Rats and Mice

IMG_1162The problem

Rats can reach sexual maturity at 5 weeks of age

Rats don’t have a breeding season

Females of breeding age come into heat all year round, every 4 to 5 days

WOW! When on heat a female rat can mate around 500 times with different males, in a six hour period

A pair can produce as many as 2000 descendants in a year

Average lifespan is 3 years

Rats don not recognize incest

The gestation period is normally 22 days

Rats’ front teeth grow 4½ to 5½ inches each year

Rats eat their own feces, purely for the nutritional value.

A rat can fall as far as 50 feet and land uninjured.

A rat can jump 1.5m horizontally and .75m vertically

Rats are known to transmit several potentially fatal diseases to humans, including viral hemorrhagic fever, plague, Weil’s disease, and Q fever.


A mouse in the house isn’t as cute as it sounds. Rats in the roof are worse!  Rodent pests spread disease, cause, damage and create odours. Finding those telltale droppings in the pantry cupboard means: 1) a huge clean out 2) you need to stop the problem quick smart before it multiplies. Rats and mice often inhabit wall and roof cavities. Their urine can cause allergic reactions and they may carry fleas, lice, mites and ticks into your home. They can chew electrical wiring, causing fires. 

The solution

Trim trees back to beyond 2m of house/roof gutters,  trees touching your building also bring ants and spiders inside.

Reduce food, water and harbourage for the rodents.  Pet food, chicken food etc should be stored properly and distributed to your pets without waste or spillage.  Shed, garages etc packed to the rafters with stored boxes etc can provide good breeding grounds.  Mulch piles and garden waste also provide breeding space.  Compost bins should be sealed tightly.  Quiet sheltered areas (such as roof voids) provide excellent breeding spaces.

It is nearly impossible to rodent proof most buildings.  A full grown rat can squeeze through a 10mm squared hole.

Act quickly before the problem spreads. Mice and rats breed fast! Call us at the first sign of rodent visitors.


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