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Effective Rat Control Treatments in Wellington

Contrac2Kill use a wide range of products and methods to get rid of rodents. We provide expert advice on controlling, monitoring and eliminating rats to commercial and domestic clients in Wellington.

Reasons for rat control

Rats are nocturnal creatures, so they are most active during the night. If they are seen during the day, it is generally an indication that the nest has been disturbed, they are seeking food, or there is a large infestation.

Rats are fairly opportunistic feeders. They will feed on anything from carcasses to fallen fruit. Human environments provide them with an abundance of resources. Particular species may have certain tendencies for certain foods. Norway rats often prefer foods high in protein, such as meat scraps or pet food. Roof rats usually prefer fruit and may be attracted to areas with fruit trees. When living near humans, the availability of foods will drive a rodent’s habits. They will eat about 10 percent of their body weight every day and will inhabit your home for food, water and shelter. They will often travel outdoors and indoors searching for nutrition, taking advantage of many food sources such as garbage cans, open containers and pet food bowls. Homeowners should try to minimise the abundance of accessible food sources to control rat and mice infestations.

Rat breeding habits

Rodents don’t have a breeding season, although very hot or cold temperatures will reduce procreation numbers. Adult females come into heat all year round, every 4 to 5 days, unless they are nursing. They have large litters and can become impregnated 48 hours after giving birth. Pregnancy lasts an average of 3 weeks and litter sizes average between 6-12 pups.

Nesting habits

Norway rats will build their nests outside the walls or in various clumps of vegetation. They will also construct their homes beneath sidewalks or patios. As is implied by their name, roof rats prefer arboreal habitats. They live in yucca, palm and cypress trees, as well as in elevated areas of human homes. These pests can be found living in attics, rafters, eaves and on roofs. They may also choose to nest in non-arboreal vegetation, such as shrubs, honeysuckle and tall grasses.

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Do you need effective pest control in Wellington? Contact Contrac2Kill today on 04 977 0621 to book a comprehensive service with our professional team.

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