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Rat control is important in order to avoid a number of serious diseases, which rats are known to transmit. The Centre for Disease Control lists nearly a dozen diseases directly linked to rats.

Rats can be very persistent and if they manage to gain access into your home or business they can spread these diseases, cause considerable damage and contaminate food.

  • Rats can damage your home’s insulation.
  • They can chew through floor joists and walls.
  • They can cause fires by chewing on electrical cables.
  • Rats can undermine hill sides, retaining walls and other similar structures through their burrowing activity.

Even having rats in the yard and outside can present a tremendous risk, particularly since those areas are visited by children and pets.

Rats are well known to spread disease, damage property and contaminate food and animal feed. If they are able to gain entry to your home or business, they can introduce other unwelcome parasites like fleas, lice and ticks.

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Acting on the first sign of a suspected rat problem can help to drastically reduce the length of time needed to effectively control a rat infestation. Rats are able to breed quickly and a small problem has the potential to develop into a serious issue if left unmanaged.

How to Identify Signs of Rats

As nocturnal creatures, rats are most active between dusk and dawn and usually hide from humans during the day. It is often easier to spot the signs of a rat problem rather than the actual pest itself.

Rat Droppings – tend to be found in concentrated areas as rats produce up to 40 droppings per night. Brown rat droppings are dark brown in a tapered, spindle shape resembling a large grain of rice.

Scratching Noises – black rats in particular are agile climbers, earning them their common name – the roof rat. They can easily gain access into loft spaces and upper floors of buildings, so scratching noises at night may suggest their presence. Brown rats on the other hand, are less adept climbers. You may hear them scurrying under decking, sheds and floorboards. They are more likely to be identified by a grinding noise they make with their teeth known as bruxing.

Footprints(running tracks) – Rats leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of buildings. Shining a strong torch at a low angle should reveal tracks clearly. To establish if a rat infestation is active, sprinkle fine flour or talc along a small stretch of floor near the footprints and check for fresh tracks the next day.

Rub Marks – rats use established routes along skirting boards and walls due to their poor eyesight. Grease and dirt on their bodies leave smudges and dark marks on both objects and surfaces they repeatedly brush against. These marks may indicate rodent activity, but as smears may remain for a long period of time, they are not a good gauge of an active infestation.

Rat holes – brown rats are well known for digging and excavating extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting. They build rat burrows next to solid objects or structures (decking, garden sheds, garages etc.) and rat holes are also found in secluded, well vegetated areas such as gardens and wasteland.

Have You Spotted Rat Droppings?

If you think you have roof rats, or if you have spotted any rat droppings or other signs of a rat infestation, it is important to act quickly to control the problem and reduce the health risks posed by this rodent.
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At Azalia Pest, our qualified local technicians are backed by global knowledge and innovation and are able to provide the most effective solutions in getting rid of rats on your premises.

We can also provide you with rat control advice to avoid an infestation in your home or business.

Rat Nests – not only will they nest in burrows, rat nests can be found in lofts, attics, crawlspaces, under eaves and even in cavity walls. They will shred available materials such as loft insulation, cardboard and other soft items to make nests.

Looking for solutions to get rid of rats in your home or on your business premises? Professional rat removal is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of rats. Our expert services offer a reliable form of rat control and a long term solution to a rat infestation.

Finding rats in your home and hearing suspicious noises coming from your roof or behind your walls can be very frightening. Rats discovered on your business premises can pose a real threat to stored products and may cause damage to property.

Except for the health hazard that they pose, rats have also been known to cause fires by chewing through wiring. If fact, they can even gnaw through wood, plastics and mild steel, which is why it is important to rely on the Azalia Pest experts who know how to get rid of rats at the first signs of an infestation.

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Rodent Bait Station

Our rodent bait stations are tamper resistant and offer a safe solution to get rid of rats.

Getting Rid of Rats with Azalia Pest

At Azalia Pest, our qualified local technicians are backed by global knowledge and innovation in getting rid of rats. We have the expertise to offer specialised rat control solutions for your home or business, which can guarantee fast removal through the use of safe and targeted treatments.

How to get rid of rats? Our rat bait stations are developed in-house to successfully control a large rodent infestation.

Benefits of our Service

  • Trained licensed Technicians
  • Thorough inspection of rat activity
  • Range of customisable, targeted treatments
  • Safe treatments for your family, pets, guests and colleagues
  • Scientifically tested solutions to ensure success
  • Expert pest prevention advice

If you have spotted signs of a rat infestation, such as droppings or the unpleasant smell of rat urine, it is time to get professional treatment.

Discovering rats in your home or business can be very distressing. Fortunately, there are ways you can exercise rat control and prevent an infestation.

Proofing your home to deny rats entry and removing easy access to food and water can really make a difference. Rats need easy and consistent access to a water source, even though they only drink between 15 – 60ml per day. They will eat almost anything available, but they do prefer to eat small amounts of a variety of different foods.

Rat Prevention Tips

See our rat control tips below on practical ways you can help to prevent a problem:

  • Keep foodstuffs in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Tidy inside the house and around the garden – less clutter means less places to hide.
  • Place outdoor rubbish bags in metal bins with securely fitted lids to stop them feeding from contents.
  • Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids – preferably above ground level.
  • Keep gardens free from debris. If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.

If you have already spotted signs of rats, such as droppings, prevention may already be too late.

Contact Azalia Pest today to arrange a survey to check for signs of rats.

By proofing your home, you will help to make it seem less attractive to rodents. Rats will make the most of any opportunity to enter your home in the search for shelter and food.

While black rats are good climbers and will happily inhabit lofts, brown rats can climb but tend to burrow more. They are very adept at swimming in sewers and drain systems and both species will gnaw at gaps to enlarge them enough for easy entry.

