Rodent Facts & Identification

Rodent Facts & Health Risks

Rodents like mice and rats are known for their ability to reproduce quickly, which means if they enter your home, they can cause large infestations. They are also known for their gnawing behaviour, which may damage structures, electrical wiring, and pipes. Additionally, these pests can be carriers of diseases and parasites and can contaminate food and surfaces with their droppings and urine, posing a risk to human health.

Preventing these pests from entering your home is essential to safeguard your health. You may eliminate food, water, and shelter sources to avoid attracting them and seal cracks and crevices to restrict their entry. If rodents have entered your property, you may require professional pest control services to manage the infestation.

Tom’s Pest Control is an expert in handling rodent infestation. We offer safe, effective, and affordable pest control services to manage rodent infestation on your property.

Why Remove Rodents from Your Home Immediately?

Removing rodents from your property is essential for several reasons:

  • Rodents can carry and spread diseases, such as salmonellosis, hantavirus, and bubonic plague, which can pose serious health risks to humans and pets.
  • They can contaminate food and surfaces with droppings and urine, increasing the risk of disease transmission.
  • Rodents are known for their gnawing behaviour, which can cause damage to electrical wiring, pipes, and other structures, potentially leading to fires and water damage. They can also eat stored food and chew on household items, causing additional damage and expense.
  • Rodents can quickly reproduce, leading to large populations and infestations, which can be difficult and expensive to manage if uncontrolled.

Common Rodent Pest Species

Norway Rat

The Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the brown rat, is one of the largest species of rat that can grow up to 40cm long (including the tail) and weigh about half a kilogram. The Norway rat has a stocky body with a blunt snout, small ears, and a tail shorter than its body. Its fur is usually brown or grey, with a lighter underbelly.

Roof Rat

The roof rat (Rattus rattus), also known as the black rat, is a species of rat that is smaller in size compared to the Norway rat and can grow up to 10 cm (excluding the tail) and weigh about 220 to 280 grams. The roof rats are long and thin and have large ears, eyes, and well-pointed noses. Its fur is usually black or dark brown, and its belly side is grey, black or white.

House Mouse

The house mouse (Mus musculus) is one of the most common rodents known for its ability to live near humans. House mice are small and can grow up to 4 inches in length, excluding the tail, weighing up to 30 grams. They have a pointed snout and large ears, usually light brown to dark brown.

Trust The Experts for Effective Rodent Removal

Tom’s Pest Control offers comprehensive rodent removal services to rid your home or business of rodents. Our experienced technicians can inspect the property and identify any potential points of entry and nesting sites, then use suitable baiting methods to eradicate the problem. In addition, we also provide follow-up services to ensure that the rodents do not re-enter your property. We also offer advice on how to keep your premises safe from further infestations.

If you are experiencing a rodent problem, contact us today for effective and reliable pest control solutions.

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