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Rat Control

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Professional rat control by Pest-Zap can remove your rat problem and prevent seriously damaging your property and spreading disease in and around your property.

Rat Control Services

  • Certified And Licensed Professionals Local to Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs.
  • Licensed, qualified, insured and certified pest control service professionals.
  • Effective results.
  • Owner operated.
  • Available before and after hours, seven days a week, at normal rates.
  • Friendly and courteous.
  • Safe and proven Rat control products.
  • Rat Pest Management Plan.
  • Australian pest control standards.
  • Ongoing after-sales service.
  • Safety conscious. Environmentally friendly.

“Doug was a lovely professional person to deal with. Will not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family ” - Suzanne

Rat Control In Melbourne

Melbourne is a thriving and livable city and like most cities, they can be subject to rat infestations. Let’s explore below the various issues related to rats and rat control:

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Rat Pest Indications

The first step to seeing if you have a rat infestation is to first understand whether or not one exists in the first place. The following can be indicators that you have a Rat problem:

  • Food disappearing or being found partially chewed;
  • Holes in surfaces where there would not otherwise be holes;
  • Rat droppings;
  • Rat urine;
  • Tufts of fur near any of the aforementioned areas; and
  • Sounds through the night that sound like squeaking, scratching or fighting.

These indicators are common to all types of rats.

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Common Types Of Rats In Melbourne

The most commonly found rats in Melbourne are Norway Rats, Roof (Black) Rats, and the House Mouse. The following are the most common characteristics of each type of rat.

  • Norway Rats:
    • Found in any human environment.
    • Makes bolt holes to escape easily.
    • Reproduces in winter, producing up to 48 young in its lifetime.
    • Weighs almost 0.5 kg.
    • Coarse brown fur.
  • Roof (Black) Rats:
    • Weighs approximately 250g.
    • Excellent climbers and, as such, are commonly found inside walls and ceilings.
    • Coloured fur of brown, black or grey. They may also have a white undercoat.
    • Black eyes, a pointed nose, and rounded ears.
    • A life expectancy of one year.
    • Produce up to 40 young in its lifetime.
  • House Mouse:
    • Found both indoors and outdoors.
    • Fur coloured either grey or brown.
    • Variety of food preferences.
    • Weighs approximately 20g.
    • Body and tail tend to be approximately the same length.
    • Large ears compared to their head, with a pointy nose and black eyes.
    • Produce up to 60 young in its lifetime.

How A Rat Control Service Works

  • Remove everything that would attract rats including sources of food, water and shelter.
  • Identify that you have a rat problem and where they are.
  • Select your method of control and implement it.

There are a variety of methods that can be implemented to control rats including rodenticides, traps, and baits. Of these options, traps are the most environmentally and family-friendly.

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Benefits Of A Rat Control Service

Engaging a rat control service is beneficial. Not only will they assess your situation and provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your strengths and weaknesses in preventing a rat infestation, but they will provide a tailored approach to managing any issues you may have. Additionally, a pest control service will provide a maintenance plan in which they periodically return to review and, if necessary, update their rat management protocols.

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Rat prevention

At the end of the day, the best method for dealing with a rat infestation is to prevent it in the first instance. The best way to do this is to remove anything that would attract rats to nest in your location. Items to consider controlling or removing completely include, but are not limited to:

  • Sources of food and water;
  • Options for access and egress;
  • Sources of shelter and warmth; and
  • Ideal breeding conditions.
Rat Control Service Areas

PEST-ZAP is located in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs, so if you are located in and around this side of Melbourne, we have got you covered for pest control, extermination and pest management.

For a list of all locations in the Eastern Melbourne region click on the link or give us a call.

  • Balwyn
  • Bayswater
  • Blackburn
  • Box Hill
  • Broadmeadows
  • Brunswick
  • Bulleen
  • Bundoora
  • Burwood
  • Camberwell
  • Campbellfield
  • Canterbury
  • Coburg
  • Croydon
  • Diamond Creek
  • Doncaster
  • Donvale
  • Eltham
  • Fairfield
  • Fawkner
  • Forest Hill
  • Greensborough
  • Hawthorn
  • Heathmont
  • Heidelberg
  • Ivanhoe
  • Kew
  • Lalor
  • Macleod
  • Mill Park
  • Mitcham
  • Montmorency
  • Northcote
  • Nunawading
  • Park Orchards
  • Pascoe Vale
  • Preston
  • Reservoir
  • Ringwood
  • Rosanna
  • Surrey Hills
  • Templestowe
  • Thomastown
  • Thornbury
  • Vermont
  • View Bank
  • Wantirna
  • Warrandyte
  • Warranwood
  • Watsonia
  • Wonga Park