Proofing Your Home

  • Entrances – fit strips to the bottom of doors and weather-stripping around exterior doors as a form of rat control. Young rats can squeeze through small gaps under doorways and will also use cat flaps to enter. They will enlarge gaps by gnawing to enter homes via integral garages.
  • Gaps in exterior walls – fill holes or small openings (around utility cables or pipe work) with stainless steel wire wool and caulking or concrete. Steel or aluminium plating can be used. Rats can jump, so check up to a height of about 1.2m.
  • Roofs – repair roof damage and use wire mesh to seal gaps. To exercise rat control, trim vegetation away from your home. Rats climb along electrical cables or use overhanging branches to get into loft spaces and attics through gaps in broken roof tiles or under eaves.
  • Drains and sewer pipes – keep toilet seat lids closed. Rats have been known to swim up damaged sewer pipes and get round u-bends in toilets. They will also use drain pipes and drainage outlets. Use tightly fitting metal grates or screens to cover drains, especially in basement areas. Check that all drain pipes are in good working order.
  • Eliminate clutter and items like firewood next to your home.

Thinking about going the DIY route?

If you are thinking to make use of DIY rat poison, baits and traps, be sure to approach with caution and ensure you carefully read all warning labels and instructions.

If you are noticing a rat problem,  taking matters into your own hands will not always prove effective as an infestation can quickly escalate and will require the help of professionals. DIY rodent control products can also prove health risks if children or pets come into contact with these products.

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Need Professional Rat Control?

Regular pest control is often the most reliable form of prevention. Rat bait stations professionally managed by Azalia Pest is a trusted rat deterrent and is safe to use even in locations where children or pets are present.

Your local qualified Azalia Pest technician can provide the most suitable treatments to a rat problem identified in your home or business. Professional services are often the most reliable way to guarantee long-term solution to a pest problem.

DIY Rat Poison and Rat Traps Advice

Rat killer solutions: offering guidance on rat extermination products

Wondering how to catch a rat? Do you have a rat infestation and are planning on eliminating rats with rat poison, rat bait or rat traps?

First things first: there is no single rat killer product that can offer a 100% guarantee to completely exterminate rats. If rat control is not implemented quickly and effectively, an infestation can quickly spread. A wide range of DIY products to kill rats – such as rat traps and rat poison – are available in your local supermarket, and these may be partly effective in dealing with rats in low risk areas.

DIY Rat Poison

Rat poison is mostly sold in corrosion, or finished bait form. There are also various contact dust and gels are available from supermarkets that attach to the fur of rats and is spread and consumed during their cleaning reflex.

The are two different types of rodenticide available to kill rats:

  • Single feed rodenticide: This is not the preferred product around your home or in sensitive environments, as there may be risk of secondary poisoning. For example, if your cat consumes a rat that has ingested the bait, there could be an adverse effect on your pet.
  • Multi feed rodenticide: This poses less risk of secondary poisoning, although primary poisoning may still exist. This means the placement and type of bait station plays an important role.
  • Why DIY rat poison solutions are not effective

DIY Rat Traps

Different rat traps are available on the market; from snap traps to live traps. With live traps, regular checks at shorter intervals are required, where the “snap trap” is sold with a rat bait.
  • Why DIY rat traps are not effective

Keep in mind the below when selecting a DIY rat killer solution

Whatever method you select to kill rats, it is essential to follow the product instructions carefully for safe and effective use, and also to ensure humane rat control.

Rat baits and traps are very powerful and should never be used in areas that children, pets and wildlife can reach.

For properties that experience a heavy infestation, it is recommended you seek professional help. Please refer to our page on professional rat control solutions.

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DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of rats, it is best to only seek professional help even though there is DIY rat control solutions available. A proactive approach is required when taking the DIY approach to managing an infestation, and will take up a lot of time. This route will need to be monitored to ensure it is successful.

You will need a basic awareness of common rodent hideouts to make your spot treatments more effective. You will also need to understand how and whereto they can spread to control the level of infestation.

Taking the professional route requires you to find your local, pest control expert to deal with the pest problem at hand.

  • How to choose the right pest control expert

Contact the Experts for Professional solutions

Even though DIY solutions can temporarily alleviate rodent problems, it is always best to call the professionals to deal with the problem. Our trained and certified technicians understand the habits and behaviour of rats and can implement a tailored solution depending on the level of infestation, your premises and needs.

How do I know if I have a rat infestation?

It is often easier to spot signs of a problem, rather than the actual pest. Rat droppings, scratching noises, footprints (running tracks), distinctive smell, rub marks, damage, nests and burrows. For detailed information, visit rats infestation.

Why are there rats in my house?

Rats in your property doesn’t necessarily mean your place is dirty. Rats are attracted to anywhere there is food, water and shelter. Only small holes are required for a rat to squeeze through.

How do you get rid of rats in the house?

There are common treatments you can undertake such as traps, but we strongly recommend a professional service due to the damage rats can cause to property, causing fires through chewing of cables and the potential to carry disease.

How to get rid of rats without poison or traps?

Other than traditional traps, there are bait stations with the bait, or rodenticide, that is used being safe to use even in areas where there are children and pets.

What types of rat killers are there?

Our qualified, licensed and trained technicians use a range of different rodenticides when controlling rats. For a full list of the chemicals used and products details, please see our rodenticides page.

Why do I need to get rid of rats?

Rats are filthy and can spread disease as well as chew anything including wires, pipes and insulation. Rat droppings can be hazardous and they leave urine anywhere they go.

Should I get professional rat removal?

Professional rat removal is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of rats. Expert services offer a reliable form of rat control.

When is the best time to get rid of rats?

The sooner you remove rats from your property the better.