Rodent Management? Don’t Forget Your Tools…

Gavin Wilson, Technical and Marketing Manager ANZ for Liphatech, outlines the tools available at the pest manager’s disposable for dealing with rodents. 

Integrated Rodent Management (IRM) is a comprehensive approach that combines various strategies and tools to effectively manage and prevent rodent infestations. To execute IRM successfully, pest management professionals rely on a diverse set of tools designed to address the unique challenges posed by rodents. These tools include inspection equipment, exclusion materials, technology, hardware and personal protective gear. When used together, these tools achieve sustainable and efficient rodent management.


Inspection tools

A thorough inspection is the first critical step in any rodent management program so it’s important to record your findings – a notepad and pen (old school) or smartphone/iPad are essential. If installation of hardware forms part of the rodent management plan, a rodent station/trap map should also be drawn, either by hand or on your mobile device using suitable software. A bright, powerful torch or head lamp allows for a thorough inspection in all locations and a multitool should always be on hand. Sample containers should be used to store anything collected during the inspection e.g. rodent faeces.


Man inspecting commercial property using a torch
During inspections, a bright, handheld torchlight is more effective than the light from a smartphone


Knee pads make for a safer and more comfortable time when kneeling to inspect low areas and a ladder should always be available to inspect high places of concern. Gloves are of course essential, as is a mask and overalls to protect against potential health hazards in contaminated areas.

A smartphone is another important tool used during the inspection; areas of particular concern should be photographed, with pre-approval from the owner or senior management required on commercial premises to ensure photos do not breach security and privacy policies.


Exclusion methods

After the initial inspection is completed, it is time to consider exclusion, a crucial element of IRM. This involves sealing off entry points to prevent rodents from accessing structures. Door brushes, steel wool, mesh screens and sealants are essential materials for closing gaps and holes in buildings. By implementing effective exclusion measures, pest management professionals can reduce the likelihood of recurring infestations and minimise the need for ongoing rodenticide use.


Exclusion methods, such as installing door brushes, are a vital component of any rodent management program


The importance of hygiene

Sanitation is a preventive aspect of IRM that focuses on eliminating food and water sources that attract rodents. Cleaning tools such as brooms, mops, and disinfectants play a key role in reducing the attractiveness of the environment to rodents. Regular sanitation efforts, coupled with proper waste management practices, contribute to breaking the cycle of infestations and create an inhospitable environment for rodents.


Modern technology

Technology is also a valuable tool at the professional pest manager’s disposal. Motion sensor cameras aid in assessing the extent of rodent activity and help identify high risk areas. Alerts are triggered when rodents are detected, indicating potential entry points and infestation sites. Once rodent behaviour is tracked, the installation of various types of hardware can be considered.


Implementing hardware – stations, baits and traps

Rodent stations are fundamental tools in IRM, serving as a secure and targeted means of deploying bait and traps. These stations provide a protected environment for rodents to access bait, ensuring the safety of non-target species. Well-designed stations will be durable, tamperresistant and have high UV stabilisation. The Aegis range of bait stations from Liphatech have a quick and easy key entry system for fast servicing. They should be strategically placed to encourage rodent ingress while preventing interference from other non-target species.

Baits and traps are the primary methods for directly targeting and eliminating rodents. Many different rodenticides and traps are available to cater to specific rodent species and infestation levels. Pest management professionals must carefully choose rodent baits, giving consideration to the active ingredient and level of palatability. Bait formulation is another factor, with soft baits providing an alternative to traditional block baits. Liphatech provides a range of baits for all situations under the Generation, First Strike, Maki and Resolv brand names. Traps, ranging from snap traps to electronic devices, provide alternative solutions, allowing for the physical removal of rodents.


Man leaning down to inspect a rodent trap
After monitoring and mapping rodent activity, hardware such as stations and traps can be installed


Knowledge is your greatest weapon!

Lastly, knowledge is a powerful tool in IRM. Educational resources, such as training materials and guides equip pest management professionals with the information needed to make informed decisions and implement effective control strategies. Staying up to date on the latest advancements in rodent control ensures a proactive and adaptive approach to managing all types of infestations.


Two rats on a wooden surface
Eradicating rodents from a building means using the right pest management tool at the right time


Integrated Rodent Management demands a multifaceted approach, and the tools employed by pest management professionals play a pivotal role in its success. Each tool – from the torch used in the initial inspection to the hardware installed as part of the control program – serves a unique purpose in achieving sustainable and efficient rodent management. By utilising these tools in a coordinated manner, pest management professionals can create customised, environmentally responsible strategies tailored to the specific needs of each infestation.


Gavin Wilson, Technical and Marketing Manager ANZ, Liphatech

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