Rodents (Rats & Mice) are a nasty pest to have in your home or workplace. Whilst taking preference to certain foods just as any other animal, they known to eat just about anything and can cause irreparable damage. Their teeth can gnaw through insulation, wallboards, card board, even wood, and are sometimes even fond of electrical wiring, and that can lead to real danger.
Rodents leave droppings that can spread bacteria, contaminate food, and cause allergic reactions. They may also be carriers of diseases, some of which are potentially deadly to humans. Some of these diseases and viruses include the following:
Hantavirus – “Hantavirus is a potentially life-threatening disease transmitted to humans by rodents—primarily, the white-footed deer mouse. People become infected through exposure or inhalation of infected rodent urine, droppings or saliva, and the chances increase when people are near spaces where rodents are actively living.”
Salmonellosis – Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning spread by rodent faeces, especially through the consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms include diarrhoea, fever and abdominal pain.”
Rat-Bite Fever – “Rat-bite fever (RBF) is a potentially fatal infectious disease spread by infected rodents or the consumption of food contaminated by rodents.”
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RATS AND MICE
A mouse can enter into your home through an opening as small as ¼-inch, and once inside your home mice and rats reproduce quickly. In no time, you could be fighting a full-on infestation.
Rats tend to be larger, more social creatures that can often be seen roaming the garden, travelling across walls and heard as noisy soccer teams in your roof.
Mice are more discreet, and tend to get comfy lower down to the ground, nesting in drawers, shoeboxes, storage boxes, under cabinets and other areas that are seldom accessed.
Think you may have a Rodent Infestation? Look out for these signs:
- Rodent droppings – these may be found around food packages, in drawers or cupboards, under the sink or any other quiet corner or nook.
- Evidence of nesting.
- Nesting material such as shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter may be found. Signs of chewing on food packaging and furniture may also be evident.
- Damaged plants.
- Noises in your roof after dusk – a soccer match in your roof is often a rat population increasing.
- And, of course, if your furkids show interest in a certain area after the previous excitement of catching a rat or mouse, their noses seldom lie.
So if jumping onto the furniture at every sign of a mouse is not your ideal version of exercise, call Value Pest Control and give your furniture an extra few years!