Rats and mice | Brisbane City Council

Rats and mice

Brisbane City Council offers advice on how to control rat or mouse problems on private property. Control methods including poison baits and traps can be used to stop the mouse infestation. Follow Council’s tips on rodent proofing your house and making sure they aren’t attracted to your property by a food supply. You can also report a rodent problem on a neighbouring property.  

Rodents in your home or garden

The two types of pest rats most commonly found in Brisbane are the large brown sewer rat (Rattus norvegicus), and the smaller grey or black climbing rat (Rattus rattus). The sewer rat nests and burrows under buildings and is usually found in commercial farms rather than suburban areas. Climbing rats are likely to be found nesting in homes.

Find out how you can make sure rats and mice are not attracted into your home or garden by downloading our guide to controlling rats:

Report a rat or mouse problem

Before reporting a rodent sighting to Brisbane City Council, check the 'Controlling rats' guide to see if the animal you have seen is a native mammal or a rat.

If you believe a property is harbouring rats or mice, phone Council on 07 3403 8888. An officer may investigate the site and can provide further advice.

Poison baits and traps

The two main ways of getting rid of rats or mice are poison baits and traps, which can be purchased from a hardware store. Place the baits or traps in areas where rodents have been seen.

To bait a trap, use a piece of apple, a pumpkin seed or a piece of fat from some meat. Tie the bait on with a piece of wire to make it hard for the rodent to remove without setting off the trap.

Make sure you follow the safety instructions on the packet. Ensure baits and traps are kept out of reach of children or pets.

You can also purchase lockable stations and humane traps from some retail outlets. These traps are safer for children and pets than poison baits. 

23 June 2017