RATS!: A rat looks out of its home as Clarence Valley Pest Control?s Simon Gallagher readies a trap.
RATS!: A rat looks out of its home as Clarence Valley Pest Control?s Simon Gallagher readies a trap.

You dirty rat, get out of my house

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

RATS and mice are moving into Clarence Valley homes.

Clarence Valley Pest Control pest technician Simon Gallagher said rodent infestations were worse than in previous years.

"I have done 15 or 20 jobs so far, specifically related to vermin and it is only going to get worse," he said.

Mr Gallagher said in winter rodents came indoors for warmth. He said people were often embarrassed about having a vermin problem in their home.

"A lot of people don't want to talk about it ? they won't even tell their neighbours," Mr Gallagher said.

He said a South Grafton family recently trapped more than seven rats.

"They were coming up through gaps in the floor," Mr Gallagher said. "There was evidence of rodents in the shed, wall cavities and roof."

He said the worse infestations were occurring coastal homes.

"The worst place has been Yamba, it is particularly bad this year ? I have also spoken to other pest controllers," Mr Gallagher said. "Maybe it has been a bit colder on the coast."

He said the best method to get rid of rats in the home was using traps.

"The very best bait is peanut butter, they particularly love crunchy peanut butter," he said. He said to be cautious when placing supermarket bait to ensure they are out of the reach of chil- dren.



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