ValleyPest – the Experts in
Rodent Control

Servicing the NSW Mid North Coast

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Why you need to seriously consider Rodent Control? 

Rats and mice are serious pests of humans and the management options are many. The rodents that are of great concern in the urban pest control context, not just in Australia but in many countries, are:

  • Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus)
  • Roof rat (Rattus rattus)
  • House mouse (Mus musculus)

These animals are well adapted to living in very close association with humans, sharing their food and shelter. Throughout history, rats and mice have been responsible for enormous losses of food and, owing to their ability to transmit diseases to humans by a variety of means, enormous losses of human life. Whether it be crops in the field or foods in store, rats still consume or contaminate vast amounts of food, and they still pose a serious threat to health. It is not surprising that many countries have adopted legislation aimed at reducing levels of infestation. Pest Management companies typically expend much energy in trying to control these very cunning and often cautious pests, which have so successfully exploited urban environments.

Rats and mice may transmit a disease to humans by a variety of means:

  1. Contamination of food or utensils with rodent urine or faeces. Examples: Salmonella food poisoning, choriomeningitis, mild meningitis (virus carried by mice), Weil’s disease, infectious jaundice (bacteria), tapeworm.
  2. Contamination by direct contact with urine or faeces, where bacteria seem to enter the skin through small scratches; for example, Weil’s disease.
  3. Indirect contamination via bloodsucking ectoparasites Such as fleas; for example, bubonic plague, mur‘ine typhus fever (Ric/66mm).
  4. Indirect contamination via pets to humans; for example, favus, skin disease (fungus from mice to pets to humans).
  5. Contamination by directly biting humans; for example, rat—bite fever, relapsing fever (bacteria).
  6. Indirect contamination by being eaten by an intermediate carrier; for example, trichinosis (worm—infested rodent eaten by pig, worm— infested pig eaten by human).

DETECTION OF RATS AND MICE

At ValleyPest our rodent control begins with a thorough inspection of the premises. In commercial situations, we may take the opportunity to inspect the premises at night when the activity may be directly observed. Signs of activity observed during the day are interpreted to yield as much information as possible about the type(s) of rodents present, the extent of their activity, their routes of travel and the approximate size of the population, and any other information that will aid in the determination of proper and effective control procedures.

Rodent Control

Worried about rats and mice and the diseases they carry? Call Us 1300 072 407

Free Inspection

Completed so we can identify the species, conducive conditions and the level of infestation

Safe Treatments

When pesticides are required, we only use the latest, most effective and safest available

Full Report

Post service you will be advised of treatment effectiveness and expected outcomes

Easy Payment

For your convenience, we are set up to be able to receive any type of payment

Common Rodents

  • Also referred to as the common rat, sewer rat, brown rat and water rat.

    The Norway rat is the larger of the two pest rats and has a thickset body, blunt snout, small close—set ears and a tail shorter than its body length. It normally lives 9—18 months and may have 5—6 litters per year (each With 8—10 young). The young achieve sexual maturity at 3—4 months. Clearly, its reproductive potential is very high.

    The Norway rat is very widespread and is possibly the most economically detrimental pest rodent in Australia. It infests warehouses, factories, flour mills, poultry farms, garbage dumps, shops, supermarkets, domestic premises, grain storage facilities, sewers, and many other locations that ofler shelter and food. Outside buildings, these rats mostly live in burrows, which tunnel into stream banks, under buildings, under rubbish heaps and so on. Burrows commonly have ‘bolt holes’ hidden under debris or grass to facilitate fast emergency exits. They may enter buildings just for food, reside in buildings during the colder winter months, or live in buildings all year round. Nests in buildings are mostly located in wall voids, roof voids and other parts of the construction that offer a secretive, undisturbed area for shelter and access to food and water.

  • Also referred to as the black rat and ship rat.

    The roof rat is the smaller of the pest rats and is of slighter build. It has a more pointed snout, large prominent ears and a tail longer than its body length. It normally lives 9—18 months and may have 4—5 litters per year (each With 6—8 young). The young achieve sexual maturity at 3—4 months. The roof rat activity is mostly restricted to the indoors of premises and to structures.

  • Also referred to, euphemistically, as the field mouse by people who don’t want to admit they have the pest mouse.

    The house mouse is small and has rather large ears, a pointed snout and a tail at least as long as its body length. House mice living indoors are usually a darkish grey colour, With lighter grey on the belly, While those living mainly outdoors tend to a more sandy or yellow—brown colouring — hence the references to ‘field mice’. They tend to live for about one year and may have 6—10 litters per year (each With 5—6 young). The young achieve sexual maturity at about six weeks.

    The house mouse may live indoors or out of doors, sometimes entering buildings only when climatic conditions are adverse. Being such small animals, their access into buildings is probably easier than for rats, and a greater range of nesting sites is available to them. Typically, within buildings they may nest in wall voids, cupboards, roof voids, stored foods, furniture and many other locations. Out of doors, they live in burrows.

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