Rodent Habitats and Behavior

Rodents such as mice and rats are often considered pests due to their tendency to invade homes, damage property, and spread disease. They chew on almost anything they can get their teeth on, including electrical wires, insulation, walls, and even structural beams, which can lead to severe damage to properties. They can also destroy or eat crops in fields and reduce yields.

At Tom’s Pest Control Sydney, we specialise in identifying, removing, and preventing the infestation of pests, including rodents. We use various techniques to manage pest populations effectively, including trapping, baiting, and exclusion.

Removing Rodents from Your Home Is Essential

Removing rodents from your property can help avoid the following:

  • Health risks: Rodents carry various diseases that can be transmitted to humans through their droppings, urine, or bites. These diseases can cause serious illnesses, including salmonella, Hantavirus, and plague.
  • Property damage: These pests can cause significant damage to buildings and homes by gnawing on electrical wires, insulation, walls, and other structures.
  • Contamination: Rodents can also contaminate food and preparation surfaces, posing a health risk to people and pets.
  • Allergies: Some people may be allergic to rodent dander, urine, or droppings, which can cause respiratory problems, itching, and other symptoms.
  • Unpleasant odours: Dead rodents and their nests can emit unpleasant odours, which can be challenging to remove.

Several signs may indicate the presence of rodents in your home. One of the most common signs is rodent droppings, which are small and cylindrical and can be found near food sources or in areas where rodents are nesting. Next, you may see gnaw marks on furniture, electrical wires, and other structures. Finally, the rodents have been on your property for too long. In that case, they may build nests from shredded paper, insulation, or other materials, and you may find these nests in attics, walls, or other secluded places. Another common sign of rodent infestation on your property is scratching noises, which may be heard as rodents move about.

To prevent rodents from entering your home, you must seal all cracks and holes on the exterior of your home. Next, you must store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage in sealed containers to reduce the attraction of rodents. It is also recommended to reduce hiding places for rodents by removing piles of wood, debris, and other clutter from your home. Consider trimming trees and bushes to avoid giving them access to rooflines and attics. If you have pests at home, it is essential to store pet food in airtight containers and clean up spills promptly to reduce the attraction for rodents.

Rodents are typically active at night and are less likely to be seen during the day. They are omnivores and feed on various food sources, including pet food, stored grains, and fruits and vegetables. These pests use materials like shredded paper and insulation to build nests in warm, dark, and secluded places, such as attics, walls, and crawl spaces. They can breed quickly and produce large litters, leading to rapid population growth and severe infestation.

Common Rodent Pest Species


Norway Rat

The Norway rat, also known as the brown rat or sewer rat, is a common type found in many parts of the world. A large, burrowing rodent typically measures about 16 inches from the head to the end of the tail. These rats have heavy, stocky bodies and are generally brown or grey. Norway rats are omnivores and feed on various food sources, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat.


Roof Rat

The roof rat, also known as the black rat or ship rat, is a common rat found in urban areas. It is a smaller rat species compared to the Norway rat, typically measuring 6 and 8 inches in length, excluding its tail. Roof rats have slender bodies and are generally black or dark brown. They usually build their nests in high places, such as attics, trees, and roofs.


House Mouse

The house mouse is a small, greyish-brown rodent found in urban and suburban areas. It is one of the most common species of mice and is known for its ability to live and thrive in close association with humans. The house mouse typically measures 2 and 4 inches in length, excluding its tail.

Trust The Experts for Effective Rodent Removal

We are the experts when it comes to rodent removal services. At Tom’s Pest Control, we have a team of experienced pest exterminators who can easily remove all types of rodents from your property.

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