While ants are difficult to spot and nearly impossible to hear, rats and mice are perhaps the opposite. If they get into a building, they’ll keep returning while spreading disease, gnawing through wires, and causing all sorts of other problems.
In Thailand, rats are known to spread a number of diseases but none more so than Leptospirosis. Not only are rats a nuisance, they’re also common carriers of ticks, fleas, and mites.
Why Rats and Mice Cause Issues
For businesses especially, there are four issues these rodents can cause;
Damage – Firstly, they can chew through wires and short circuit a whole building (something that’s expensive to fix!).
Health Problems – As carriers of disease, rats can cause illness to all employees and visitors; some businesses have been forced to close.
Loss of Custom – As a customer, would you choose a business to look after your insurance (or any other need) if you saw a rat scurrying across the office? What about while you were eating in a restaurant?
Financial Concern – Losing customers, replacing equipment, and causing illness in staff, financial concerns can also arise from product recalls.
Sometimes, rats in the garden can be just as dangerous because these are spots enjoyed by pets and children regularly.
Signs of an Infestation
How do you spot the signs of an infestation from these nocturnal creatures?
Noises – Ever heard scurrying and scratching that you can’t attribute to anything else? Especially with black rats or roof rats, these are commonly heard because they scurry around the loft space. On the other hand, brown rats prefer to stay on the ground and their teeth make a grinding noise (called ‘bruxing’).
Droppings – Rats can be very clever about coming out of hiding when all is quiet, but their droppings give them away. Often compared to a brown grain of rice, a single rat can produce 40 droppings every single night.
Damage – Did you know that the incisors on rats never stop growing? To wear the teeth down, they have to gnaw on things which can cause damage to wood and plastic. In addition to harmless items like food packaging, they’ve been known to gnaw through live wires and cause fires.
Footprints – Behind appliances and in dusty areas of buildings, you may be able to see some footprints. Don’t worry, we aren’t assuming your home has ‘dusty areas’, you can experiment with talc or flour for evidence of an infestation.
Nests and Burrows – For brown rats, they like to dig and bury themselves under the surface. With a small burrow in the garage or under the shed/decking, they can nest, have shelter, and store food.
Alternatively, rats can gather plastics, fabrics, and newspaper to build a nest. In a space near their food source, the nest could house younger rats behind fridges/freezers and other appliances.
Rub Marks – Finally, rats actually have terrible eyesight which is why they stick to skirting boards and walls. If you look along these areas, you might just find dirt and grease that has rubbed off from their coat. Of course, you can’t go jumping to conclusions with this one because rub marks can come from anywhere (and you’ll convince yourself that old marks are fresh!).
If you spot multiple signs and need an expert eye, we recommend getting help as soon as possible because mice and rats can cause significant issues (as we’ve already seen!).
Have you seen signs of Rats & Mice?
Call Pest Control Pattaya immediately on 099 272 8323.