Rodent numbers predicted to rise
RODENT numbers are predicted to be up 30 per cent this year.
Plenty of Southern Downs residents remember the devastation a tiny mouse can cause, and pest controllers warn it’s time to get your house ready.
Amalgamated Pest Control Warwick owner-operator John Payne said while rats and mice were most common in winter, the recent rain had allowed rodent food sources to flourish and rats and mice to breed in larger numbers.
Allora business owner Cynthia Mayne worries every time she spots the first mouse inside during the cooler months and remembers when she was overrun by the critters in the plague.
“I remember it was so bad the main street smelled of mice,” Mrs Mayne said.
Now there is a prediction of a 30 per cent increase in rodent numbers for the Southern Downs region following recent heavy rain.
“I am not really looking forward to another influx of mice,” Mrs Mayne said.
“I remember they chewed through everything, electrical cords and everything. There wasn’t a thing in the house that worked.”
Mr Payne said rodents fed on grasses and seeds that had been in abundant supply this year, which had allowed the mice and rats to breed in significantly greater numbers than in previous years.
“As the weather cools and these food sources begin to diminish, property owners can expect to see mice and rats moving indoors as the rodents seek warmth and additional food sources,” Mr Payne said.
“We are already responding to rodent calls and expect the number of inquiries to increase substantially as the weather cools and food sources continue to dwindle.”
Rodent infestation does not occur only in untidy or dirty locations, but can take place anywhere there is an entrance.
Home owners are encouraged to be on the lookout for potential entrances or nesting areas, and eliminate potential food sources from their kitchens, pantries, unsealed bins, or dead fruit from trees.
“An opening the size of a 10 cent piece is enough for mice to sneak through,” Mr Payne said.
Close all openings larger than 5mm around exterior and interior walls
Seal gaps around pipes entering walls with hardware screen or fill gaps
Weather strip exterior doors
Do not leave pet food out overnight
Store dry food and goods in containers with a tight lid