CONTROL OF RATS & MICE
In Australia there are 62 native rodent species and three introduced species. Only 7 of these cause major problems.
There are regular outbreaks of house mice in the grain growing areas of Australia and, when they occur, they cause major economic damage.
Rats and mice are found in and around homes, supermarkets, restaurants, livestock pens and farms.
They are voracious eaters will eat anything humans or animals eat. They contaminate food and preparation surfaces with their urine, faeces and hair.
They are mainly active at night.
Because they can crawl through very small gaps they move around freely. You may hear them in your wall cavity at night.
Around homes and offices, they cause extensive physical damage to doors, skirting boards, books, furniture and upholstery.
Rats and mice have a single pair of razor-sharp incisor teeth which allows them to gnaw though tough husks, pods and shells – and electrical cable!.
How Do You Know You have a Problem?
If you see droppings on the kitchen bench, in kitchen drawers or cupboards, you have signs of a problem.
Steps You Can Take
- Keep food in containers with tight-fitting lids
- Clean up after food preparation. Food scaps left around is an open invitation.
- Make sure rubbish bins are not open to scavenging. Tight lids are needed.
- Don’t let pet food of any type lie around the premises.
- Don’t put organic food into a open compost.
- Keep the house and garden clear or rubbish.
How to Get Rid of Rodents?
As a first step, we need to restrict their hiding places and sources of food and water. This will restrict the infestation from escalating quickly.
Then the use of traps and baits will have some chance of success. It is important that the size of any trap is appropriate for the rodent. A rat trap is too big to catch mice. Their smaller weight won’t trigger the trap.
Q. Do rodents carry different diseases, which can be transmitted to animals and humans?
Ans. Yes. Over 30 diseases affecting humans and pets can be spread by rodent activity. Contamination of food or utensils with urine or faeces causing food poisoning is the most common health problem caused by rats and mice.
Q. How do mice get into the roof?
Ans. Mice can climb almost any rough surface, including the brick wall of a house. Have a look on YouTube to see a mouse climbing a brick wall with ease!
Q. What is the difference between a rat and a mouse?
Ans. Mice have smaller heads and larger ears and eyes relative to the head compared with rats. A black rat weighs between 150 and 200 grams and a mouse is smaller – between 12 and 45 grams. The animals are often identified by the size of faeces. Rats tend to have a slightly longer life span compared with mice. Both are rodents but they have some genetic differences.
How can Mr Pest Controller help?
If you are continuing to experience problems with rats or mice, please give us a call. At Mr Pest Controller, all our staff are highly trained, pest control professionals licensed by the Australian Department of Health and Human Services.
All treatments carried out by Mr Pest Controller meet the strict health regulations of the Australian Government, as per Section101 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (PHW Act) and the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHW Regulations).
Our treatments are pet and child friendly.
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