How Much Damage Can Rats & Mice Do To Your Home?

Rodent infestations rise when it gets cold. Rodents spread diseases as well as causing damage to wiring, timber, pipes and brickwork.

Did you know rats and mice are very good climbers?

This time of the year as the weather cools rats and mice are forced to come inside for warmth and food. Sydney this year has seen an increase in rat activity with almost every second customer calling through frantic about finding rats in and around their home.

Rats and mice not only carry diseases but they can also cause a significant amount of damage to your home. Rats and mice both need to gnaw on items to keep their teeth short. If rats or mice chew through electrical wiring it can become a fire hazard. Please note: homes have been set on fire due to rats chewing through wires. This threat is real!

Rats

  • Cause significant damage to wiring.
  • Have even been known to chew through floor joists and walls.
  • Cause damage to your homes insulation.
  • Undermine hill sides, retaining walls and other similar structures through their burrowing activity.

Mice

  • Unsanitary as their droppings have been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children.
  • Multiply quickly.
  • Cause significant damage to your home and furniture.
  • Contaminate food and other materials.
  • Implicated in causing house fires after chewing through electrical cables.

The majority of insurance companies will not cover damages that have been caused by pests. If pests are covered, it is more than likely you have taken out a more expensive policy.

Again I will say, prevention is always better than a cure, as once an infestation has become established, you will not be trying to eradicate one or two rodents, in some cases up to hundreds of rats or mice would need to be exterminated.

Remember, a pest control service is going to be cheaper than having to repair structural damage or replace damaged furniture, wiring & clothes.

Are you aware that if you are considering selling a property that has evidence of a rat or mice infestation, the price for your home can be reduced significantly.

So next time you see a mouse or rat scamper along the skirting board, along the back fence, hear noises in your roof – think about your wallet and the expense of repair bills if the infestation is not taken care of in the early stages.

Know Your Enemy!

Rats

  • Scratching noises in walls or under the floor as rats scurry around.
  • Droppings – rats leave dark, tapered droppings about 3/8″ – 9/16″ long. Visit our website for dropping identification
  • Distinctive smell – rats leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in enclosed areas such as under cupboards.
  • Damage – rats have teeth that grow continuously and gnaw on wood and plastic to keep them trim. Rats can even cause fires by chewing through cables.
  • Ripped food packaging – rats will tear open food which may leave teeth marks.
  • Nests – rats build nests in warm, hidden places using shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. Nests will often contain young rats.
  • Burrows – In gardens, rats will dig burrows especially in compost heaps or under sheds. They will also build nests under the garden decking

Mice

  • Scratching noises in the walls or ceilings as mice scurry around.
  • Droppings – mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks. .Visit our website for dropping identification
  • Distinctive smell – mice leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as under cupboards.
  • Damage – mice have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials to keep their teeth shorter.
  • Nests – mice build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. These will tend to be in hidden places such as behind fridges. Nests will often contain young mice.