Rodents may transmit numerous serious diseases. The C.D.C (Center for Disease Control) lists numerous diseases directly linked to rodents. Rats can be very persistent and if they manage to gain access into your home or business they can spread these diseases, cause considerable damage and contaminate food. Rats can damage your home’s insulation, chew through floor joists and walls, cause fires by chewing on electrical cables and undermine hill sides, retaining walls and other similar structures through their burrowing activity.
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Rodents are opportunistic and will move in to the house long before you notice them. When this happens, you may need our help. We thoroughly inspect the premises to identify the problem and consider using baits or traps to eradicate the rodents. As with all pest management programs, an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is an integral part of successful rodent control. IPM involves consideration of all control procedures including attention to sanitation and hygiene, trapping, proofing of entry points, and the use of baiting procedures. All control procedures are preceded by a thorough inspection of the entire premises to identify the rodent and to define the extent of infestation.
As climatic conditions become less favourable during the onset of winter months, rodents move indoors looking for both shelter and food, however, in commercial premises rodents can be a problem all year round, and in certain instances, mice can attain plague proportions in rural areas. Rodents construct their nests utilising soft materials, such as shredded paper or fabrics, close to areas where they scavenge for food and water. These nests are usually situated in wall cavities, roof voids or underfloor areas, and in the case of Norway Rats, in burrows in garbage tips, and other similar sites. The adult female is capable of giving birth to 4-6 litters per year, each letter continuing between 5-10 young, which themselves are capable of reproduction three months after birth. Within a period of a year the mating of a single pair of rodents can result in a rodent population of 400-700!!