Rodents in Queensland
Rodent Control Sunshine Coast
There are large brown sewer rats (Rattus norvegicus) on the Sunshine Coast, and smaller grey and black climbing roof rats (Rattus rattus). Sewer rats usually live under buildings and on farms, whereas climbing rats tend to make their homes in your home. House mice (Mus domesticus) are small and sleek and run fast. They may look cute, but they eat everything, including insulation and building materials, and they breed fast — females can produce a litter of six a month!
Robert Browning — The Pied Piper of Hamelin:
They fought the dogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
And licked the soup from the cooks’ own ladles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men’s Sunday hats,
And even spoiled the women’s chats,
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats.
The first signs of rats and mice are droppings, food disappearing, unexplained sounds at night and tooth marks on food containers. Rats do spread disease, especially salmonellosis, when humans eat contaminated food. In Queensland, introduced rats or their fleas have been linked with the plague, Weils disease, rat bite fever, typhus and meningitis.
W.C. Fields said “The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath”
If you want to try to deal with them yourself, the first thing is to clean up and don’t leave out any food or water. Then try to find holes that could be sealed. If you don’t want to risk using poisoned bait or traps because of children, you might try getting a cat. Or an ultrasonic device. And putting down peppermint oil. Rats and mice really don’t like its smell, and it may help to get rid of them. Also, plant catnip. Cats love it; rats hate it. But rats can get in anywhere ¬— they can climb walls, run along a cable or rope and jump higher than you would believe.
Elizabeth Bowen said “Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.”
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