Pest Prevention Tips & Advice

Rats in Endeavour Hills

A Rat’s Paradise

When you hear the word rat, like most people what comes to mind is dirty sewers or gutters, rubbish, disease and just plain filth.

You imagine rats living at the rubbish tip, in bins or in the stormwater drains, but not for one minute do you think of your own home!

Rats enter homes for the same reasons as humans – food, water, and shelter.  Rodents (Rats and Mice) are warm-blooded animals, so seeking a warm place to nest is a natural instinct for them.

Rats can do plenty of damage while looking for their dream home.  They can gnaw through wood, insulation, and wires to create nests, and access food inside your home.  They can also cause your appliances to short and are a common cause of house fires.

Rats aren’t picky eaters – milk, meat, veggies, soap, leather, fur – it’s all good to them. The first thing that attracts rats to a house is its garbage and/or compost if they are not well covered. Once in your yard or house rats will sniff out any unsecured food – commonly bags of pet food, birdseed, or even grass seed.

Sheds and garages make the perfect homes for rats as an Endeavour Hills family had the misfortune to find out.

With the dog’s bowl as a food and water source as well as a compost bin in the back yard, their cluttered garage was just the home these rats were looking for.

Take a look at the evidence of the rodent’s arrival below.

Not only are rat droppings a health hazard, but the rats had also damaged boxes and stored possessions while creating their nest and making themselves at home on this Endeavour Hills property.

A quick call to Dawson’s Australia and the technician had it well in hand. Taking into account the family’s pets and small children, the technician ensured to treat areas that were out of reach of the children and pets with our exclusive powered bait that is safe for all people and pets. In addition to the rodent control treatment, the Dawson’s technician also recommended that the family clean and tidy the garage and shed, cover up the compost and raise the dog’s bowls off the ground as these were inviting signs for rodents.

Keeping your sheds, garages and yard tidy can help to minimise the locations rats can make nests and feeding pets inside can help to limit the food sources at your property.

Contact Dawson’s Australia on 9222 2222 at the first sign of rodent activity.


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