The best method for Rodent control is prevention. However this is not always possible and, as such, pest control services may need to be engaged in order to manage the issue.
Below we will consider the rodent pests most prevalent in Melbourne as well as the advice required to prevent and manage any rodent issues. We will also discuss the difference between rodents and rodent pests in Australia.
Types Of Rodent Pests In Melbourne
The city of Melbourne, located on the east coast of Australia, is one of the major cities. Additionally, it is the capital city of Victoria, one of the states of Australia. Melbourne boasts a climate experiencing all four seasons, including chilly springs, hot summers, chilly and sunny autumns, followed by cold and wet winters. Some parts of Melbourne even experience episodes of snow.
Melbourne is afflicted most commonly by three types of rodent pests. These are:
Roof Rat; and
According to the Victorian Pest Control Programme, all three of these rodents are considered to be major pest concerns and require controlling.
The differentiation between rodent and pest rodent is significant as Australia has a large population of native animals that fall into the rodent category, but are not considered pests to the native flora and fauna.
5 ways to Prevent Rodents
Some methods that can be used to control and prevent rodent infestations are listed below.
List 5 ways to Prevent Rodents and explain the benefits of each way.
Clean. The best way to prevent rodents is to remove any source of food or shelter for them, thereby discouraging their presence in the first instance.
Dry. Ensure there are no sources of water for rodents to access as this will invite rodents to linger rather than move on and seek water elsewhere.
Prevent Access. By closing up any gaps, even small crevices that may not normally bring to mind a second thought, can all be opportunities for a rodent to create an avenue for access and egress.
Rodenticide. These are formed by including poisons that are designed to react with the biochemistry of the rodent.
Trapping. Professional pest controllers are able to place traps with baits and glues that can be both terminal for the rodent as well as harmless. Research on your pest controller and their methods will highlight the methodology they employ.
We have highlighted the importance of managing our controllable environment in order to prevent rodent infestations as much as possible. However, this is not always possible and can lead to the need for rectification measures to be employed.
Given the climate of Melbourne, particularly in relation to pooling of water and variable seasons, this will encourage rodents to seek dwellings where there are sources of food, water and shelter readily available, rather than in wild and natural habitats.