Because of the diseases they carry, rats and mice contaminate food which must be destroyed. This occurs at the site of harvesting, storage and food manufacturer, as well as in homes, restaurant, 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, piping, wiring, conduit and various articles in around the structure. Electrical wiring is often damaged in this way, resulting in devastating fires.
How To Detect Signs of Rodent Infestation
The presence of rodents is often detected as a result of their damage, distinctive odour and faecal droppings. Droppings measuring around 18mm indicate the presence of the Norway rat, 12mm for the roof rat and 3-4mm for the house mouse. The following signs should always be investigated to confirm rat or mice presence prior to trapping or baiting.
- Runways showing up greasy rub marks on furniture and walls from contact with the rodent 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 the house 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 methods to be adopted.
Rodents – What To Do
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