Rodent Facts & Health Risks

Rodents like rats and mice may lurk around your home or office, looking for their next meal. These sneaky intruders can invade almost any area, so it is essential to keep an eye out for regions with regular food supplies, such as kitchens, canteens, and pantries.

Tom’s Pest Control can provide high-quality rodent prevention solutions to keep your environment clean and tidy. Contact us today for effective, affordable rodent control solutions in Brisbane.

Why Remove Rats & Mice from Your Property?

Rodents can spread many diseases like salmonella and Hantavirus that are dangerous to your health. They can also harm your property by chewing on electrical wiring, wood, and insulation. Additionally, their urine and droppings can contaminate food and cause poisoning. This makes it essential to adopt effective measures to eliminate rodents from your property completely.

Rodent infestations can be detected early by a strong smell, bite marks on the walls and kitchen, and rodent droppings throughout the house.

If the infestation level is high, you might hear unusual sounds from your roof or other rooms. In addition, you may find damaged food packages in your home.

Preventing rodents from getting into your home is possible by removing food sources, water, and other things that shelter them. It is recommended to keep food and water stored in rodent-proof containers.

All leftover pet food must be removed immediately from the bowls as this can attract mice and rats. Also, leaving leftover food on the kitchen counter overnight isn’t recommended. Instead, you should store the food in airtight boxes and keep it in the refrigerator.

Moreover, your home’s indoor and outdoor areas must be cleaned regularly. Also, the garbage bins inside or outside your property must be closed with a tight lid to prevent attracting rodents.

Rodents can cause structural damage to your property by chewing on various materials like wood, paper, clothing, etc. For example, it is common for rats and mice to gnaw into upholstered furniture to create a nest that may be difficult to find. They may also chew on electrical wires, leading to short circuits and fire.

Many properties have plastic pipes, and rodents will likely chew on them and cause flooding. If mice are present in your garden, they may dig up and feed on crops, thus damaging them before harvesting.

Common Rodent Pest Species


Norway Rat

The Norway rat (also known as the common rat) is the largest rodent species. These rats are brown and live for about 9 to 12 months. They are most active at night and have high-pitched voices. These rats consume anything, including plants and animal matter.



This rodent species, also known as the black mouse, is tiny. They have grey, brown, or black fur and a pointed nose. They also have pink feet and a life span like Norway rats. These rats are frequently found near coastal areas, and because they can climb high, they can quickly enter roof spaces and buildings. Roof rats eat various foods, including cereals, grains, and fruits.


House Mouse

This species is small and has a life expectancy of 12 months. They can be found both indoors and outdoors. They are often found in offices and homes because they like to be close to people. Their large, thick ears and brown fur are typical. They eat various foods, including grains, fruits and animal feed.

Trust Us for Effective Rodent Removal

Have you found damaged food packages in your home or heard unusual sounds? If yes, this could be a sign to get your property inspected by the pest control experts at Tom’s Pest Control. Call us now to book the best pest control services in Brisbane.