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Rodents: The Domesticated Pests

Rodents are one of the most successful groups of mammals on Earth, having been able to survive in many different types of environments. They also have figured out many ways to avoid danger. Even though they can’t see very well, all of their other senses are very strong. While some rodents have cute appearances and can be kept as domestic pets, they are broadly considered pests for a few reasons. Their habit of damaging human food, property, and health make rodent pest control an important concern for homeowners.

Reasons for Rodent Pest Control


  1. Rodents consume human food, both in storage and in fields, and damage food stores with their urine and droppings.

  2. Some species of rodents can transmit human diseases.

  3. Rodents can damage property, including clothing and structures, through burrowing and gnawing. If this occurs with electrical wires, a fire can result.

​Common rodents and animal control Include

Rat Pest Control

Rats are widespread throughout North America, they breed year round and produce around 20 young annually. By nature, rats are nocturnal including domesticated pet rats. The two most common species of rats are the Black Rat and the Norway Rat (Common Rat). Both species are found in all parts of the world. There are several ways to differentiate the two; Black Rats are usually smaller and light in build than Norway Rats, with longer tails compared to their body size. Norway Rats will tend to have smaller ears and eyes.

Mice Pest Control

A common nuisance pest, mice are known for burrowing into wall spaces, damaging property and ruining food supplies. Of course, mice are sometimes domesticated, and some people find them adorable. But make no mistake: a free mouse has a voracious appetite and will go out of its way to find food. The most common mice invaders are deer mice and house mice. Deer mice have dark brown or reddish brown fur and large ears flanking big, black eyes. House mice have smaller anatomical features and a lighter shade of brown or gray fur. Both are much smaller than other rodent pests like Norway rats. Unfortunately, waste products are not a reliable indicator of which type of mouse is in your home. Both types have smooth droppings with pointed ends about 3 to 6 mm in length. The Dangers Of Mice Because deer mice are known carriers of Hantavirus, which causes the extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, you shouldn’t take any chances with handling mouse carcasses or droppings. Trust the professionals at Griffin Pest Solutions to remove mice from your home. There are plenty of reasons for doing so:

  1. Mice waste products can transmit pathogens for human diseases like salmonella food poisoning, rickettsial pox, meningitis, ringworm, and dermatitis.
  2. Mice will chew and gnaw through walls, baseboards, and other materials to create access tunnels through your home. If they chew through electrical wires, a fire could result.
  3. The mousy odor they carry, not to mention the smell of urine and droppings, is highly unpleasant.


Many of the bird species in Australia are good to have around, thanks to their attractive plumage and mesmerising birdsong. However, when a large number of birds flock together in a roosting site, it can lead to serious consequences such as:

  1. Contamination of raw materials and finished goods, causing revenue losses.
  2. Birds can cause property damage by dislodging roof tiles, blocking guttering system with their nests and leaving droppings that corrode building material.
  3. Safety risks to employees and customers – slippery bird droppings may cause slip and fall accidents.
  4. Suspension of business and audit failures due to poor hygiene sighted during inspection.
  5. Food contamination that may lead to business closure/ suspension by public health authorities.
  6. Negative impact on business image and reputation.
  7. Awful sight of bird droppings can discourage potential customer from patronising.
  8. Bird droppings may fall on customers, resulting in negative reviews from the bad experience and potentially complaints.
  9. Birds can become aggressive and attack the employees or customers, especially during their breeding season when they are defending their young.
FACT: One of the reasons why pigeons flock together in large numbers is to protect themselves against predators, such as cats, rats and dogs. Bird Control Solutions While most birds in their natural environment are perfectly harmless, birds can host more than 60 transmittable diseases, including salmonellosis, encephalitis and cryptococcosis. Besides posing potential danger to people’s health, they can also put your business at risk. The key in getting rid of bird infestation is early detection and effective bird deterrent methods by an expert pest controller.


Possums are marsupials which are active at night and have become well-adapted to urban environments. There are 23 different possum species found in Australia and are a beautiful part of our native fauna. The common brushtail possum is the second largest of the possum species. Where do possums live? Possums live in trees. However, due to the growth in urban areas, there has been a significant loss of their natural habitat. This forces them to take up residence in cavities inside and in between buildings and in roof voids. You can also find them scouring through waste and compost bins in search for food, creating an overnight mess on your property. This is why the need for possum control is growing. When are possums active? Possums are nocturnal. This is why their screeches and pattering of feet are mostly heard at night. Why are possums troublesome? Possums can feed on the vegetables, fruit, flowers and new plants in or near gardens. Male brushtail possums can become a nuisance with their loud, rough-sounding calls. They also give off a strong smell which can create anxiety for some. Dogs sometimes become nervous if there are possums nearby, and incessant barking can be stressful for the people around them. Possums can also affect your home structurally. If holes appear in your roof, possums are able to crawl in and potentially trap themselves. In addition, possums have been known to dislodge tiles and bend sheets of iron gaining access to roofs, causing secondary damage from water entering the roof cavity and internal area of the home during a downpour.

Rodent Control

There are many reasons for businesses, organisations and home owners to control rodents:

  • Prevent damage: rodents can damage buildings and their fittings such as electrical wiring and plumbing, packaging and goods such as clothing and furniture.

  • Prevent and eliminate contamination: almost every type of food in storage or processing is subject to rodent attack or contamination.

  • Prevent disease: rodents can carry a large number of diseases that affect humans and animals, both farm animals and pets.

  • Conform with the law: national and international laws and regulations require control of rodents in property and ships, including for health and safety. Failure to comply can lead to prosecution.

  • Prevent financial loss: caused by damage to goods, compensation, litigation and loss of trade.

  • Prevent loss of reputation and goodwill: the presence of rodents on commercial premises and damaged goods are unacceptable to other businesses and the public.

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