Rats and mice pose a serious health risk as they are capable of transmitting a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases through their saliva, faeces, urine and hair. They carry salmonella and contaminate food stores, utensils and surfaces. They can also carry lice, fleas and ticks into your home or business.
Aside from the danger they pose to health, rodents are well known for the physical damage they can do including breakdowns in machinery and electrical fires by their habit of gnawing. Immediate attention to a rodent problem is vital as rodents breed rapidly their ability to contaminate and cause damage can occur quickly. They can gnaw through cables, plastic, books, doors and upholstery.
During cooler months rodents often seek shelter and the warmth that a home or office can offer. Nesting in insulation of roof voids is common and as they are nocturnal scurrying across the roof can often be heard during the night and can be the first sign of a rodent problem.
While we can successfully manage a rodent infestation with the application of baits to their harbourages, improving sanitation and reducing the availability of warmth and shelter is ultimately the long- term solution. Rodents usually become problematic as the weather cools and they look for warm harbourages such as roof voids.