Rats and mice are well adapted to living in close association with humans. Their presence is undesirable due to their ability to cause damage to structures and wiring, spoil and contaminate food, and transmit disease to humans.
Rats and mice are most active at night time. The following signs can be used to identify rodent activity:
How to deal with rats and mice on private property
Droppings – Food near shelters/nests, feeding areas, travel paths;
Burrows – Found outside, along walls, under buildings, in roof insulation, and in stacked materials;
Gnawing – May be evidence of gnawing on woodwork, electrical cabling, food containers etc.; and
Noise – Scratching, fighting, squeaking, clawing and gnawing often heard during the night.
Baiting is the most effective way of dealing with rats and mice. Baits can be purchased from hardware stores or supermarkets. It is important to keep baits away from children and pets. Baits should be used as directed in the product instructions.
Rats and mice on Council property
Rats and mice on Council property should be reported to the Healthy Environments Unit on (03) 5471 1700 or complete a Council Service Request
Council does not treat rats or mice on private property.