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Bandicoot rats feed mainly on insects, larvae, grass seeds and fruits in lawn and garden. Construct burrows in garden plants and enter into your building.
It is extremely serious if bandicoot rats are getting into your home even if they are not entering a direct living area. Any bandicoot rat problem inside the home must be treated urgently, not only to prevent the spread of disease but also because they are extremely aggressive if threatened.Bandicoot rats are a pest in gardens and other external areas particularly those growing cereal crops.
Not only do Bandicoot rats need to be removed from gardens – and prevented from returning – to minimise damage and spread of disease but also as the first line of defence in preventing them from entering your home by immediate knockdown.
Special care is needed for properties with integral garages or with dog or cat flaps as bandicoot rats can use these to get into the home.
Bandicoot rats are nocturnal and usually hide from humans, so the typical signs of a bandicoot rat problem in your home, garden or business premise are:
Disturbed compost heaps and rubbish heaps – bandicoots will forage amongst bins and compost for food
Nests – bandicoot rats are known to build nests in warm, hidden places and even under houses, in roof spaces, garages etc. They use shredded material such as newspaper, carbboard boxes and fabrics.
Burrows - In gardens, bandicoot rats will dig burrows especially in compost heaps or under sheds. They will also build nests under garden decking.
Damage to plants and crops - especially cereal and grain crops
Bandicoot rat droppings (sausage shaped 1-2cm in size)
Damaged stock and damage to fabric of premises
Smears - grease marks from the rodents body as they repeatedly brush up against objects.
If you think you have rats, it is important to act quickly to control the level of infestation and reduce the health risks posed by this rodent.
At Rentokil PCI, our qualified local technicians are backed by global knowledge and innovation and are able to provide the most effective Bandicoot rat control services best suited to your problem.
We can also advise you on how to deter rats in the first place to avoid an infestation in your home or business.
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