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Have rats or mice
moved into your home?

Rodent Control Experts - Bendigo and Central Victoria

For professional rodent control to get rid of mice and rats safely, call the rodent experts at Go Pest.

Rats in your roof or mice in your pantry is cause for concern. Not only is there an “eek” factor, but their droppings and urine are disgusting and they are known to transfer a number of diseases.

If you’re worried about rats and mice in your business or on the farm, quick and safe elimination of the problem is a must.

Effective control of rats and mice take a bit of know-how and with children and pets around, it’s important to do it safely.

For effective and safe rodent control call the experts at Go Pest Bendigo

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Our Rodent Control Programs

What rodent control programs do we provide?

  • Inspection and recommendations on rodent proofing
  • Identification of species, nesting site and entry points. More information on the types of rodents in Victoria…
  • Implementation of baiting program (or other control measures)
  • Inspection and recommendations on rodent proofing
  • Initial control program (if current infestation)
  • Agree regular maintenance program (typically monthly / quarterly services)
  • Service reports for each visit and supporting documentation

To keep disease carrying rats and mice out of your home call Go Pest Bendigo

Our Professional Rodent Treatments for Rats and Mice

The first part of any rodent control program is to carry out an inspection. It is vital to identify the species, map the areas of activity, understand how it is accessing the property and if possible locate the nest.

The correct pest control program can then be put in place to solve the problem.  This may involve the use of rodent baits or traps to control the non-native species, or traps to remove and re-home any native species.

A rodent control program will require our qualified technicians to determine how many stations or traps are required depending on the size of the home, the surrounding environment and the severity of the infestation. For more involved problems or serious infestations, it may take several visits to gain control and sometimes an ongoing control program may need to be put in place.  

Mice control is relatively straightforward (unless we’re talking about a mouse plague!). Mice are very inquisitive – they will readily explore new things (such as bait stations and traps) and will like to try new foods (such as rodent bait). So as long as the bait is placed in the correct location, the mice will find it quickly and often eat some on the first night after placement. This means control can be achieved in 4-7 days.

However, the trick is placing the bait in the correct location. Mice tend not to travel far from their nest, often only around 5 m. So the key to success it locating their nest, be in inside the house or in burrows outside.

Rat control is a bit more difficult than mouse control. Firstly, there are two different species – the roof rat and Norway rat – which have very different behaviours. It’s important to identity the species correctly as it influence the choice of bait and placement. For example, to control roof rats, bait will have to be placed above ground along their foraging trails or near their nest.

Secondly, rats tend to be neophobic, which means they are frightened of new objects. As a result they will often ignore bait stations, traps and rodent bait for several days after placement until they get used to it. This will often delay the time taken to gain control by several days.

The use of any rodent product not only takes into account the species, but any safety considerations; children, pets, food areas, etc. We always use lockable bait stations in our baiting programs and stations will be placed out of the reach of children and pets. However, sometimes this is not possible and so alternative techniques, such as traps, may need to be used.

Our professional rodent baits contain a highly effective rodenticide. They are called “single feed” rodenticides – the rats and mice only need to eat a very small amount to receive a lethal dose.

Once they have eaten the bait it may take 4-7 days for the rodent to die.

Whereas most rodent problems in residential areas can be controlled in 1-2 visits, in cases of a severe infestation or for businesses requiring ongoing protection, several visits or an ongoing rodent protection plan may be required.

More detailed information on how rat baits work

norway rat eating grain
Rats and mice contaminate food with their urine and faeces
house mouse chewing through electrical wiring
Rodents commonly chew electrical wiring and are a common cause of house fires

How to Prevent a Rodent Problem

There are two main activities homeowners and business owners can carry out to minimize the chances of rodents or possums taking up residence;

  • Seal any holes / cracks in the floors, walls and roofing
  • Remove vegetation from the immediate perimeter of the building
  • Prune any branches over-hanging the building

Learn how to rodent proof your home

  • Place garbage in sealed, rodent proof containers
  • All stored food to be place in sealed, rodent proof containers
  • Do not leave pet food outside
  • For chickens, rabbits and any other animal that is provided with grain foods, implement a feeding regime that minimises waste food that would be available to rodents.
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