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RATS & MICE
Because of the diseases they carry, rats and mice contaminate food which must be then destroyed. This occurs at the site of harvesting, storage and food manufacturer, as well as in homes, restaurants, hotels and motels. The diseases are usually the result of faecal, urine and fur contamination.
Rats and mice also cause physical damage. To keep their front teeth down to a functional length all rodents must gnaw and they do so on many products including timbers, furniture, piping, wiring, conduit, and various articles in and around the structure. Electrical wiring is often damaged in this way, resulting in devastating fires.
The presence of rodents is often detected as a result of their damage, distinctive odour and faecal droppings. Droppings measuring around 18 mm indicate the presence of the Norway rat, 12 mm for the roof rat and 3 - 4 mm for the house mouse.
The following signs should always be investigated to confirm rat or mouse presence prior to trapping or baiting:
Runways, showing up as greasy rub marks on furniture and walls from contact with the rodents’ fur.
Urine stains on surfaces of floors and cupboards.
Sounds, often occurring during the night, which may include squeaking and fighting.
Nests located behind fridges, stoves, cupboards and lounges. Nests are usually made of paper, rags, feathers and general debris plus a horde of food scraps.
Pets, particularly dogs, are sensitive to other animal intruders and often bark when rodents enter houses or are active.
Once rodent activity has been detected it is important to determine which rodent species is present as this will often determine the control method/s to be adopted.
RODENTS - What to do
Call the professionals at
ProPest Pest Management Services
to discuss your options and arrange a convenient time for a technician to address your concern/s.
You can also purchase our pre-baited Professional Rodent Bait Stations.