All About Rodents
Although rodents are not the most pleasant subject, if you know a little about your enemy, it may help you defeat them when the time comes! We’ve pulled together some interesting facts that are not commonly known.
Did you know
There are three different species of rodents in Australia, all of whom were introduced. There is the Norway Rat, Roof/ Black Rat and House/ Field Mouse. Rats have a sense of smell nearly 4000 times as sensitive as a dog, can climb very well, and learn quickly.
Rodents are best known for contaminating food, spreading disease and the rate at which they reproduce. Females can reach sexual maturity at approximately 6 weeks and can have anywhere up to 10 litters a year.
They are highly adaptive but also teritorial so although they will move, they won’t go far! If you’re hearing rodents, the disturbance is usually caused from dominant males trying to drive younger males out of his territory.
Gross fact; rodents are actually incontinent meaning they leave urine everywhere they go. Also, their teeth continually grow so they have to chew to keep their teeth at a reasonable length, unfortunately electrical wiring is common for them to gnaw on, resulting in house fires!
Lastly, traps will only catch young rodents however older and wiser rodents will not fall for them! If you’re after some tips on how you can help to protect your home from rodents, check out our BLOG!
What can experts do?
If you have a rodent problem, we would first need to inspect your premises to identify the species, ingress points, harbourages and travel lines. Typically we use bait stations that are tamper resistant if there are pets or small children that are possible risks.
We use rodenticides however different rodents need to be baited differently. There are tracking powders, liquid rodenticide and solids and we use our expertise to combine baits as needed.
To overcome rodent problems in a premise can take up to several weeks in some cases. This gives time for them to find baits and for the baits to take effect. However keep in mind, the neighborhood rodent population will definitely impact on the lasting effects of a treatment.
Baits are designed to minimise death in the roof of buildings, however it can and will happen on occasion. Baits can’t stop the rodents from entering but will kill them once they are in, therefore we always bait for more than the current population.
If you need the professionals on the job, call CDI Pest Management today!