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Pest Control - Rodents

Rodents commonly feed on human food, contaminating it with their urine and faeces in the process. Through this contamination, rodents spread diseases such as leptospirosis. The Black Plague, that caused the death of millions in Europe and England throughout the middle ages was in fact caused by rats spreading the disease. The fleas and mites rodents carry on their bodies infect humans by biting them, and rodents themselves have been known to bite humans. Rodents can also destroy buildings and its contents by gnawing on household items and through the insulation of electrical cables (often causing fires).

Rats and mice are predominantly social creatures who live in nests. These nests can typically be found in drains, in garbage dumps, underground, in walls, floors, roofs and furniture, or anywhere where shelter and food is readily available.

 

Rats have poor eyesight, but they compensate for this by having keen senses of smell, touch and hearing. They can also jump and climb extremely well, allowing them to easily reach food sources, typically foraging at night.

 

Types of rats and mice commonly seen as pests are:

 

NORWAY rAT

 

Commonly called the sewer rat or brown rat, Norway rats can become quite large in size. These rats are commonly found in drains, around restaurants, near bins or in warehouses. Norway rats often live outdoors in groups called colonies, making burrows in the ground, typically underneath pavements.

 

ROOF rAT

 

The roof rat is grey in colour, smaller and slimmer than the Norway rat. This rat is an excellent climber and is also extremely agile. Due to this, they often prefer to nest in small family groups above ground in places such as ceilings and attics.

 

HOUSE mICE

 

Being a very small species that are excellent jumpers, climbers and swimmers, house mice can easily enter buildings through small cracks or holes. These mice typically live in small family groups that reside in between walls, inside ceilings, bin areas and furniture.

 

Signs your premises may be infested

 

  • You may notice gnaw marks on various items. The gnaw marks may be older (smooth) or new (rough).
  • You may find droppings laying around, either fresh or dry.
  • Paw prints may be seen in and around the premises (front paw prints have only four toes, whereas hind paw prints have five).
  • You may find damaged goods. Norway rats prefer feeding on fish, meats and cereals, whereas roof rats more commonly feed on vegetables and fruits and also enjoy cereals.

 

CONTROL

 

The best method to control a rodent infestation is to maintain good housekeeping and sanitation practices. Rodents are, in general, very intelligent and will search out foods by any means, unless the food products are kept secured and out of reach, for example in strong containers (preferably metal, since rats can gnaw through plastics). All food waste should be placed in plastic bags and disposed of in bins with secure covers.

 

Rats and mice can be prevented from entering a premises by covering all possible entry points with durable wire mesh.

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