubbing their oily fur along runways e.g. walls or entrance points. Rats are neophobic (scared of new things) so they will follow the same runway throughout their territory.
- Tracks - Rodent tracks can be seen in areas where there is a layer of dust, such as under the house, in the roof or inside the home on a dusty surface or under furniture. Often, rodent tails also leave a swing mark.
- Burrows - Burrows can be found along walls, or fences, under buildings and deckings, stored items, vegetation, wood piles or concrete slabs.
Rodent Prevention Tips
There are many ways homeowners can proactively prevent and get rid of rodent infestations in their homes:
- Install door seals on the bottom on exterior doors.
- Install screens to vents and chimneys.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
Why Choose Dawson’s Australia
- Quick Same Day / Next Day Service
- We Provide Safe, Family Friendly Control Methods
- Knowledgeable & Certified Technicians
- Comprehensive Treatments to Control the Rodent Infestation!