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Rats & Mice Pest control

Rodent Control

pest solutions in Hobart & Southern Tasmania.

In addition to being disease-spreading pests, rats and mice may be exceedingly destructive. You don’t want rats running about in your house or place of business. Rats and mice have caused significant food losses throughout history, rats continue to devour or contaminate enormous amounts of food, whether it is crops in the fields or food in supermarkets.

Understanding the biology and behaviour of mice and rats will help you determine the most efficient strategy to get rid of them without harming the environment.

What Rats Or Mice Do I Have?

There are 3 main Rodent species that we see in Tasmanian homes and businesses.

Roof Rat (Black Rat)

The roof rats are agile climbers and will often nest in buildings and roof voids. You may hear them scurrying during the night above you. They have large ears and eyes; their body type is light slender, and their tail is longer than the body and head. They weigh up to 200g (adult), normally lives 9-18 months and may have 4-5 litters per year with 6-8 young. They are able to breed at 3-4 months old.
The roof rat is the smallest and more delicately built of the nuisance rodents. The roof rat will build its nest in wall and roof spaces, although it may roam and eat anywhere in the building. The roof rat often thrives in urban environments because its exceptional climbing skills allow them to access a variety of nesting places, frequently in the higher portions of buildings.

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Common Rat (Norway Rat)

Norway rats are usually active at night and are good swimmers and diggers. They have a blunt nose, small ears and eyes, the body is heavy set, and their tail is shorter than body and head. They weigh up to 450gm (adults), normally live 9-18 months and may have 5-6 litters per year with 8-10 young. They are able to breed at 3-4 months old.

The Norway rat is a pest that is exceedingly common in Australia and may be the most harmful to the country’s economy. It infests grain storage facilities, household residences, sewers, waste transfer stations, warehouses, industries, mills, farms, stores, supermarkets, and many other places that provide refuge and food.

Outside of buildings, these rats mainly reside in tunnels that dig under stream banks, beneath buildings, and under garbage heaps, among other places. The majority of nests in structures are found in wall voids, roof voids, and other areas that provide secluded, undisturbed areas for refuge and access to food and water.

House Mouse

The house mouse is a small species of mice, who can live indoors and outdoors, generally within close proximity to humans. They weigh around 20g and tend to live for about 1 year and may have 6-10 litters per year with each having 5-6 young. They are able to breed from about six weeks.

House mice that live indoors are often a deep grey shade with a lighter grey belly, but those that live mostly outdoors are sandy or yellow brown in colour. Due to their small size, they can enter buildings more easily than rats and have access to a wider variety of nesting locations. Mice are far more inquisitive and expressive than rats; they are excellent climbers, jumpers, and swimmers, but they do not appear to swim very often.

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Did you know you can tell what type of rodent you have by their droppings!

The presence of droppings aids in the identification of the rodent species. When glossy, black, and pliable, it indicates recent activity. Within 2-3 days, they grow dull, hard, and dry out; after a while, they may be attacked by insects.

Roof Rat (Black Rat) – Droppings have pointy ends and measure 12 to 13 mm. They may be hard and dry if they are older or soft and wet if they are new.

Norway Rat(common rat) – These droppings are capsule-shaped with blunt edges and measure around 18mm in length.

House Mouse – They are typically even tiny than a grain of rice in size. Since mice are smaller than rats, it seems natural that their droppings are also smaller. Measuring 3-4mm pointed.

What Attracts Rats & Mice To My Property?

Rodents are drawn to houses and other structures for a variety of reasons, but their fundamental requirements for food, water, shelter, and safety are what attracts them most. You may take action to avoid rodent infestations by being aware of these issues.

  • Rodents can be attracted to food left in open containers or unsealed bags as they have acute senses of smell and can discover food quickly.
  • Rodents may be drawn to pet food that has been inadequately kept or that has been left out.
  • Rodents can find enough to eat in open or improperly sealed compost bins and garbage bags.
  • Water is essential for survival for rodents, thus leaks from pipes, faucets, or dripping condensation can attract them.
  • Rodents can find the perfect hiding places and nesting sites in cluttered and unoccupied locations like storage rooms, attics, and basements.
  • Rodents seek warmth during the colder months, which makes houses with easy access points even more desirable.
  • Tall grass, bushes, overgrown vegetation, piles of wood, leaves, or rubbish can offer nesting locations and cover.
  • In quest of food and shelter, rats may easily move into your house if the homes next door have rodent issues.
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"Jason, Tracey and the team are fantastic from the moment you first book in right through while the job is getting done. On time and reliable. Will always use them in future."

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What Attracts Rats & Mice To My Business?

Rodents are attracted to business premises for many of the same reasons they are drawn to homes, primarily related to their basic needs for food, water, shelter, and safety. Understanding these factors can help businesses take proactive measures to prevent rodent infestations.

  • Rodents may be drawn to food that is improperly kept or left out in kitchens, break rooms, cafeterias, or storage spaces.
  • Overflowing garbage and improperly handled food waste can provide as a ready supply of food.
  • If not properly managed, businesses that prepare or store food, including restaurants, grocers, and warehouses, are particularly alluring to rats.
  • Standing water may be produced by leaking pipes and drainage problems, which is an important resource for rats.
  • Rodents exploit storage rooms with debris and disused goods as hiding places and breeding locations.
  • Rodents seek warmth in cold weather, making buildings with heating systems desirable.
  • Rodents can find food and refuge in poorly kept external garbage bins and dumpsters.


If neighbouring businesses have rodent problems, rodents may migrate from one establishment to another, contact our friendly team for a great deal for you and your neighbouring business!

How Does Scorpion Treat For Rodents?

Methods of treatment may include:

  • Baited feed stations
  • Traps
  • Nonchemical means

Frequently Asked Questions

Rats are most active between dusk and dawn, you may here them scurrying in the night. There is other signs to look for:

  • Rat Droppings – Easily distinguishable, their dark brown and are about 9-14mm long, usually found in concentrated areas.
  • Scratching/Scurrying noises – The Black roof rat is an agile climber and can often be heard at night time in your walls and ceiling cavity. You may also hear them scurrying on sheds and floorboards.
  • Damage – Rats gnaw on cables, wood plastic and food items.
  • Burrows – Brown rats are known to dig burrows. Look for signs of burrows under sheds, decking and alongside brickwork.

The Scorpion technicians employ a variety of treatment methods depending on the location and severity of the infestation.

  • Traps – Scorpions commercial quality traps are a quick and effective in controlling unwanted rats of all sizes in and around you’re home or commercial property.
  • Rodent Bait Stations – Stations are a lockable box, with bait inside, designed to be placed outside, where it is not accessible by pets, children, people, and other animals.

No, we do not put bait in any roof cavity as you run a higher chance of the rat or mouse eating the bait and dying in the roof space which will leave an unbearable odour.

Yes! Scorpion technicians will use a lockable bait station. The station is then placed in high activity areas, where the bait is only accessible by key.

A decrease in rodent sightings, droppings, and gnaw marks is a positive indication. It’s essential to continue monitoring and maintaining control efforts to prevent re-infestation.

Rodents can cause devastating damage to a wide variety of settings, such as domestic households, commercial business, livestock and farms. Rodents gnaw through many materials, spread disease, damage wiring and ruining food by contamination.

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