Rodents

Things you can you do to prevent rodent harbourage: 

  • Remove accumulations of disused materials and junk including building materials, wood piles and old furniture etc
  • Prune and remove overgrown vegetation
  • Remove fallen fruits and nuts from trees and rotting vegetables from vegetable gardens to reduce food sources for rats (this also assists with fly prevention)
  • Ensure compost heaps/bins are covered and protected from rodent access
  • Keep pet food dishes clean and only feed pets (including birds) enough food for the day
  • Store pet food, poultry and bird feed in sealed air tight containers
  • Clean out chicken pens and aviaries on a regular basis
  • Install rat baiting stations around your yard and monitor them to ensure that an adequate bait supply is maintained at all times
  • Set traps in areas of suspected harborage
  • Block any potential access points/holes around your home, such as around air conditioning services or electrical conduit entries into the roof cavity (please ensure that you do not seal up 'weep-holes' or other ventilation bricks required to remove moisture from your home cavities).
  • Older properties in the City may have open eaves; chicken wire is a common method of preventing entry by rodents and other pests.

Alternatively, a licensed pest control operator may assist by completing a pest control treatment.

How do you know if you have a rat problem?

  • Sounds: noises in the ceiling at night may indicate a rodent problem
  • Droppings: can discern if you have rats or mice as residents
  • Tracks: run tracks along walls and fences are also evidence of a rodent problem
  • Gnawing: damage to food, pantry doors and goods may be a sure sign of rodents
  • Visual sightings: seeing a rodent is a dead giveaway
  • Fruit trees: Signs of fruit or vegetables being eaten or gnawed in the garden
  • Nest and food caches: Rats store food particularly snails and nuts in the corners of sheds and ceilings
  • Pet excitement: if your dog or cat is acting strangely and staring at one spot in the wall of roof they may be trying to tell you something

Remember, generally, rat and mouse activity occurs in an area where there is:

  1. Sufficient protection from the weather enabling them to make nests; and/or
  2. A convenient source of food within the vicinity.

Using Rodent Baits Safely
Please ensure that all rodent baits or traps are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The City of Nedlands information sheet “How to effectively use rodent bait” contains further details.

Limited amounts of rodent baits are available free of charge to residents from the Administration office at 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands.  Rodent baits may also be purchased from supermarkets and hardware stores.

Documents 
Information Sheet - Pest Note - DoH Facts on Rats
Information Sheet - Pest Note - Rat and Mouse Control in and Around Buildings
Information Sheet - Rat Baiting Hints

Documents

Information Sheet - Pest Note - DoH Facts on Rats

Information Sheet - Pest Note - Rat and Mouse Control in and Around Buildings

Information Sheet - Rat Baiting Hints