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Rats and Vermin

Rats and vermin can transmit diseases through contaminating food and water with their hair and waste.

Rats are very adaptable animals and can make their homes in houses, sheds, garages and gardens. They will eat rubbish, pet food, food scraps in uncovered bins and compost heaps, fallen fruit and nuts, bird seeds and dog droppings.

The control and management of rats and vermin is the responsibility of each property owner.

The City of Salisbury does not provide free pest control or a baiting service.

In the event that you cannot adequately control rats and vermin on your property it is recommended that you contact a professional pest contractor.

For information on identifying and controlling the breeding of vermin on your property, please refer to the fact sheet below.

Rats: Prevention and Control