Rats are invading Auckland - Is your home safe?

March 25, 2024

What's Going On?

As the urban landscape of Auckland continues to evolve, so do the challenges that come with it. One such challenge that has been making headlines lately is the invasion of rats into our homes and businesses. Alarming videos have come out recently of concerning rodent infestations in Dunedin supermarkets, but now a West Auckland pak'n'save has proved its a country-wide issue - it's clear that rats are proliferating and making themselves known in our cities.

In this blog, we'll delve into the rat invasion plaguing Auckland, urge homeowners to check their roofspaces, and shed light on the concerning rodent issues affecting our local supermarkets.

Rodents photographed at a Dunedin Countdown.

These reports of rodent infestations have raised serious concerns about food safety and hygiene standards. While supermarket management teams have pointed out their concern and claimed to have taken action to address these issues, it's a reminder of the pervasive nature of the rat invasion in our city. As consumers, it's a crucial reminder of this ever-increasing issue of rodents infestation that we ought to be aware of for our own health and safety.

An Indiscriminate Pest

And it's not just the supermarkets where you will find these pervasive pests. It's no secret that rats are prolific breeders and adept at finding their way into our living spaces. With the ever-expanding urban sprawl of Auckland, these rodents have found ample opportunities to thrive in our neighborhoods. Many homeowners right now have reported hearing strange noises emanating from their ceilings, often confused at what this might be. But, upon inspection, there are often telltale signs of rat infestation from droppings or chewed wires. These unwelcome guests not only pose a threat to property but also raise concerns about the spread of diseases, and Auckland homeowners and businesses are unaware of this prolific issue.

Have You Checked Your Roofspace Lately?

Given the propensity of rats to seek shelter in roofspaces, it's essential for homeowners to remain vigilant. Have you taken the time to inspect your ceiling cavity recently? If not, now is the perfect time to do so. Look for any signs of rodent activity, such as droppings, gnaw marks, or nesting materials. Seal any entry points that rats may use to gain access to your home, such as gaps in the roof or vents. Critical is avoiding trees from leaning up against the sides of your home. By taking proactive measures, you can help prevent rats from infiltrating your living space and causing further damage.

Rat droppings in a roofspace.

The rat invasion in Auckland is a growing concern that requires the collective effort of homeowners, businesses, and local authorities to address effectively. By staying informed, taking proactive measures to safeguard our homes, and advocating for improved hygiene standards in our communities, we can work together to mitigate the impact of rats on our city. Let's keep Auckland safe and rat-free for generations to come.

Edited by,

Mitch Tunstall

Auckland Pest Management