Both rats and mice are considered pests as they can cause a lot
of damage as a result of being able to chew through anything
that isn't as strong as their teeth.
Traps and poison are the most common ways of getting rid of them
while some people may prefer a more humane way of getting rid of
them such as traps that donít kill, but capture them.
You may need to employ professional help from a company that
deals with pest control if you have a very bad problem with rats
and, or mice.
The most common first sign of an infestation is the discovery of
droppings. The size of the droppings can help identify who the
culprit may be. If the droppings are about 1cm long and rod
shaped then you are likely to have rats. If the droppings
resemble a grain of rice then you have mice. Other signs are
footprints in dust, food packets and containers have corners and
edges nibbled, furniture with nibble damage and nest sites.
Health Risks and Problems
Rats and mice can carry diseases such as salmonella,
Leptospirosis, Weil's disease, Murine typhus, Viruses,
parasites, Brucellosis, Aujeszky's disease and foot & mouth
disease. These are all transmittable to people as well as
livestock such as pigs and poultry making it important for
farmers to keep rats and mice under control.
A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem!
Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of
traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and
around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce
illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.