There are over 2000 different species of rodents throughout the world. Rodents make up 40% of all mammals and are found in large numbers on all continents, except Antarctica. In Australia, we have over 60 recognized native rodent species and several introduced species. What defines a rodent, and what control measures can be done to prevent rodent problems?
Rodents are defined as “mammals of the order Rodentia, which are characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws.” With teeth that are ever-growing, rodents are notorious for gnawing on things to keep their teeth at a manageable length. Much of the damage done by rodents in homes and businesses is from this gnawing. They will chew on wood, carpets, insulation, plumbing, electrical wires, and more. Fires have been known to start because of damage from rodent infestations.
Most rodents are small with sturdy bodies and short legs. Rodents of the world include animals like mice, rats, prairie dogs, chipmunks, squirrels, beavers, capybara, guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, and more. Here in Australia, our native rodents are all members of the order muridae (rats and mice). While most rodents tend to avoid people, several rodent species that were introduced to Australia from other areas like to live and breed around human dwellings. These rodents are known as commensal rodents, which literally means “sharing one’s table.” The house mouse, Norway rat, and roof rat are commensal and invasive species that have now become major pests along the Sunshine Coast and throughout the whole world.
Problems Caused By Rodents
Aside from property damage that was already mentioned above, rodents can also contaminate food, resulting in costly losses, and spread diseases. Rodents generally enter homes in search of food, water, or shelter. They will find any food that is not properly stored and sealed. Contamination occurs because of saliva, urine, or feces left behind. Sanitation and proper storage is essential for rodent control. Rodents are also notorious for spreading diseases. They are known to spread over 35 different diseases through direct or indirect transmission. Some of the most deadly pandemics in the world, including Black Death, were spread by rodents. Even today, rodents can spread dangerous diseases to unsuspecting residents, so rodent control is a must.
Sunshine Coast Rodent Control
If you are struggling with mice or rats and need Sunshine Coast rodent control, contact Radar Pest Control. Our expert technicians, friendly staff, and professional service will ensure that you won’t want to go with any other pest control company. From rodents to termites and every pest in between, you can count on Radar Pest Control to keep your family safe and pest free.