Rats and mice cause all sorts of mayhem throughout Australia, particularly in rural areas where they are a big pest for farmers. In addition, rats tend to be found in urban areas, too, so you can find them in just about every corner of the country. If you face an infestation of rats, then calling in a pest control expert is likely to be the best way forward. Pest control firms have the necessary expertise to get rid of a large population of rats. That said, there are steps you can take to deal with the problem. What should you do in such circumstances?
1. Take Early Action
To begin, you should remain vigilant about the potential presence of rats on your property. If you leave it too long, then the population can build up, and you will be forced to turn to professional pest control companies to help you. On the other hand, if you notice rat droppings or footprints, then you should take immediate action yourself which may be able to resolve the problem before it gets out of hand. Bear in mind, too, that you can often only hear rats scurrying around and may not be able to spot them directly. Rats have poor eyesight, so you will sometimes see they have left smeary trails around them - another good thing to look out for.
2. Seal Up Food Sources
Rats can be on your property because they have found a source of food and water. If you have detected their presence, then one of the best things you can do is to put all of your food into sealed tins. Even plastic containers can be gnawed through by rodents, so metallic containers are the best option. Most pest control experts would also advise you to place all of your food waste in a metal bin with a lid that can be sealed down so that rats cannot gain access to it.
3. Block Up Access Points
Inspecting your property is another good idea. If you notice cracks under the floorboards or in the cavities of your walls, then look for any potential entry points and block them up. To stop rats getting onto your property in the first place, it is a good idea to install mesh fencing or to repair fence panels that have been damaged to make like harder for them.
4. Consider Some Feline Intervention
Another good tip is to buy a cat. Cats have a just reputation for being able to deal with an infestation of rats and mice. However, you should consult a pest control expert about the use of a cat, especially if you have laid poison down in an effort to rid yourself of them.
For more information on rats, contact a local pest control company.