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Are you at risk of a rodent plague?

There have been a surge of reports on rat plagues within metro cities in New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Victoria.

Are you living in a rodent hot spot?

Residents living in metro/suburban areas might not be familiar with rodent plagues, but there are familiar occurrences in Australia’s grain belt. According to PestSmart, mouse plagues have been happening on Australian grain farms (on average) every four years since 1990. The worst ever mouse plague on record occurred in 1993, causing an estimated $96 million in damage.

To a certain degree, this level of damage could also be expected in metropolitan areas. Figures showed that in one year, ten black rats can produce approximately 146,000 droppings and 54 litres of urine. These are dangerous figures as rodent urine/droppings harbour diseases like leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), and Salmonellosis. These diseases can spread by the simple act of inhaling dust contaminated with urine/droppings, or by ingesting food and/or water that has been contaminated by rat urine/droppings. Rodents also cause significant damage to property, chewing on electrical wiring, insulation, vehicle parts, and more.

During winter, pest experts attribute the increased rat activity due to the colder weather; however, there are other factors that have contributed to an increase in metro rodent activity. Review the list below and see whether you’re currently living in a rodent hot spot.

Are you at risk of a rat plague?

If you believe at least one of the above statements relates to you, you might have moderate rodent activity in your city.

If two or more of the above statements relate to you, your city is vulnerable to a rodent infestation.

If three or more of the above statements relate to you, a rodent infestation is very likely to occur in your city.

Whether you agree with one or more of the above statements, you’ll need the help of a local, trusted pest controller. Effective and reliable long term rodent control can only come from a professional pest controller. Fill in the form and contact your local Flick technician today!

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