FACTS ON RATS AND MICE

WE SPECIALISE IN ALL ASPECTS OF BIRD AND PEST CONTROL WITHIN DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES.

Rats and mice are a community wide problem; when one house has rats it is likely the whole block has rats! That is why they are difficult to control on an individual homeowner basis. Commensal rodents (rats & house mice) as well as squirrels have been implicated in the spread of the many diseases and can cause substantial economic loses by damaging the fabric of buildings, materials and personal belongings, feeding on and contaminating food stuffs with urine, feaces, and hair.


 

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INDICATION RATS MICE
COMMON NAMES Norway rat, Common rat, Brown rat, Wharf rat, Sewer rat. House mouse.
LATIN NAME Rattus norvegicus Mus domesticus
HEAD AND BODY 200-250mm. 60-90mm.
TAIL 150-200mm. 80-100mm.
FUR Harsh and Shaggy, Brown and black on upper body, grey or whitish underneath. Brownish grey.
EARS Excellent sense of hearing. As rats.
EYES Small.Poor sighted, Colour-blind. As rats.
SNOUT, SMELL AND TASTE Blunt. Excellent sense of smell and taste. Pointed. Excellent sense of smell and taste.
LIFE CYCLE Span: 9-18 months.
Sexual maturity: 2-3 months.
Litter size: 8-10 offspring.
Max. reproduction rate: 7 litters per year.
Span: 9-12 months.
Sexual maturity: 6 weeks.
Litter size: 5-6 offspring.
Max. reproduction rate: 8 litters per year.
DROPPINGS In groups, but sometimes scattered, spindle shaped, about 20mm long. Scattered. Rod shaped, 3-6mm long.
HABITS Burrows.Lives outdoors, indoors and in sewers. Can climb, though not agile. Very good swimmer. Avoids new objects. Lives mainly indoors. Generally nests  close to food source. Climbs. Inquisitive of new objects.
FEEDING HABITS Omnivorous. Consumes up to 30 grams a day, drinks water or eats food with high water content. Nibbles. Prefers cereal. Consumes 3 grams a day. Needs little water, often obtains sufficient water in food.
GNAWING Signs of gnawing are often seen at entrances, on packaging, cases, pipes and wires. As rats but on a smaller scale.
SMEARS Rats like to move with their bodies in contact with a solid object, and therefore leave greasy stains along walls etc. As rats but on a smaller scale
TRACKS Footprints may often be seen in dust or mud. As rats, seldom found in damp environments.
ASSOCIATED RISKS Spreading Salmonella, bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Damage to stock, fabrics, gas/water, electric pipes. (Risk of fire).
Spreading Salmonella, bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Damage to stock, fabrics, electric cables. (Risk of Fire).

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