Rodents can be the worst nightmare you will ever face in your household. They are resilient, stubborn and destructive. Moreover, they are very hard working and can squeeze through small spaces just to get access to your home. Getting rid of mice and rats is an uphill task, especially if you are without any professional help.
In New Zealand, we have numerous notorious rodents. There are three known types of rats and one active house mouse that can cause a lot of mayhem in your residence. Once they gain access to your home, they can multiply rapidly.
Given that rodents can have from 3 to 7 litters at once, it is important to apply the best rodent extermination method, lest your house becomes a breeding ground.
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Different Rodent Species In New Zealand
Ship rat (Rattus rattus)
Ship rats are rampant in New Zealand. These rats are easy to identify as they have longer tails than their bodies. Their ears are also somewhat larger, and thus quite visible.
Kiore (Rattus exulans)
The Kiore looks more like the Ship rat. However, the adult Kiore is slightly shorter than the Ship rat and has a shorter tail when compared to its body. The Kiore is commonly found in the South Island of New Zealand.
Norwegian rat (Rattus norvegicus)
The Norway rat has a shorter tail. Unlike, the Ship rat, its body is longer than the tail. Some of its distinct features include small ears, small eyes, and a blunt nose.
House mouse (Mus domesticus)
The house mouse is an extremely active rodent, and the length of its body and tail is almost the same. This type of mouse has a small head and large eyes. They are brown in color and have small feet.
Signs Of A Rodent Infestation
When an intruder comes to your house, there are telltale signs that will let you know something is amiss. Here are the most common:
One of the signs that you may come across is rodent droppings. Mostly, the droppings are likely to be found near the pets feeding area, near trash cans, and where you keep your food.
Most rodents are nocturnal. When it’s dark and silent, they come out from their hiding and engage in mischief. Due to the silence of the night, you are likely to hear them scratching surfaces.
Rodents destroy anything in their way to collect various nesting materials. If you see small pieces of materials lying in different places in your household, then you should know that there is a rodent infestation. You are likely to find these in concealed areas.
Are there burrows in your compound? If there are signs of burrows in different areas in the yard, then you should contact a reliable rodent pest control company before it’s too late.
Pungent ammonia-like odor
Rodents are likely to leave behind a strong smell, which emanates from their urine.
Gnawing is one of the most annoying rodent activities. At first, you may notice gnawed wood, wires or fruits on a tree, but not give it much of a thought. However, if you examine it closely and look around, you will definitely notice that there are rodents in your residence.
Another sign that you have some new guests in your house is the smudging of the walls and food storage areas. This is a common pattern because rodents collect dirt by passing through various surfaces and leave visible marks in clean areas. If you see some sort of hair, then you can be sure there are rats or mice in the house.
Damage to property
Rodents top the list as one of the most destructive pests you may encounter in your household. This can be attributed to the fact that they can chew through most materials. Here are some of the damages that rodents can cause to your property;
Rats and mice will chew insulations and cause problems with your wiring. This kind of damage is extremely dangerous as it can lead to a fire. Besides messing with the wiring, when they make their way into an electric home appliance, they can cause various malfunctions, including short-circuiting.
Their tough gnawing teeth will destroy furniture, wooden structures, plastics, and water pipes, wreaking havoc to your home. Your clothes will not be spared either. They poke holes in between them and render them useless to you.
Health Hazards Associated With Rodents
Apart from the nuisance and damage, smells and noises from rodents to keep you up at night, one of the major reasons to eradicate rodents is that they pose various health hazards, including:
You can get this unpleasant disease by coming into contact with urine, tissue or blood of the infected rodents. Leptospirosis starts as a mild, uncomfortable flu, which could escalate in a severe condition when it affects a particular organ.
Rat bite fever
If you unknowingly come into contact with the rodents hovering around your household, you may be susceptible to rat bite fever. This can happen through food contamination from droppings and urine of rodents with the RBF bacteria.
Rodents infected by the salmonella bacterium can easily pass it to you and your loved ones. This disease can be fatal considering its treatment is not always effective. The best thing you can do is to make sure that your residence is rodents free.
Leave It To The Experts
Now that you know more about rodents it is easy to see why they can be a serious issue in your home or workplace. Ajet Pest Control is one of the leading companies in Auckland that can help you to not only control but completely get rid of rodents. We have a team of experts who carry out the extermination process and advise you on some of the precautions you can take to keep rodents at bay.
As part of the measure of mice and rat control, it helps to seal all the entry points that rodents can use to access your house. Remember that these animals just need a small opening to squeeze through. In case they don’t fit, they chew away the material surrounding it until they gain way.
If you have been fighting with the nuisance of rodents without success, then let us help you eradicate them once and for all. We will also leave you well informed to ensure that the rodents don’t invade your precious home again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Take them immediately to your local vet. Rodent bait is lethal to dogs; they need Vitamin K1 immediately.
Until they are no longer needed.
No. Once the rodent has eaten a lethal dose of bait they usually leave the property in search of water.