Rat Pest Control 


Rat Control Experts Antipesto specialise in exterminating rats by  a combination of flushing them out and killing them.



Perth Black Rat (Rattus rattus)

The easiest way to recognise rats is by their obvious yellow incisor “buck” teeth. With dark brown colourings and dark eyes, Black Rats have long tails and are smaller bodied compared to Brown Rats.


Perth Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Larger than Black Rats, Perth Brown Rats (Norway Rat) have smaller eyes and ears. Brown rats have bristly hair, stumpier noses and shorter tails in relation to their larger, thicker body.

Dealing with Rat Infestations in Perth

One study found 25% of unexplained fires could be caused by rats. Rodents are estimated to be responsible for 30% of the world’s food destruction. Rats are known carriers of disease, bacteria, viruses, lice and ticks. They pose a risk to native wildlife and we recommend annual rodent treatments.

Perth rat pest control experts.

When it comes to Rat pest control in Perth, the main species of concern are the House Mouse, Brown Rat and Roof Rat. You already can recognise a rat, and the distinct noises in the roof show you where rats love to breed. If you have pets, fruit trees, vegetables or live near water sources you will quite often find rat or rodent infestations affecting your property. It’s not uncommon to see them scuttling along fences, hear them gnawing or smell them.

Rats in Perth can cause problems with food storage, vegetable gardens and sheds and rats can be a fire hazard, as they chew wires sometimes. Brown smear marks on walls, stains on roof plaster and loud noises at night are evidence of rat infestation. Mice infestations are recognised by the sighting of mice, bite marks and their small black poos.


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Perth Rat Pest Information

Here is some info on Perth’s rat species and our Rat Pest Services.

How often & when should I have my rat pest treatment?

Usually domestic home clients use our rat pest services once or twice a year, depending on location and house density. With most rat infestations it’s best to eliminate the infestation first and then treat before the next breeding season. This usually starts in autumn right through to spring.

How do I prepare for my Rat Pest Service?

Please make sure not to disturb rat harbourage areas. We need to know where they are infesting and where the rats are entering your property. Make sure we have access to the roof manhole which is usually in the hallway or bathroom. 

Perth Black Rat (Rattus rattus)

Black Rats in Perth are between 15 to 20 cms long, with a tail longer than their body, and reach up to 350 gms in weight. Females are capable of breeding 10 offspring every 3 weeks!

Black rats live where humans live and were believed to have been brought into Australia by the First Fleet. Known as Roof Rats, they love urban areas, living in sheds, roofs, cavity walls and under the decking.

They are able to eat a wide variety of foods including fruit, vegetables, meat, grains, pasta, pet food and any household food scraps. They are nocturnal and very noisy on roofs at night as they socialise, scratch and gnaw on hard surfaces.

They are known to chew wires and stain roofs with their urine. Physically blocking them from properties is difficult, if Black Rats can fit their skull through a hole they will be able to squeeze through.

Like most rats, Black Rats are neophobic, meaning they do not like new areas and will follow known paths and scent trails.

Perth Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Brown Rats in Perth are between 18 to 25 cms long, with a tail shorter than their body, and reach up to 500 grams in weight. One breeding pair could result in 15,000 bred in a year!

Brown rats are found near humans and will make burrows which are expanded as the population gets bigger. Most likely to be found in walls, sheds, warehouses, bushes, sewers and drains.

Perth Brown rats are great swimmers and are the largest and most aggressive of Australia’s rodent pests. They have poor eyesight but a fantastic sense of smell and taste. Omnivorous, they prefer meat, dairy and grains over fresh fruit and vegetables.

Known as an “urban” rat, they have not yet had major impacts on agriculture, but are responsible for the spread of disease and destruction of food in city areas.

Like Brown Rats, blocking them out is difficult and they are a fire and safety hazard. Their stronger-than-aluminium teeth grow 13 cms a year, meaning they chew hard surfaces to grind them down.

Brown Rats are neophobic, sticking to well-known areas and paths, precisely retracing their steps between their living, feeding and play areas.