Rat race: Trevor Bathie from Amalgamated Pest Control warns Tweed residents about a rodent infestation.
Rat race: Trevor Bathie from Amalgamated Pest Control warns Tweed residents about a rodent infestation. Crystal Spencer

Dirty rodents to descend on Tweed

LARGE numbers of rodents are expected to descend on Tweed in the coming weeks with pest experts predicting an increase of 30 per cent following heavy rains.

Trevor Bathie from Amalgamated Pest Control Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads said the rain has led to an increase in rodent food sources and breeding.

“Rodents feed on grasses and seeds which have been in abundant supply this year, allowing mice and rats to breed in significantly greater numbers than in previous years,” Mr Bathie said.

“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 Bathie said rodents are regarded as one of the worst household pests as they are unhygienic and can cause damage to property.

“This can be a very serious problem for those living in these dwellings as rats and mice can transmit diseases such as salmonella, typhus and ring worms.”

Mr Bathie said his team has already responded to a number of rodent calls and expect the enquiries to increase substantially as the weather cools.

“Rodent infestation does not occur only in untidy or dirty locations, but can take place anywhere where there is an entrance for the furry pests,” Mr Bathie said.

“An opening the size of a 10 cent piece is enough for mice to sneak through and once they take hold they can be hard to get rid of.”

Amalgamated Pest Control’s regional manager for New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Daryl Collins, said Tweed residents have already noticed the rise in rodent numbers.

“Our offices in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads have been inundated with calls from people worried about the number of rats and mice in and around their homes,” Mr Collins said.

“Homeowners are encouraged to be on the lookout for potential entrances or nesting areas, and eliminate any potential food sources from their kitchens, pantries, unsealed bins, or dead fruit from trees.”



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