When Rodents Move Indoors

As autumn approaches rats and mice start increasingly looking for warmer and more comfortable shelter. Autumn in Sydney is a welcome relief from the summer heat as it brings cooler temperatures. However, it also brings rats and mice that are on a look out for suitable indoor locations. After the summer months of rats and mice having been happy to seek food and water out doors, cooler autumn climatic conditions is the very first signal for all rodents to look for comfort in our warm homes and commercial buildings.

At this time each year, the onset of lower temperatures bring with it increased enquiries from home and business owners advising us of rats and mice infestations, causing havoc. We recommend fast action to eradicate the new arrivals before they take hold and cause significant damage. Rats and mice are not fussy in choosing their new winter dwelling, however they will favour locations wherever food and warm shelter are readily available. Deprivation of suitable habitat, de-cluttering and simple changes in housekeeping, can significantly reduce the likelihood of these unwanted visitors, establishing themselves around your home and office.

Rats and mice are prolific breeders, their sexual maturity is reached very early in their lives. They can produce around eight litters per year that can vary between 8-12 babies per litter. Population of both can explode rapidly when the conditions are favorable. If left unchecked, rats and mice can create mayhem in not only residential, but also in commercial premises.

Given rats and mice have the ability to multiply quickly as well as cause destruction by chewing through timber, plastics and linings, it is critical that a pest control expert is called when the very first signs of a rodent infestation are noticed. Once established, rats and mice can damage not only property and stock. They can also contaminate food and be a major health risk to the public at large.

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