Rats and mice

Rats and mice are a pain, but they can also carry disease. There are some simple steps you can take to control these pests, and keep you and your whānau safe. It is best to use a combination of methods to control rodents.

Baits and traps

  • Poison is an effective way to control rodents. You can buy it from supermarkets and hardware stores. Always read and follow the instructions.
  • Rat and mouse traps can also be used. You can buy them from supermarkets and hardware stores.

Remove food sources

  • Store rubbish in secure metal or thick plastic containers with lids.
  • Do not leave plastic rubbish bags outside overnight, if possible.
  • Keep the inside and outside of your home clear of food scraps and rubbish.
  • Do not leave extra pet food out.

Reduce places they can live

  • Remove weeds, overgrown grass, rubbish and other materials that could provide hiding places for rodents.
  • Secure any gaps or cracks in your home to stop rodents getting in.
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