Rat Control – What’s Hiding In Your Kitchen?
We recently had a call from a worried mother in Dromana, Melbourne saying she had a mouse problem and boy, she wasn’t kidding! What she didn’t realise though is that she actually had a serious rat infestation. The problem was so bad that her children complained they regularly saw these rats running in their bedroom – at one point, one even crawled across one of her sons while he slept! Yikes!
After hearing what was happening to this customer and her family, we wasted no time and had one of our technicians out to see her that same day.
What To Look For
But what do our technicians look for? And what should you look for if you’re wondering whether you have a rat or mouse problem?
Other than actually seeing one, the most obvious sign is if you have food around your house that’s been nibbled at or eaten.
Mice vs Rats
Mice eat several times a day and will go back and forth between their home and food source, nibbling at their food a little bit each a time. This will usually leave bits of crumbs around the food source and is a good sign that you have an unwanted visitor. Rats however, will eat enough for the entire day in one sitting. This means that instead of nibbling, rats use their incisors (front teeth) to bite or gnaw at food, allowing them to eat much more at a time. Fortunately for us, a rat’s incisors are quite large which means they leave very obvious signs of their presence, particularly in foods such as fruit.
Other signs that you have a rat or mouse problem includes seeing droppings, track marks, grease marks, urine stains, nests, hearing sounds or smelling odours. We’ll shortly be uploading an FAQ with our top 10 signs that you have a rat or mouse problem, along with a detailed description and pictures so you know what to look out for.
In the End… Do I Need Mouse or Rat Control?
Leave this one to your pest control technician. This guide is to help you identify that you have a problem early on and to call in the professionals. We recommend that you ask your technician to also conduct a preventative treatment and give you a guarantee for your entire house (not just your kitchen). If they won’t, move on. Pestline’s services include a preventative and a guarantee to get rid of your rat or mouse problem. Call us today on 1300 361 646 if you need mouse control or rat control.