Rodents (rats and/or mice)
Rodents live in groups, in nests, constructed of soft materials such as paper, fabrics and insulation. They are most commonly found in wall voids, roof voids, under floors and in stored foods. They are scavengers, with the location of their nests typically determined by their access to food and water.
Rodents can pose a serious health problem to humans because of their ability to transmit diseases by a variety of means.
The most commonly occurring rodents found in the Gold Coast are Tweed regions are:
Also see the Rodent Profile prepared by AEPMA
What can you do to reduce your risk of rodent infestation?
You can take the following precautions to minimise your risk of rodents inhabiting areas around your home:
- Seal any gaps in walls and around pipes.
- Secure ventilation holes and drain pipes with mesh.
- Use draft excluders on the bottoms of external doors.
- Cleanliness. Cleanliness . Cleanliness.
- Keep food in sealed containers.
- Clear away pet food bowls after use.
- Dispose of rubbish and clean up any spillages ASAP.
- Keep bin lids closed.
- Stay on top of your garden and lawn maintenance.
- Clear up any fallen fruit and leftover bird food from your garden.
Depending on the type of rodents and the extent of the infestation, Surekil Pest Control may recommend the use of a combination of traps, rodent stations and baits to control the problem.