Are you kept awake at night by scratching in the walls? Wake up to mouse droppings in your kitchen? Cat not doing its job properly?

Whether it’s mice or rats, a rodent infestation can pose a serious risk to your health, while causing dangerous, expensive, and extensive damage to your property. Beyond disrupting your sleep and annoying your pets, rodents are known for spreading disease, contaminating food, damaging electrical wiring (causing potential fires), ruining walls, and even harming small children and pets.

If you’re faced with a rodent problem, the first call to action is to seek help from professional rodent pest control. Read on below to find out how TMO carries out effective pest control across Perth and Western Australia.

Spotting a rodent problem in residential properties

In Perth, the most common rodent species are the house mouse, the brown rat, and the black rat.

Noticing signs of rodents is usually straightforward. You’ll often hear them before you see them, so listen out for scuttling, scratching, or gnawing noises—especially if they’re coming from your roof spaces.

Mice and rats also leave visible signs of a visit, so look out for brown rub marks on walls, rodent droppings, or gnawing marks on any wood or plastic items. Other common signs include:

  • A pungent smell, often coming from your garage, attic, or other confined spaces. This usually means a rodent has died on the property.
  • Nesting materials, such as shredded fabric, dried plant matter, and paper/cardboard.
  • Holes on walls and floors, with visible chew marks.
  • Rodent droppings around the property.
  • Pitter-patter noises coming from your walls or roof space.
  • Anxious or hyper-alert pets.

Our rodent treatment process

Inspection

Once you’ve reached out to us and submitted an enquiry form, the first step in our rodent control process is to visit your Perth property for a detailed inspection.

This is where we check common and hidden areas for evidence (e.g. droppings, nests, bite marks) and identify the rodent species, level of infestation, any immediate health risk, and the extent to which they are damaging property.

From this inspection, we also make note of potential entry points and note what we believe attracts rats or mice, before giving you a full debrief on the severity of the issue.

Treatment Plan

Based on the results of your initial inspection, our qualified pest control technicians will create a tailored treatment plan for your Perth property. This will include the rat pest removal treatment procedure that we plan to use and the timeline of the service. For extensive rodent issues, we may also include a follow-up treatment in the plan,

Treatment Action

As prescribed in the plan, our rat control and rodent removal technicians will complete the treatment at your property.

To protect the health of your family and your pets, and to prevent further damage to your property, we only use approved and safe rodent control options, such as tamper-proof bait stations, industry-approved rodent traps, and poison.

Ongoing Prevention

A one-time rodent treatment doesn’t always guarantee long-term results, but fortunately, there are a number of effective steps you can take to prevent future infestations on your property. These preventative measures also go a long way to protecting you from other pests, beyond rodents.

  • Clean and sanitize your property, and remove clutter (especially paper and cardboard)
  • Store food products and pet food in airtight containers. Rodents have an incredible sense of smell, so keep food secure.
  • Put any food waste in tightly closed garbage containers, and remember to put them out for collection. We also recommend you don’t leave rubbish out at night.
  • Remove any fallen fruit and thick vegetation from around the property, which reduces food and nesting sources.
  • Inspect your property at regular intervals for rodent related damage. Seal off any potential entry points.

    Identifying Rodents in Your Home

    There are three species of rat and mouse that are by far the most commonly known pests in homes and businesses in Perth due to their ability to adapt to the human environment.

    All rodents have the common feature of a pair of cutting teeth in the upper jaw. Their other characteristics and behaviours are different such as their physical appearance, eating habits, where they live, their footprints and trails, droppings and their breeding behaviour.

    Rats and mice have a similar body shape, legs, tail, nose and ears, however, their body features show that they are different in their size and aspects that you can use to differentiate these pests.

    The three main species known in Perth are:

    • House Mouse
    • Brown Rat
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    House mouse Treatment Perth

    You can spot a house mouse by its short, slender body (approx. 30-100mm) and matching tail length. Weighing up to 25gm, these little critters are usually light grey or brown, which is why they’re often confused with a young brown rat.

    Mice usually nest in burrows when outdoors, but indoors, prefer quiet, undisturbed places, like old furniture, under floorboards, in boxes, and in attics. They will shred materials to use for nesting material. They are quick and can climb to search for places to shelter.

    Brown Rat Treatment Perth

    The brown rat, also known as the sewer rat (or Norway rats), has a thick body, weighing up to 500gm and measuring 220mm in the body plus 170 mm for the tail. When not hiding in your attic or cavity walls, roof rats like to burrow near water sources. They are also commonly found in sewers, where their burrowing can cause considerable damage and makes them susceptible to picking up diseases.

    Black Rat Treatment Perth

    The black rat, (aka the roof rat), is more slender than its brown rat cousin. Adults can weigh up to 300 gm and up to 200mm plus 220mm for the tail in length. Their tail is usually longer than the head and body together. They have large thin ears and a pointed nose.

    Black rats are also called ship rats because they are often found in buildings around ports and in ships, they are fast, and excellent climbers, where they nest high up under roofs.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How effective is your pest control?

    We use a combination of techniques to ensure effective elimination of rodents from your property—and then provide expert sanitation and property maintenance advice to help you prevent future issues.

    The key to effective pest control is understanding what’s causing the issue, and then how big the problem is. Based on this info, we create tailored plans to remove unwanted guests before securing your property. We will also secure any exterior openings at your property to prevent the access of rodents into it in future.

    Should I do pest control myself?

    If you think it’s just a single rat or mouse in the house, you may wish to try a DIY rodent control. If the issue is more serious that than—or you’re not getting the results you wanted—a token mousetrap isn’t going to sort out your rodent problem long term.

    In most cases, the best to eliminate the initial problem and prevent future issues is to seek the help of a professional Perth pest control specialist – like our expert team here at TMO.

    How much does pest control cost?

    If you think it’s just a single rat or mouse in the house, you may wish to try a DIY rodent control. If the issue is more serious that than—or you’re not getting the results you wanted—a token mousetrap isn’t going to sort out your rodent problem long term.

    In most cases, the best to eliminate the initial problem and prevent future issues is to seek the help of a professional Perth pest control specialist – like our expert team here at TMO.

    How quickly can you get rid of rodents?

    Our rodent pest control experts have the knowledge, skills, and experience to quickly get rid of any unwanted rats and mice from your property.

    Once we’ve done the initial inspection and carried out the proposed treatment plan, we can also offer routine ongoing maintenance every 3-6 months to prevent future issues.

    Trust TMO Pest and Weed

    It is essential to control rats and mice as they are major pests
    of homes and businesses handling food and they can spread many diseases.
    So get one of our technicians to help with your rodent invasion.
    Give us a call:

    1300 407 323