A BETTER CLEAN
Is it rats or mice that you want to eradicate?
This does make a difference because they have different feeding patterns.
If rats find something they like to eat they're likely to eat enough in one feed to get a lethal dose.
Mice on the other hand, tend to nibble bits here and there so they may not get a lethal dose from a single feed.
We sometimes use more than one type of bait so they're more likely to get a lethal dose.
We usually control rodents with either rodenticide powder which kills them as they groom themselves, or with a range of anticoagulant baits.
Sometimes we need to use both methods combined, especially if they are in places which are difficult to get at, like in sarked ceilings.
Part of our Pest Management job is to help you prevent rodents getting into your place. So, as well as killing those that are in your place, we usually inspect to see where they may be getting in and advise how to rat proof the building.
Most often, if a rat has access to your roof, it can get into your ceiling, so we recommend ways to stop them.
If rat proofing is not a viable option, we advice using a preventative maintenance program where we set up waterproof bait stations in strategic places around the section.
This means that when rats come out of the bush, long grass, or creeks around your place, they get poisoned outside before they get to set up house inside.
These bait stations need to be monitored regularly. Most of the places that we service get done once a month in passing.
As for costing, the standard rodent treatment starts at $150 (either ceiling, interior of house, or subfloor) + $55 for any extra area you want treated.
The Preventative Maintenance Program initial set-up fee with lockable stations is $290.
Monthly monitoring is usually about $39 plus 65c each for baits replaced + GST.
In out-of-town areas there would also be a travel/establishment fee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will they die inside?
With rats there is a 50/50 chance of them dying either in or outside.
Rats need water daily so there is a very real possibility of them dying while they are outside.
Mice, on the other hand, can get enough moisture from your Weetbix so they don't need to go outside.
There is a good chance that mice may die inside.
What about traps?
Traps only tend to catch the young and the unwary, so baiting is the most effective option.
Phone Larry & Jos on 0274927035