House Mouse – Mus Musculus
Mus Musculus also known as the common House Mouse is the smallest of the rodents and will be found almost anywhere in Australia except for a few offshore islands. If you have mouses in your home it is vital to deal with the eradication in a quick and swift manner as the House Mouse breeds very quick and before you know it you will have an infestation or plague.
Roof Rat – RattusRattus
The Roof Rat also known as RattusRattus was introduced to Australia in the late 1700s when the first fleet arrived. Other names that the Roof Rat goes by are the Ship Rat, House Rat, Old English Rat and Alexandrine Rat.
Unfortunately the Roof Rat has spread along the coastlines of Australia and has become a serial pest to agricultural, industrial, commercial and residential environments. The roof Rat will feed on anything like insects, food waste, birds and a wide range of agricultural crops.
Bush Rat – Rattus Fuscipes
Bush Rats also known as Rattus Fuscipes is a native rodent here in Australia and usually resides along the coastlines where there are bush lines. Typically the Bush Rat will forage on fruits, insects, seeds, arthropods, fungi and fibrous plant material. Fortunately the Bush Rat is not a serial pest to agricultural, households and businesses. The Bush Rats carry an airborne disease called Leptospirosis which is a potentially fatal disease.
Norway Rat – Rattus Norvegicus
The Norway Rat is also known as the Rattus Norvegicus and the largest rat in Australia. The Norway Rat is also known by Street Rat, Common Rat, Brown Rat, Wharf Rat Hanover Rat and Norwegian Rat.
Despite the name Norway Rat it is believed that the rat originated from China and spread through Europe except Antarctica and on to Australia in the late 1700s by boat from England.
Rats are a medium to large size rodent and will have a long tail. They can be brown, grey or black and will usually have very large teeth. There are many species of rats, Brown Rats, Black Rats, Bush Rats, Swamp Rats and Water Rats.
The presence of rats in your premises is undesirable and usually will be caused by food spoilage, stored food and an infestation caused by premises that surrounds you.
Rats can cause contamination to food that you store in your pantry or by leaving droppings on your utensils and bench tops. Once a contamination occurs it can have devastating effects as the bacteria can be harmful and can even lead to death in some cases.
Rats also carry parasites which are fleas, ticks and lice which are also known to have diseases.
Rats can also cause structural damage as they need to gnaw on hard materials to keep their teeth at a length that is comfortable for them to go about their daily business. In some cases their gnawing has caused many house fires as they have chewed through electrical wires.
Rats leave an unpleasant odour with their droppings and urine stains which can cause more damage to your premises.
In a small environment rats will produce hundreds of thousands of pups in one year. They will reproduce with their offspring and brothers and sisters.
Rodents can squeeze through an opening the size of a 10C piece. This is because rodents have a long cylindrical shape and they are extremely flexible.
If you smell an unpleasant odour or have scratching noises in your roof call Redline Pest Control today.
Mice have similar characteristics to their cousins the rat. Mice are much smaller than rats and will often be a brown colour but can be white, black, grey and pale yellow. Like the rat mice cause the same havoc on your premises by causing damage to structural damage to your premises whether it is their gnawing to the timbers and urine/droppings. They will also contaminate food sources and will leave droppings and urine on your utensils and bench tops.
Female Mice will breed around the age of 50 days and will breed throughout the year. Once the female has mated the gestational period is usually around 20 days. Mice will bread within their own circle of family and can reproduce hundreds of pups per year.
Rodent Pest Management (RPM)
Rats and mice can be hard to get rid of and often at times making us shriek and jump on the lounge so they don’t come close to us.
Redline Pest Control believes in not only providing a rodent service to our customer but we also educates customers in how they can help by maintaining their premises to avoid future outbreaks.
What We Do When We Are At Your Premises
- Investigate, Identify and Analyse all areas of your premises
- Understand the safety risk and the environment of your premises
- Advise you the customer of how to implement a plan on sanitation and reduce harbourages
- Method on how to control rodents
The Importance of Inspections
- R: Rodent Species
- I: Infestation Severity
- G: Gaps that need rodent proofing
- H: High activity areas
- T: Tools that you need to use
Key Inspection Points
- Ask the customer what sort of activity have they seen
- Inspection should be three dimensional up down and side to side
- Identify any food source IE citrus trees, pet food, rubbish bins ETC
- Identify any areas which may be an issue and cause high pressure areas
- Always educate the customer from the start so they know what is going on
Common Areas to Examine
- Rodents will follow their pathways where they run in and along the buildings
- Check all pipelines and utility lines are sealed to prevent rodents entering the building
- Poor sanitation areas must be checked
- Areas which have a source of warmth
- Rood void
- Debris outside
Check out our Risk Map for Termite Control Parramatta.