Rats are widespread throughout the metropolitan area and in our community. It is almost impossible to completely eradicate them. However, this does not mean that we should just accept rats, as there are certain things that householders can do to reduce the problem.
Trapping and poisoning will kill rats on the premises, but this is only a temporary measure as rats will return if favourable conditions for existence persist. For complete extermination and protect against reinfestation, rats must be deprived of food and shelter.
Ensure that all food scraps, poultry and animal food are stored in a container with tight fitting lids. If compost bins are used, keep the base of the bin clear of any vegetation and do not throw meat or dog faeces into the compost bin. Where there are fruit and nut trees, regularly clean up any fallen fruit or nuts. If poultry are kept at your property ensure that their yards are kept clear of all waste products and excess feed.
To help prevent nesting, clear house and land of all rubbish and timber, or stack it at least 300mm above the ground and keep all grass cut short around your property.
For further information please contact Eastern Health Authority on 8132 3600 or eha.sa.gov.au.