Controlling rats and mice

No-one wants pests around. Rodents like rats and mice are a nuisance – and they can even be a source of disease.

There are some simple steps you can take to control these pests, and keep you and your family safe.

It’s best to use a combination of methods to control rodents. Use baits and traps to get rid of them, and remove their food sources to make sure they don’t come back.

Baits and traps

  • Poison is an effective way to control rodents and can be purchased from supermarkets and hardware stores. Always read and follow the instructions.
  • Rat and mouse traps can also be used and are available from supermarkets and hardware stores too.

Removing food sources

  • Store rubbish in secure metal or thick plastic containers with lids.
  • Do not leave plastic rubbish bags outside overnight, if possible.
  • Keep the inside and outside of your home clear of food scraps and rubbish.
  • Do not leave extra pet food out.

Reducing their habitat

  • Remove weeds, overgrown grass, rubbish and other materials that could provide hiding places for rodents.
  • Secure any gaps or cracks in your home to stop rodents getting in.