Most rodents are small animals with robust bodies, short limbs, and long tails. They use their sharp incisors to gnaw food, excavate burrows, and defend themselves.
Rodents have been used as food, for clothing, as pets, and as laboratory animals in research. Some species, in particular, the brown rat, the black rat, and the house mouse, are serious pests, eating and spoiling food stored by humans, and spreading diseases, and this is why it is important to call the professional at Proven Pest Control. We eliminate these pests for you.
The 3 pest rodents you need to be able to identify are:
Rattus Rattus – Roof rat, black rat, fruit rat, tree rat etc. This rat is so common it has so many names! With a head and body length of 165-205mm, a tail length of 185-245mm and body weight of 95-340g. The tail is longer than the body which makes it easy to identify. It has relatively large eyes and ears and their colour ranges from black to light brown.
This species may have up to 6 litters of 5-10 per young annum.
They are frequently found in domestic dwellings where residents may be alerted to its presence by scratching noises in the roof. It may nest inside wall insulation or in boxes.
Rattus norvegicus – Norway rat, brown rat, sewer rat, lab rat etc. These sturdy rodents have a combined head and body length of 180-255mm, tail length of 150-215mm, and weight of 200-400g. This rat is stocky, with scruffy brown fur, small eyes, short ears and a very short and fat tail.
This species may have up to 5-6 litters per young annum.
They are dominant in Europe and America but has not yet managed to colonise much of Australia. However, very large infestations have been found in poultry farms a long way from any ports.
Mus domesticus – House mouse. There is some confusion as to the exact species we have in Australia. House mice have a combined head and body length of 60-95mm, tail length of 75-95mm and weight of 10-20g. They have a slim body a pointed nose with quite large ears, and a fur colour of brown to grey.
They are “opportunistic” breeders, reaching sexual maturity at around 8 weeks old. They may produce 6-10 litters per young annum with 5-6 young per litter. The gestational period is around 19 days.There creatures may live either indoors and outdoors, usually coming inside to avoid severe cold weather. Because of their small size, they can enter through almost any aperture. Experts say “if you can stick a pencil through a hole, then a mouse can".
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