Black or Roof Rat

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The Black or Roof Rat as the name suggests usually prefers the upper parts of dwellings, nesting in rooftops, walls and furniture. The Black Rat is an excellent climber and jumper. Once established they tend to roam in search of food, then return to their existing nests.

The Black Rat will feed on many things but has a preference for fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables.

In the event of rats and mice being detected in or around your premises the following control measures should be implemented:

Outdoors: Ensure that your property is unattractive to rats or mice, by removing rubbish, clearing weeds and undergrowth from garden areas, ensuring that garbage bins are kept closed and that other food sources – bird seed, pet food, food scraps etc. are not left lying around the yard.

Indoors: Proper and prompt house keeping will assist in making your home unattractive to rats and mice. Ensure that all food scraps, (crumbs etc.) are removed from floors and work areas and where possible, food is kept in vermin proof containers. Dirty dishes and cooking pots left in the sink overnight will provide a food source for rats or mice and other vermin. Rubbish bins should be fitted with lids.

The information above is an extract taken from a fact sheet from the Banyule City Council in Victoria on rodent control. Click on image below to view the entire fact sheet. The information above is an extract taken from a fact sheet from Redland City Council in Queensland on rats and mice. Click on image below to view the entire fact sheet.