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Rodents

Rattus Norvegicus

Rodents
Facts About Rodents
Three common rodents are:

  • Brown Rat/Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)
  • Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)
  • House Mouse (Mus Muscullus)

The Norway Rat is brown of colour, lives mainly on the ground in burrows, they have a rounded snout, ears and droppings. Their tail is short and thick.

The Black rat prefers to climb and as such it has a long tail, pointed snout and ears and have long and pointed droppings.

Rodent Behavior
  • Rodents are nocturnal (active at night).
  • Have strong social structure.
  • Neophobic (fear of new/foreign objects).
  • Preferred diet.
  • Defined home range.
  • Travel among ledges.
Rodent Breeding Cycle
  • 6 – 10 young per litter.
  • 4 – 6 litters per year.
  • Mature after 3 months.
  • Live up to 3 years.

The need for Rodent Control

Anyone who has heard of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and or the Bubonic plague will understand the plight rodents can impeed on our health and wellbeing.

Rodents enter buildings to seek food, water and warmth. They can harbour and transmit many serious diseases as well as parasites. They are rapid breeders – so before you know it – you have a nest numbering the same as a small continent living under/in your roof. Despite their sociable nature they damage property, contaminate surfaces and, their toxic faeces affect the air your children breathe in – causing severe injury.

Controlling Monsieur Rattus

Simply put – the archaic rituals of rat extermination have proved dangerous and inhumane. Contact us at Smart Pest Solutions to give you our professional opinion, and alternative options of control. Qualitative and quantitative measures are offered on maintaining your site, if you so wish, until you have seen the back Mr Rattus and his merry folk with no hope of return.

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