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Rodents – Pest Control Services in Canberra

Rodents (rats and mice) are problematic for two reasons: they carry disease and they damage materials in your home. The most common rodent pests found in Canberra are the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), black rat (Rattus rattus), house mouse (Mus musculus) and field mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus). ACT Pest Control provides a range of effective rodent pest control services in Canberra.

Which diseases can rodents spread?

Rodents are potential carriers of serious diseases that are harmful to humans, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, rat-bite fever and typhus fever (via fleas). It’s very important not to touch or breathe in the smell of rodent urine, faeces and saliva (always wear gloves and a face mask when dealing with rodents). Rodents can also transmit ticks and fleas to humans.

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How can rodents damage my home?

Rodents love to gnaw on common household materials, such as wood, particle board, wiring, insulation, plastic, vinyl and plaster. Rodents are forced to gnaw in order to file down their teeth, which are always growing. A rodent that gnaws on electrical wiring can potentially cause a short circuit that leads to a house fire.

What attracts rodents to a home?

Rodents are always in search of food, water and shelter. That’s why it’s important to keep your home clean and tidy – particularly where the kitchen is concerned.

What are the signs of a rodent infestation?

Rodents leave ample evidence of their activities, especially after a busy night (rodents are nocturnal). Keep an eye out for the following:-

  • Droppings – usually pellet or banana shaped; dark brown / black in colour; range in size from several millimetres up to 20 millimetres (large rat).
  • Foul urine smell – rodent urine has a strong musky odour.
  • Gnaw marks on food and household materials.
  • Tracks and runways – a group of rodents using a “common path” will leave behind footprints, greasy marks, urine stains and droppings.
  • A rodent nest – you may stumble upon a rodent nest in a kitchen, wall or roof cavity (usually characterised by shredded paper, dried plant matter, droppings and urine smells / stains).
  • Scampering, gnawing, scratching and squeaking noises in your roof, walls or under your home.

Where do rodents like to hide in a home?

As nocturnal creatures, rodents usually like to hide in dark places, such as:-

  • Wall and ceiling cavities
  • Under floors
  • Behind kitchen / laundry cupboards and sinks
  • Under bathtubs
  • Wardrobes

When do rodents breed?

Rodents generally breed during spring, summer and early autumn. It’s not unusual for a rodent litter to number between 5 and 10. A healthy female rodent usually produces 5+ litters per year. Rodents prefer the warmth to the cold, so are attracted to Canberra homes in the winter.

Can rodents attract snakes?

Yes. Snakes feed on rodents and may enter your property, especially if you live near bushland.

How are rodents eradicated?

A rodenticide (usually in bait form) is used to poison rodents. Given that rodents are neophobic (fearful of new things), successful baiting can take several weeks.


For further information on rodent pest control services in Canberra, please call the friendly team at ACT Pest Control on 1300 022 122.


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