Rats and mice

Sometimes rats and mice can cause concern for residents. 

There are some precautions that can be taken to prevent or deter rodents from your property.

Rats and mice have the potential to transmit diseases, their excreta can contaminate food and utensils. They can damage buildings by gnawing conduits and wiring.

Rodents are constantly looking for shelter and food sources and as such are not limited to any one area within the Geelong municipality or one type of property.

Signs of mice or rats on your property:

  • droppings
  • signs of fruit and vegetables having been eaten
  • greasy rub marks along paths they travel
  • burrow holes around buildings or in the side of embankments
  • signs of gnawing damage
  • pets – dogs, cats, birds being more excitable than usual
  • squeaking, gnawing and movement noises in walls, cupboards, ceilings, under floors and behind
  • piles of empty snail shells with holes chewed in.

Prevention and control

Rats can be discouraged and controlled by denying them food and shelter.  This information is supplied for residents in order to assist them and council in the reduction of rodent activity, but does not guarantee the total elimination of rodents in the Geelong area.

A few simple precautions will prevent or help get rid of them:

  • regularly lay baits in your roof and check them for activity
  • use traps instead of baits inside the house
  • avoid leaving exposed food on benches, shelves or cupboards
  • ensure gaps and holes under eaves, roof tiles and through external walls are sealed
  • ensure vegetation does not directly touch your house as rodents use trees and vines as ladders to your roof
  • avoid laying baits in open areas or under the house where pets or native animals roam – if necessary use lockable bait stations
  • encourage neighbours to remove excess rubbish from their property
  • don’t compost meat scraps
  • rubbish bins and compost containers should be well-maintained and free from holes
  • keep pet food dishes clean and store bulk pet food supplies in a manner that denies access to rats
  • block holes and other potential access points around all buildings
  • remove fruit and nuts from trees or vines at the end of the season
  • regularly remove garden waste or other disused materials
  • store firewood away from the sides of sheds and fences and keep it well clear of the ground.

If you have been baiting at your property and a problem continues for more than a couple of weeks and you believe that the problem exists on an adjoining property, you may want to speak to your neighbour about this ongoing neighbourhood problem.  

You may want to contact a pest control professional if you have an ongoing issue with rodents on your property.

We can help...

We can provide advice on how to reduce or treat a rodent problem on your property.

If the problem is ongoing and you can not reach an agreement with your neighbour, we can become involved in assisting you.

For liability reasons we cannot provide bait to residents, and can not engage the services of a pest control contractor on private land.

If you wish to make a complaint regarding rodent activity please contact us on 03 5272 5272 or via our online customer enquiry form.

Page last updated: Thursday, 19 March 2020