Less notable historically in western society, but devastating for the countries infected is the vector transmission of Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF) which is from the same family of diseases as ebola. It affects Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Central African Republic with 200,000 – 300,000 cases annually and approximately 5000 deaths each year.
Worldwide there are 35 different diseases which mice and rats can harbour and in some of those cases the rats are asymptomatically colonised which means they show no signs of illness.
Disease’s transmitted by rats appear to be on the rise currently specifically with the increase of ownership of mice, rats and other types of rodents. Here is a news article from 2010 which outlines this problem http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-06-01/pet-rats-may-harbour-deadly-fever/850446 .
You may not know however that state legislation and often council bylaws require property owners to firstly prevent vermin from harbouring in their homes as it is a health and safety issue and to take reasonable steps to prevent vermin from entering their homes.
There are a large number of aftermarket rat traps on the market today which you can purchase to kill one rat or mouse at a time from the old fashion spring traps, if you like being woken up to a squealing commotion in the middle of the night to be left to finish the job, to claimed humane box traps which still leave you with the job of dispatching after they are caught.
There is also rat bait pellets which are common in the farming sector. Pet owners are terrified of using them. The problem with poison pellets is they are hazardous to all mammals so your pets and children are also at risk when you use them, the small size of the pellets means they are often scattered or transported by the rats or mice which means you might put them safely away but they may not stay that way. Additionally the chemical ingredients are so strong that the rat or mouse will almost instantly know that something is wrong and start urinating all over the place and seeking out water, often this leads to a dead rat in your roof or wall cavity which can be problematical and expensive to remove.
Ever found Rat faeces on your BBQ plate when you go to use it, sort of puts you off slapping on a big steak now doesn’t it. You can see the faeces but you don’t know what has been going on there, they could have urinated there, mated there, it really doesn’t bare thinking about. Apart from being a lesson that you should clean your BBQ after you use it this is also a good example of an application of a bait box, placing a bait box as an alternative food source in your entertaining area will decrease your local rodent population over time and help prevent your steak having sides the next time you go to cook.
Vermin bait boxes as pictured here give a safer alternative which takes care of itself. They are filled by your pest inspector and then topped up as needed. The benefits of these devices are;
- The poison bait is contained and securely pinned into the box behind a convoluted path so the rat or mouse has to eat it in place.
- The Bait is designed to attract rats and mice not cats and dogs and the bait is secured in the box where your pets can’t access them.
- Each box requires a special key to open so inquisitive little people can’t, within reason, get them open.
- Active ingredients in the baits are set at a concentration which allows the rat or mouse to feed without the sudden reaction of the pellets. The rat or mouse starts to slowly feel unwell and retreats to its nest where it dies greatly reducing the risk of vermin dying in your roof or wall cavity.
If you would like to know more about vermin control your Pest Bully technician is only a phone call away and always ready to help!