The most common rodent pests in Australia are the Norway rat, Roof rat and the House mouse. These animals are well adapted to living in very close association with humans, sharing their food and shelter. Rats and mice are responsible for enormous losses of foods, damage to equipment and property through their gnawing and the spread of disease.
Rats and mice in buildings pose a serious health threat to human health due to their ability to transmit diseases to humans by a variety of means. Hence, it is not surprising that many countries adopt legislation at reducing levels of infestation. Over the years Pest Control technicians have spent much energy in trying to control these very cunning and often cautious pests.
Effective rodent control relies on the Pest Control Technician choosing the best method for the situation. This may include using products for the rodent to ingest, bait boxes or sticky boards. This treatment works inconjunction with good sanitation to reduce the food and shelter for the rodents and altering the building structure so rodents cannot gain entry.
(Gerozisis & Hadlington, 1995)