Rodents (Rats & Mice)
You will generally see a mouse in the house when you are quietly sitting watching TV or reading, when from the corner of your eye a glimpse of movement catches your attention, and by the time you turn to look there is nothing there. The inexperienced will start to think they are going a little loopy after doing this a couple of nights in a row. UNTIL you catch a real look at a low flying fast moving mouse that will become bigger each time you regale the story, much like the fish that got away. This is generally when you realise you actually have a mouse in the house!
WARNING: Rodents can spread 35 different diseases directly and a multitude of diseases indirectly.
Disease is easily and quickly spread through the feces and urine of rodents, not to mention bites . Some of the many diseases rodents carry include:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Potentially Fatal
- Rat Bite Fever Potentially Fatal
- Leptospirosis Potentially Fatal
Do I have a Mouse in the house?
Rodents are generally more active at night and are more common in late summer/early autumn, apparently. Most of our work is at the beginning of winter. We have found rodents come into houses to nest in the roof void, among the insulation to stay warm and to keep the babies warm as winter starts to set in. It is a warm and cosy environment that retains the heat of the day. If you see rats or mice during the day, this usually indicates high numbers or that there is a good food supply nearby.
When inspecting for rat and mouse activity, look for:
- Black, moist, thin droppings.
- Debris left from rodents gnawing items like snail shells, almond shells and chop bones.
- Food left for pets which has gone missing.
- Signs of gnawing damage on fruit, and vegetables or materials such as wood, insulation and electrical cabling.
- ‘Runways’ which have formed when rodents have used the same path such as through vegetation/gardens or along fences.
- Greasy rub marks on walls or skirting boards where rodents travel regularly.
- Burrow holes close to sheds or under debris.
- BBQ plates that just don’t smell right. (keep your hood open when not using)
- If you have a dam, look for small holes (bigger than a 50c piece size) in the side that will allow a rat to harbour.
- Under chook pens or permanent water containers. Ie, old baths set into the ground for animals/chooks/ducks
Servicing the Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands areas, Dunrite offers a variety of treatments for your needs. Our General pest control treatments cover cockroaches, silverfish, webbing spiders, fleas, bed bugs, rats, mice ants, mosquitos, wasps, and pretty much everything else other than possums and snakes.
We offer internal and external treatments, using the safest techniques available. The safety of you and your family (including your pets) is a number one priority for Dunrite Tecninicans. Dunrite will not only treat the pests around and in your house, but offer ways to keep the pests away in future. There are many natural options the technicians can advise you about that may be useful. For more information about our pest control, CLICK HERE.