Rats, mice invading Coast homes
BRING in the Pied Piper of Hamlin.
Fraser Coast children are finding their trucks and dolls chewed through, mums and dads are swiping at these voracious, agile critters with brooms and office bosses are begging frazzled employees to come down from the tops of their desks.
The region is caught up in a rare summer mouse and rat infestation and pest controllers can’t figure out exactly why.
Amalgamated Pest Control Hervey Bay’s David Knowles said he had been inundated with calls from residents and commercial property owners who had tried to manage the mice and rats themselves – without success.
“Usually rodents arrive through winter time. We believe the lack of rainfall in spring and early summer has forced them to move indoors and seek water.
“Rats and mice are invading homes, offices and warehouses. They’re definitely on the move.”
Rodents are well adapted to living in very close association with humans, sharing their food and shelter and they can impose a serious threat to our health.
They are social animals, so live in groups, in nests built of any soft materials available like paper, fabrics and insulation.
Outdoors they like to nest in burrows next to waterways, under buildings, in trees and vines, in garbage dumps, rubbish heaps and other places where food and shelter are within reasonable range.
Historically, the role that rats and mice have played in the transmission of disease to humans has been of profound importance.
The Black Death (Bubonic Plague), which claimed more than 25 million lives in 14th Century Europe, is perhaps the most documented case history of rats and disease.HOW TO GET OF RODENTS
- Sanitation – reducing the food and shelter available for rodent activity.
- Rodent-proofing – altering the building structurally so that rodents cannot gain entry.
- Trapping – using traps to capture rodents.
- Chemical control – baiting with multiple or single dose anticoagulant rodenticides.