How do I know if I have mice or rats?
Have you been hearing scratching, tapping, noises in your ceiling at night? You may have a Rodent problem!
Rodents living in and around your property can be quite common in the Brisbane area and can potentially be a health risk to you and your family.
Rodents (rats and mice) are serious pests to humans – yes, even in Brisbane. This is for a number of reasons. However, the main reasons are that they eat our food, live inside the dwelling and have the ability to transmit disease to humans.
There are three types of rodents commonly found in Brisbane:
- Roof Rat (Rattus rattus)
- Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
- House Mouse (Mus musculus)
The Roof Rat can live and breed in wall and roof voids of a building and are likely to be found in built up areas and cities. They are the smaller of the rat species. Their activity is mainly restricted to the indoors of buildings, however, they may nest outdoors in some situations.
The Norway Rat is the largest commonly found Rat species and tend to live in burrows outdoors. However, they may live inside buildings in the colder months. Norway rats are a major pest to stored food and commonly infest warehouses, supermarkets, rubbish tips, grain storage buildings and domestic premises.
The House Mouse is the smallest rodent and can live indoors or outdoors. Their small size enables easy entry to buildings. They may come and go regularly depending on food source and shelter requirements.
How do I know if I have rodents living in my Brisbane property?
There are warning signs to help determine whether there may be a rodent infestation at your Brisbane property. Here are a few warning signs:
- Droppings noticed inside or in pergolas areas.
- Visual sightings of Rats or Mice.
- Rub marks against lower walls or skirting boards (greasy dark marks).
- Nests made from old cardboard, paper, rags, straw etc.
- Pungent odour when Rodents are prolific in the area.
- Sounds at night (scratching, banging, running) especially in the ceiling area.
Controlling rodents inside your property
There are simple things we can do reduce the likelihood of rodents – i.e. both rat and mice infestations. We can:
- Reduce available food sources where possible.
- Using traps to lure and capture rodents.
- Baiting, using edible baits (usually placed in lockable Bait Stations).
- Blocking off potential entry points to the building.
An inspection of the property is advisable if an infestation is suspected. Appropriate measures can then be taken .