Diseases can be spread by Rodents in your Home

Rodent Control is very important in Australian homes as there are species of rats and mice that can spread disease. Any food that comes into contact with rodents will become contaminated and can make your family very ill. Here is some important information about rodents, disease and how to protect your home from infestation:

Norwegian Rats: Norwegian rats carry disease and are also considered pests in Australia. Native rats to Australia are protected species and are rarely found in or around homes. They also do not carry disease. Norwegian rats will burrow into your home either through the ground or attic. They can cause damage to your home as well as contaminate food and water. Rats spread disease via the fleas that they carry and diseases can include:

  • Foot-and-mouth disease
  • Typhus
  • Plague

Rats will also cause extensive damage to your home by gnawing through just about anything they can sink their teeth into.

Mice: Mice are much smaller than rats but can cause just as much damage. Mice carry a number of serious illnesses which can be spread through their droppings to both humans and animals. Diseases include:

  • salmonella
  • leptospirosis
  • tapeworms
  • roundworms
  • fungal skin diseases
  • ringworm which can be transmitted to cats and humans

Rodent Control: There are a number of ways you can prevent rodent infestations in your home including:

  • Reduce the food available in your home by storing things in secure, hard sheltered containers with lids
  • Rodent-proof your home to make it difficult for rodents to gain access
  • Use traps to capture rodents before they have time to nest
  • Consider the use of a professional rodent control service to help provide the protection your home needs

Dangers of Rodent Control: It is important to take great caution when trying to protect your home from rodents. Avoid trying to lay poisons and chemicals around your home and property as this can put your family in danger of being poisoned. It is also dangerous for your pets and the pets of your neighbours. You can even harm innocent wildlife on your property, including protected species.

The safest way to keep your home protected against rodents is to speak to a rodent control company. They can assess your home and make suggestions to keep your home rodent proof. They will use safe and legal means to keep your home protected.

If you are worried about rodents in your home the rodent control experts at Rip Pest Control can help. Visit www.rippestcontrol.com.au for more information.

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