Rat and Mice Treatments
Are you looking for rodent control for rats and mice problems? Pro Pest Control Gold Coast has over 20 years experience and services both residential and commercial properties. Talk to us about a proven rodent treatments that will have you free from rat and mice infestations. Our rodent control service is gauranteed to kill all rat and mice species.
Rodents might seem cute or harmless, but they can cause a lot of damage to yourself, your property, and your health if left unchecked. If you don’t want the rats moving your cheese and causing all sorts of trouble, then here’s how best to get rid of them.
What Are Rodents?
Rodents are gnawing mammals, and their order includes rats, mice, squirrels, and hamsters. They all have constantly growing incisor teeth and are also one of the largest orders of mammals as well. The teeth of rodents never stop growing and will require them to continue chewing and biting in order to wear them down.
They are mostly herbivores and omnivores, so they will munch on just about anything, even cheese! They can also live in several different environments, and will readily invade a house for shelter.
Common Types Of Rodents
The Brown Rat (The Rattus Norvegicus)
One of the two main types of rats you can find in Australia, they will burrow and climb to get around. They are up to 40 cm in length, are around 350 to 500g in weight, and ironically enough the preferred food is cereal. Brown rats are active at night or at dusk, and are also very good swimmers. They will come into your house in search of food and if they happen to find a source of water they can put down roots.
The Black Rat (The Rattus Rattus)
The Black Rat is around 16-24cm in length, and is a very good climber. They will eat moist fruits and will need about 15 grams of food a day. They are nocturnal and will often live in large groups which will build large nests for their male and female members.
Best Rodent Control Tips
The most common pest rodents are non-native species. These include the Norway rat (brown rat), the Roof rat (black rat) and the house mouse. Rats are larger than mice. All have life spans of about 12 months. Rats average between four to six litters per year and the mouse averages about six to ten litters per year. As you can see, those numbers can add up to an infestation quickly if not brought under control. If you see evidence of rodent “droppings” or small chew marks on fruit, immediately do the following:
- Removing all sources of food and water is a good trick to keep the rats away.
- Cleaning kitchen areas, sealing pantries, having a rat safe bird feeder, and fixing up any potential water sources is a great way to keep the rats out.
- Discard any food that is suspected to have been in contact with the rodent
- If you want to kill, rather than repel, you can use rat poison or traps to cull the rat population and keep them away from your home. Make sure the chemicals are (rodenticides) in safe areas near nests but out of reach of children and pets
- Keep a record of trap and bait placement
- Remove access to all food and water sources
- Seal any openings at the foundation of buildings with strong barriers (cement, steel wool)
- Repair all water leaks and remove excess yard plantings
- Check baits and traps regularly for dead rodents
- When removing dead rodents, wear gloves and dispose of safely in sealed rubbish bins
- Spray area around dead rodents with insecticides to kill fleas that are carried by rodents
- Remove any dark areas near your house that could be used as shelter.
- Fill any holes in your wall, clear out any dark and unused spaces, and make sure there aren’t any places where rats can hide away.
Natural Rodent Control
Native rodents are controlled by food chain activity when they are eaten by predators. Invading species must be controlled through trapping or using rodent bait. Snakes, cats and other meat-eating animals usually will not eat invasive species. Pro Pest Control Gold Coast has a range of proven eco-friendly rodent control techiques.
What is the difference between mice and rats?
Rats are larger than mice, sometimes twice the size. Rats reach up to 25 cm in length and weigh up to 400 grams. Mice are about half the size, up to 10 cm long and weigh about 30 grams. Young rats can be confused for mice. Mice and rodents have continuously growing teeth that require gnawing to shorten.
Why are rats and mice considered to be pests?
Non-native rodents are a problem because they carry diseases such as typhus and leptospirosis. To get in and out of dwellings they chew through wood, sheetrock and can damage electrical and plumbing fixtures. Lastly, they can ruin food gardens.
Native rodents can be damaging, as well, but generally do not carry threat of disease. If your property has a rodent problem you should look at removing them with rodent control. If you can do it safely, identifying the type of rodent has advantages. Native rodents are generally controlled by natural predators, non-native rodents need human intervention for control and eradication.
Native rodents like the hopping mouse are not considered a threat and are a protected species. As part of the food chain, they are prey for their natural predators. Invasive species such as the black and brown rats carry diseases like typhus and can cause crop and structural damage. Since invasive rodents have no natural predator, humans must find ways to control and/or eradicate such creatures.
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