Mice, Rats, Rodents and Residential Pest Control in Sydney
Mice, Rats and Rodents as pests, can be very annoying creatures. They can easily start affecting and disturbing your rest cycles, awaken you in the middle of the night with loud scampering gnawing and some times even fighting in your cavity roof, walls or subfloor.
They are sociable creatures, so if you see one, there is probably more around and they are capable of inflicting a great deal of damage to your property and your personal health, kids and even your pets.
Mice, Rats and Rodents Damage in Sydney
Rodent problems inside the home should be treated immediately because they can cause significant damage to wiring and been known to chew through floor joists and walls.
Rodent control is something that should be taken very seriously. As seen in these images, on one of our past rodent inspections/treatments, we found all the wiring under the stove damaged. It was fortunate for the client they called us just in time, as a fire could have broken out because of a short circuit.
This is another case where roof rats gnawed on these light fighting and they were electrocuted, clearly rat control was necessary. A very lucky client, as you can see in the image the flames affected a bit of the beam and it could of started a fire as the insulation was next to it.
Rats have very sharp and powerful teeth that can gnaw through materials.
Rats can also damage air conditioning ducting in cavity roofs or subfloors.
Rodents can enter a building through almost any opening or crack (check the following picture below). It is important with rodent control, to inspect for rodent droppings, especially in undisturbed areas such as pantries, under baseboards and along walls. Rats dropping most often cause allergic reactions in humans, but can also cause disease, including the potentially deadly Hantavirus. More frequently, though, rodents serve as vectors, carrying bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and electrical appliances. They can also spread other pests throughout your home, especially fleas and mites.
What can you do to keep mice, rats and rodents away from your home in Sydney?
Rodents are mammals just like us so eliminating food, water and shelter is vital to an effective rodent control program.
To keep mice and other rats or rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime.
Below are a few tips in how to prevent mice, rats and rodents from your home:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points from utilities and pipes.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
- Keep food in sealed containers or in the fridge.
- Empty all rubbish bins at the end of each day, no rubbish or food to be left over night.
- Get lids for all rubbish bins and clean them once a week.
- Seal very carefully all the edges to the skirting boards and gaps between subfloor and flooring.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated, dry and with the door closed.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly. Don’t wait until the bins are overflowing to dispose it.
- Try to keep rubbish bins away from your house.
- Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
- Always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
- Screening windows and doors.
- Remove pet food bowls after each meal.
- This one may sound like common sense but since Rats are nocturnal (ie more active at night) make sure you close the doors at the start of every evening.
Do not leave fruit or food on the kitchen benches overnight to help with rodent control.
How to control mice, rats and rodents in Sydney?
Many times when we carry out our normal pest control Inspections we find rodent activity.A lot of people leave the issue for many years untreated. In some cases the insulation in their cavity roof is too thick so they are unaware of the rodents.They tend to pee and poo and breed in the same spot and the occupant can have really no idea that they have been living with them until the gyprock in the ceiling collapses or the smell is really bad. Only then do they realise they have a rat problem and require rodent control solutions in their homes.
Rats, mice and rodents use the insulation to make little tiny tunnels to pee, poo and breed inside.
Cool nights bring rats, mice and rodents to Sydney
Check out this interview by Carolyn Boyd from the Sydney Morning Herald, speaking with our own Rodrigo Matamala Head Technician at Easy On Earth Pest Control™
How do mice, rats and rodents look like in Sydney?
In Sydney the most common rodents are:
House Mice in Sydney
The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in Sydney and most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. A family of 6 mice in a cluttered garage can grow to 50-60 mice in only 90 days.
Norway Rats in Sydney
These rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails. A Norway Rat can gnaw through a lead pipe.
Roof Rats in Sydney
What are roof rats? Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings, but can be also found in subfloors. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are colour blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Extra pads and longer digits on their paws enable roof rats to be excellent climbers
Rodents in general are very smart creatures.
Since rodents are among the most destructive of all pests to invade your home and after implementing the past tips you still have problems just give us a call to ensure your rat control solutions are meet. At Easy On Earth Pest Control™ we can offer you our expertise in rodent control and knowledge of rodent biology to best protect your health and rid your home of a mice, rat or rodent infestations.
This is what happens to those rats when they know that Easy On Earth Pest Control™ is coming with our effective rodent control solutions!
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