Biology and Habits:
Rats and mice are social animals living in groups. They are nocturnal and omnivorous scavengers (ie. can eat a wide range of human foods), and can adapt very well to human living conditions. They have keen senses of smell, touch, and hearing, but their sight is poor.
Rats are neophobic, which means they have a fear of new things in their environment and stick to well known routes. Mice on the other hand are curious and adventurous.
Winter is the time of year when rats and mice will come in out of the cold to nest in our roofs, subfloors and kitchens.
They construct their nests close to areas where they scavenge for food and water and use soft materials such as shredded paper or fabric. Their nests are often found in wall cavities, roof voids and underfloor areas.
Detecting the Presence of Rodents:
Sounds, such as scratching, light thumping and gnawing, evidence of droppings over surfaces they travel, urine stains, greasy smear marks along their main routes, and teeth marks are some of the indicators that rodents are present in your home. All of these factors can assist your local Austrapest Pest Manager to determine the species and size of infestation.
The first step in control for the householder is to give attention to sanitation and hygiene, and block entry holes where possible. When the problem is out of control, professional assistance is necessary.
Your local Austrapest technician provides a service for rodents including thorough inspections, physical trapping, proofing of entry points and baiting. Technicians use their specialised knowledge of rodent behaviour to successfully control these pest problems.