Have you heard sounds, such as scratching, light thumping and gnawing? Or maybe evidence of droppings, urine stains, greasy smear marks along rats main routes, and teeth marks? These are some of the indicators that rodents are present in your home. And because rodents are social animals, you will not just have one rat, you could have a whole community.
Rodents need to continually gnaw on hard materials to wear down their front teeth. This behaviour results in damage to  telephone and electrical cables which can cause fires and other costly damage. 

Winter is a peak time of year when rats and mice will come in out of the cold to nest in our roof, subfloor and kitchen areas. However, due to heightened housing development work in Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs in recent years, we have seen enormous population growth. They will construct nests close to where they scavenge for food and water and can eat a large variety of human foods.

Contact Austrapest to discuss your particular needs with your rodent problems and we will customise an ongoing solution for you. 

The Austrapest Treatment for Rodents

Your local Austrapest technician can provide a service for rodents including thorough inspections, identification, physical trapping, proofing of entry points, baiting, supplying and installing lockable rodent bait boxes. We ensure the safety of pets and children as part of our environmentally responsible and sustainable approach to pest control. Lockable Bait stations are now the recommended method of baiting according to the latest code of practice in rodent management. They are ideal to use in sensitive sites such as schools and kindergartens. They are also very important to use in external areas as they are tamper and weather proof – ensuring the safety of children, pets and non-target animals.

Lockable rodent boxes offer

- Safer bait containment for people/animals in easily accessible areas.
- Direct contact with rodent activity before the pest enters the home/building
- Convenience of client maintenance for regular bait refilling.


Rats are neophobic, which means they have a fear of new things in their environment and will stick to well known routes. Austrapest advises that stations are placed in areas of known activity, and left undisturbed.

The 3 main rodent species considered pests in Australia

The Norway Rat or Sewer Rat (Ratus Norvegicus)

A larger rat that lives at ground level. 

The Roof Rat (Rattus Ratus)

A slender rat with a pointed nose, large ears, a tail longer than its head and body, and a very skilled climber. 

The House Mouse (Mus Musculus)

Will colonise a variety of habitats. Because of its size and ability to move about quietly, infestations will go unnoticed until numbers are large. 

DIY Prevention

You may be able to block entry holes and pay close attention to sanitation and hygiene. Pruning back bushes to discourage easy access for climbing rats to your roof may help. Aviaries, rabbit hutches, compost bins will all attract rats and mice. So placing these away from the house is important.

Life Cycle & Habitat

Rats and mice are mammals, warm blooded animals, which belong to the group known as rodents. They live in most countries sharing food and shelter with humans.
These pests are responsible for large amounts of food loss and contamination from the crop stage through to the storage of processed foods. They are incontinent which means they continually urinate along their trails and on food. We feel fear at their ability to transmit disease. Bubonic Plague or black death (which is transmitted to humans via the Oriental rat flea) killed 25 million people in 14th Century Europe. Although not a problem in present day Australia, other diseases - eg. salmonellosis, do exist.

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