The single most crucial group of mammals is a rodent. The majority of non-flying mammals are rodents. There are almost 1,500 existing species. Many people are familiar with mice, rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs, usually kept as pets. Indeed, rodents are one of the most successful mammals across the world. They reproduce rapidly and adaptive. Generally, feed on various sorts of food. We, humans, support their survival by providing food, shelter, and warmth.
Rodents are regularly found all through New Zealand. They are also often transported in containers like by boat and on trucks. A mouse can excrete around 40-100 droppings each day. At the same time, a rat can defecate 20-50 and almost 14 ml of urine. Consequently, there are potential threats of illness and sickness, just like Salmonella. Even in New Zealand, few people die as a result of disease spread by rodents.
Furthermore, rodents bring about the destruction of buildings. They are also a fire risk using electrical wires and plastic insulation. Also, they present an environmental issue by destroying stock and crops. Besides, killing young birds and stealing eggs.
Keep in mind that rodents also carry fleas to transmit worms. Better keep these pests off your home.
There may be more than 1500 rodent species throughout the world. Just like bacteria, they require essentials to survive and reproduce. The food safety dangers presented by rats in food premises are incredibly severe. A few of the organisms with rodents consist of Listeria and Salmonella. Also, rats even carry the bacteria that cause the diseases. Mice mainly urinate and defecate randomly which cause considerable health threats to food and non-food products.
Areas affected by mice and rats can lead to dangers to food safety. A few situations can result in the immediate closure of affected premises. It is essential to make sure that you have robust controls. A few standard safety measures can be taken to protect against an infestation.
Rats can climb horizontal and vertical wiring. They can climb inside vertical pipes, which are about 40 mm to 100 mm in diameter. They may drop 15 meters with no severe injury. Rats can jump horizontally as much as 1.2 meters on a flat surface. They can travel in sewers even against much current flow. They can tread water for about three days.
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Experienced, researched and written by Mr Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.
Published: 6/11/2014 Updated: 25/03/2021