Winter is Coming, Rodents invade Campbelltown

There’s no escaping that we are living in an environment that is
becoming increasingly harsh within the Macarthur area. From the searing heat waves, to the sustained
periods of droughts followed by severe flooding, it’s these extreme and quick
shifts in our climate that are having a remarkable impact on the evolution of
our indigenous and successful non-indigenous fauna. These evolutions are also making
it easier for these pests to modify the main key to their survival: being able
to adapt rapidly to the new fluctuations in the environment they live in.
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There is a saying that goes along the lines of, “Make hay while the sun shines.” This certainly rings true for our
wildlife, and none more so that intrusive species like the Norway and roof rats. When conditions
are right, they will increase their breeding cycle to make use of the new
abundance of food. This also happens to be what is occurring now, and due to
this factor we have seen an increase in the amount of rat activity in the Campbelltown area.
Rats, such as the Norway and the Roof, are very effective at exploiting
small gaps into a property, and once they have established themselves they can
cause a lot of damage in a rather short amount of time. Rats also pose a real
health risk, and are even known to transmit diseases to humans such as salmonellosis and Weil’s
We are often asked how to prevent rats from entering the home in the
first place, and provided below are some helpfulhints to combat this issue.
  • Keep
    your home in good repair. Rats only need a gap a thickness of 15mm to gain
    entry into your home.
  • Remove
    potential nesting sites by keeping yards and gardens clean and tidy. Be
    sure to also cut back overgrown areas and remove any fallen fruit in your
  • Seal
    gaps around waste water pipes and air-conditioning units.
  • Install
    pest exclusion mesh over building vents and weep holes.
  • Do
    not leave household waste where rats can gain access to it. Close the lids
    to the rubbish bin and composters, and do not feed wild birds as you may
    be feeding the rats as well.
  • Keeping
    chickens, pigeons, and other caged birds in your yard may attracted rats
    into your property.
  • Rats
    are very adept climbers and can exploit hanging tree limbs to gain access
    to your home via the roof. Be sure to trim any overhanging or touching
    tree limbs.
  • Avoid
    having items such as shade cloth attached to a fence. This will act as a
    highway for rats when traveling along the fence to climb up onto your roof.
  • Ensure
    that all down spouts connect directly into the storm drain and are not
    left open at ground level. An easy solution to this is to install a metal
    gutter ball to top of the down spout. This will act in helping to stop
    rats from climbing onto the roof through the pipe.

It comes back to the old saying of, “An ounce of
prevention is better than a pound of cure!” But if you’ve tried all of these
methods and are still having ongoing problems, you need to call on the professionals to help you

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