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Rodents
 
The three major pest species of rodents are the Norway Rat, The Roof Rat and the House Mouse.  Rodents are responsible for the loss and contamination of feed from the crop stage to the production and to the storage in both domestic and commercial premises

As climate 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.

 
Norway Rat

As climate 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.

Rodents actively look for food at night.  Their diet includes food material of both animal and plant material and apart from mice, access to water is necessary.

As rodents are nocturnal their activity is seldom observed during daylight hours, so it is important to recognise signs of their presence. 


Signs of rodents:

  • If nesting in roof space, look for holes through your insulation;
  • Ceiling fibres bundled up, nest;
  • Burrows;
  • Runways (Dirty smears round entry/exit holes);
  • Droppings - they deposit their droppings everywhere that they travel, they are unable to control this action;
  • Stains from urination;
  • The fruit in your fruit bowl has bite marks in them;
  • Loss of stock in your pantry or production area.

 

 
Roof Rat

 

 


House Mouse

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