Pest Control Rats


There are two main types of rats that cause concern in Australia. The Brown Rat (or common rat) and the Black Rat, which was introduced to this country are a common pest in both private homes and businesses. Rat control is important to avoid a number of serious diseases, which rats are known to transmit. Rats can be very persistent and if they manage to gain access into your home or business they can spread these diseases, cause considerable damage and contaminate food.

  • Rats can damage your home’s insulation.
  • They can chew through floor joists and walls.
  • They can cause fires by chewing on electrical cables.

By proofing your home, you will help to make it seem less attractive to rodents. Rats will make the most of any opportunity to enter your home in the search for shelter and food. Brown Rat is much more common in our homes. It has a great ability to climb and is extremely agile and hence these rats you’ll find in your ceilings and wall cavities.

Rats are well known to spread disease, damage property and contaminate food and animal feed. If they are able to gain entry into your home or business, they can introduce other unwelcome parasites like fleas, lice and ticks. Acting at the first sign of a suspected problem can help to drastically reduce the length of time needed to effectively control an infestation. Rats are able to breed quickly and a small problem has the potential to develop into a serious issue if left unmanaged.

The STOP System -Tahmoor Pest Control Rat Solutions

The STOP system is an innovative and revolutionary mechanism developed by pest control agencies that ensure a systematic and thorough extermination of pests from the house without damaging the property or harming the members of the house. The process covers each aspect of the pest control operation right from the rat inspection services to the removal. We follow the Australian Standards and best practices.

Tahmoor Pest Control Steam Cleaning Services can help you avoid costly damage to your property and prevent the transfer of disease by providing effective rat control services.

Rat Bait Station

Using rat bait stations is an effective safer way to control a rat infestation on your property.

Tamper resistant, these stations are safe to use even in areas where children or pets may be present. The rat bait or rodenticide contained within the device is only accessible to rats and offers an effective solution to your rat problem. Our selection of baits, suitable for use indoors and outdoors, are installed and distributed through these bait stations as part of a customised rat programme for homes and businesses

  • Protects your business against litigation, lost profits and damaged reputation.
  • Keeps staff, customers and members of the public safe from inadvertent harm.
  • Specifically designed to be tamper resistant – allows use in areas where there might be children or pets present.

Rat bait is essentially a chemical poison formulated to be highly toxic to rats and mice.



  • Steam Vapour Cleaning and Sanitation
  • Removal of Rodent Stations
  • Removal of Deceased Rats and Odours
  • Rodent Repellent
  • Rodent attractant Spray
  • Customised Rodent Programs

Call Tahmoor Pest Control steam cleaning services on 0412286180 – Rodent management

Brown Rat


  • Thick-set body
  • Adults weigh up to 500gm
  • Adult length is up to 220mm body + 170 mm tail
  • Tail shorter than length of head + body
  • Paler colour underneath the tail
  • Small hairy ears & Blunt nose
  • A young rat has distinctly larger feet and head compared to the body than a mouse


  • Prefers cereals, although they are omnivorous. Drinks about 60ml water a day
  • Tends to seek food in the same places, making baiting easier
  • Brown rats show neophobia — a fear or avoidance of new foods or changes to their environment.


  • Brown rats usually live on the ground making burrows, sewers, inside buildings making nests.

Black Rat


  • Slender body
  • Adult weight up to 300 gm
  • Adult length up to 200mm body + 220m tail
  • Tail longer than head +body
  • Large thin ears
  • Pointed nose.


  • Prefers moist fruit
  • Drinks about 30ml water a day
  • Tends not to eat at the same location on consecutive nights.
  • Shows neophobia, a fear or avoidance of new foods or changes to their environment. This means they are slow to take new bait or accept new objects such as traps


  • Black rats are now mainly restricted to buildings around ports and in ships. They are agile and good climbers, nesting high up under roofs

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there rats in my house?

Rats in your property doesn’t necessarily mean you’re place is dirty rats are attracted to anywhere there is food water and shelter. Only small holes are needed for a rat to squeeze through small openings gaining access to premises.

Have rats in the ceiling of my home, how do you get rid of them?

Tahmoor Pest Control Steam Cleaning Services use rodent poison placed inside rat bait stations. Mortality generally occurs a few days after bait is consumed and is also less toxic to non-target animals, in both primary and secondary poisoning situations

Why do you use rat bait stations?

Tamper resistant, these stations are safe to use even in areas where children or pets may be present. The rat bait or rodenticide contained within the device is only accessible to rats

Rat bait stations will also protect children and non-targeted animals from the poison in the rat bait stations

If a rat dies in my ceiling will there be a lingering smell?

Yes there’s a very good chance that will be the case and what’s more, that smell will be extremely pungent.  The type of rat poison we use has been specifically designed to make the rat leave a house and seek water outside where it should eventually die.

How long will treatment take?

Depending on level of infestation generally within 5 to 10 days in most situations.

Do you offer warranty and after care service?

Yes we do, 3 month warranty on all rodent treatments however we may recommend 2nd treatment depending on level of infestation and surrounding environments. We also offer a discounted rate for follow up treatments.

Call Tahmoor Pest Control steam cleaning services on 0412286180 – RODENT MANAGEMENT