Mice and rat removal

Remove mice and rats from your home with Inner West Pest Control.

Inner West Pest Control offers professional and reliable pest controlservices, treatments and advice and are experts in mice and rat control andmice and rat removalservices that will ensure that your home is free frommice and rats.


Our mice and rat removal processes are child, pet and plant friendly, toensure the best results for you, your family, your pets and your gardenwhen it comes to removing mice and ratsfrom your home.


Mice and rats breed every 6 weeksand are serial disease carriers. If youhave anyindication that there are mice or rats in your home you need toact now or risk damage to your property or health. We strongly recommenddealing withthese pesky vermin early.

  • Norway Rats (Sewer rats, water rats) are brown or grey. They weigh between200-500g. Tails are slightly shorter than the body.

  • Roof Rats are black. They weigh 100-200g. Tails are longer than their bodies.

  • Mice are white or grey. They weigh 40-45g. The length of mice varies from 7-10cm with a similar tail length.

  • Rodents gnaw as their front incisor teeth continually grow so gnawing stopthem growing too long.

  • Gnawing can damage doors, skirtings, walls, packaging. The gnawing ofwires,telephone line has been a major cause of fires.

  • Newborn baby rats drink their mother's milk for around three weeks. Afterthat, they can eat solid food but may continue to nurse for several more weekswhile they learn about other foods.

  • Baby ratsthen transition into an adult diet.

  • Rodents reach sexual maturity in 5-6 weeks.

  • As soon as this happens, rats begin mating to produce the next generation.

  • Rats live for about 2-3 years. Although, most rats only live between 6 monthsto 2 years depending on the area in which predators live.

  • In their lifetime, rats produce 4-8 litters.

  • Rats have 5-9 young and are able to reproduce every 7-8 weeks.

  • Baby rats and mice begin life hairless and blind. Though they look similar inmany ways, size helpsdistinguish between rats and mice.

  • This is true at early stages of development as well. Even a relatively young ratis larger than an adult mouse, which is a key difference between baby rats and mice.

Rats arealsoable to transfer diseases eitherdirectly (direct exposure to the rat’surine, faeces or bites) or indirectly (transferred through a second party fleas, ticks ormites).


Types of Diseases directly transferred by rats:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

  • Leptospirosis

  • Rat-Bite Fever

  • Salmonella

Types of diseases indirectly transferred by rats:

  • Plague

  • Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Hantavirus PulmonarySyndrome:

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease inhumans caused rodents carryinghantaviruses. The virusoccurs throughrodent urine,droppings and saliva. Therefore, if arodent bitesa person, or fresh urine,droppings and/or nesting materials are stirred up, microscopic droplets of the virusenter the air. This is known as airbornetransmission.

Symptoms of HPS include:

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle aches.

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fluid filled lungs

This disease is rare but fatal.



Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of humans and animals. It is caused by Leptospirabacteria that are excreted in urine from infected animals including miceand rats. Itspreads when bacteriaenterthe bodythrough the mouth, nose, eyes or skin cutsand abrasions. Urine in water and soil are the most common cause of infections.

Symptoms include:

  • Headaches

  • Vomiting

  • Red Eyes

  • Severe symptoms like kidney failure, jaundice and respiratory complications.

Leptospirosis is notably fatal in cats, dogs and humans.

Rat-bite fever is an acute, rare disease caused primarily by Streptobacillus moniliformis. Rats can carry these bacteria but generally do not show any signs of illness. It can be transmitted throughout food or water that iscontaminated with rat faeces or urine.


Symptoms of Rat Bite Fever

  • Infection of the brainor soft tissue

  • Infection of the heart valves

  • Inflammation of the parotid glands, the tendons and the heart lining.

Therefore, it is important to change the dogs/catswater regularly to prevent rodent from urinating inside the water bowls and spreading those diseases. As well as thisreducing all water around the yard can reduce the rat population around your house.It is important to note rats gnawing dog/cat food packaging gives them food, rats areknown to store kibble in hiding places like under fridge, dishwasher, behindcupboards.


Clear rubbish and stored items from areas of concern. Remove possible food sourcessuch as food scraps, dirty dishes, food crumbs. Cut back trees and bushes from yourhome to stop easy access.

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About Mice and Rats

Because rats and mice are attracted to food and warm dry shelter, they are naturally found within the urban and suburban areas of Sydney. Homes and restaurants are at particular risk due to a high abundance of food, and the ease of setting up a nest in the nooks-and-cranies of your home.

Mice and rats can carry up to 70 diseases and bacteria, as well as acting as host to fleas and other disease-carrying parasites. On top of this, like any animal, they produce urine and faeces, which can pose particular risk to the health and safety of your food, and, thus, your family. 

Mouse traps and other traditional methods for do-it-yourself removal don't always work as mice and rats can easily burrow and hide within your home, breeding quickly and avoiding traps. This is why we recommend you hire a professional for a truly comprehensive extermination. At Inner West Pest Control, we offer professional and reliable pest control services, treatments and advice across the inner west suburbs of Sydney and surrounding areas. When it comes to home consultations for pest control services we work weekends and after hours to limit the inconvenience to you. Professional and courteous, our goal is to achieve 100% complete customer satisfaction with our pest control services and treatments