- Keep your home in good repair; rats only need a gap of 15mm to gain entry
- Remove potential nesting sites by keeping yards and gardens clean and tidy, and by cutting back overgrown areas and removing any fallen fruit
- Seal gaps around waste water pipes and air-conditioning units
- Install pest exclusion mesh to building vents and weep holes
- Do not leave household waste where rats can get access to it, close rubbish bin lids and composters and do not feed wild birds as you may be feeding rats as well
- Keeping chicken, pigeons and other caged birds in your yard can attracted rats into your property.
- Rats are very adept climbers and can exploit over hanging trees to gain access to the home via the roof, so cutback any overhanging tree limbs.
- Avoid having items such as shade cloth attached to the fence as this will act as a highway for rats traveling along the fence to climb up onto the roof.
- Ensure that all down pipes connect directly into the storm water and not left open at ground level. One easy solution is to install a metal gutter ball to top of the down pipe this will stop rats from climbing onto the roof.
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