Rodent Management

 

Rats & Mice can be very stubborn once they manage to get into your property. It is crucial to get rid of them before they start spreading diseases, soil or eat food, and damage the property.

Rats can affect people and their properties in a number of ways, such as:

  • Gnawing on and chewing through electrical cables.

  • Contaminate foods with bacteria through their urine or droppings.

  • Ruining the insulation in the ceiling.

  • Spread diseases to both people and their pets.

  • Ruin doors, books, food containers, furniture and skirting boards.

 

So what are the signs of rodent activity?

  • Sounds: Rodents will often make noise at night. Sometimes you will hear the squeaking of mice or gnawing of rats from the ceiling or walls.

  • Droppings: Rodent leave their droppings where ever they are tracking, this can be anywhere from on benches, on the floor or in cupboards. Mouse droppings are about 3 to 6 mm in length, while rat droppings can measure up to 12 mm in length.

  • Rub marks: Rodents have a lot of oils and grease in their fur, and when they rub consistently against walls or other surfaces it leaves a dark greasy residue.

  • Nests: Rodents build their nests out of materials such as paper, cardboard and rags.

 

What are some treatments for rodents?

 

If you have a rodent issue, there are a number of ways to treat them.

  • Baiting: Bating is a good long-term solution as any bait that is not eaten by the rodents will remain and be consumed by any rodents that come in in the future.

  • Trapping: Trapping rodents is effective for small infestations of rodents, it has a more immediate effect then baiting.

 

Of course, the best solution is to be preemptive, setting up plastic rodent bait stations around a property or building is the most effective way of preventing rodent infestations in the first place.

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