You are sound asleep in bed and suddenly it sounds like there is a herd of elephants having a party in your roof and walls. Well, just in case you weren’t sure, I can reassure you it is normally only rats and mice aka vermin!
With the cooler months being here, we tend to rug up to keep warm and this is exactly what vermin do by coming into your home to get away from the cold. They build a nest and then commence breeding.
Vermin like to nibble through electrical cables in your roof void and walls which can cause you to lose lighting and power. These little critters can also cause damage to your computer, tv’s, stereo, sound systems, smoke detectors and electrical appliances.
- In a single year, one female mouse can breed up to 10 litters of 5 to 6 young.
- These 60 offsprings can begin to reproduce in as little as 6 weeks.
- Mice have an average life span of 9 – 12 months.
- A mouse can slip through holes 6mm – 8mm wide
- A mouse can jump up to 320mm from a floor or other surface. They can also swim, run along wires, cables and ropes.
- A female rat can have 6 litters up to 12 young per year.
- These 72 offsprings can begin to reproduce within 3 months of birth.
- Rats can live up to 18 months.
- Rat can enter a building through a gap as small as 12mm in diameter.
- Rats are strong swimmers and will climb in order to access food, water and shelter.