Do I Have A Rodent Infestation, And What Does That Mean?

Updated: Aug 3

Early 2021 saw a spike in rodent breeding and infestations across New South Wales, dramatically increasing the risk of disease and infection among residents. Rats and mice are pests, breeding quickly and exponentially. They not only carry disease but can cause significant damage to property and food as well. Therefore, rodent pest control in Maitland and surrounding areas is now more needed than ever.


The presence of rats and mice aren’t always immediately obvious. If you regularly see them scurrying about your property, it usually means that the infestation is probably already quite far gone and will require extensive treatment.


To try and catch the problem early on, one should remain vigilant of the signs of their presence - little clues they leave behind. A well-trained and experienced pest management expert will be able to read these signs with ease.


Signs Of Infestation


Probably the most common and easily identifiable signs of rats and mice are their droppings. These pellet-shaped droppings - which look more or less like a large grain of dark brown rice - will often be found in similar spots since rats have been known to use particular areas as their toilets. They can leave up to 40 droppings a night, which should make the detection of their presence fairly easy.


Gnaw marks on cables, woodwork, plastic items and even lead piping or bricks can also be dead giveaways. Similarly, food bags and boxes that have been torn open are clear signs that you have a rodent problem.


In dusty, unused areas of the building, you might see tiny footprints and tail marks. You might even be able to find a couple of greasy smear marks along skirting boards or walls which act as trails for them to follow.


It is also very common for those with a rodent infestation to hear them scratching, gnawing and scuttling about in the ceiling or elsewhere, particularly at night.


Why Does It Matter?


Rats and mice urinate and defecate where ever they go. Contact with these substances can result in becoming infected with a variety of potentially deadly diseases. Rats coming into contact with your food and food preparation surfaces increases the chance of infection.


Some of these diseases include leptospirosis, salmonella, listeria, toxoplasma gondii and hantavirus, among others. If you have small children or pets, the risk of infection is increased significantly.


Property damage from rats and mice can range from a nuisance to a full-blown catastrophe. Damage to food stocks is the most common. However, structural damage can also be significant if left unchecked.


Contact us now to find out how we can help you with your pest control problems in Maitland, whether rodent or otherwise!


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