Rodents and the Health Risk They Pose

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odents constitute to 40% of all the mammal species found in all the continents except Antarctica thereby making them the largest group of mammals. Rodents have been living on this planet for more than 56 million years now. Rats are also well known as hidden housemates. They have managed to set up their homes everywhere with humans.  There are two categories of rats that can infest homes in Australia.  They are Black rats also known as roof rats’ and Brown rats also known as Norway rats.

Black rats – Also known as roof rats or house rats, are the ones with whom we usually have an encounter at our homes. They are omnivorous and they eat about anything when they are hungry enough. They are good climbers thus you can find them in attics, cabinets, ceilings. In order to get water, they will also chew plastic and metal pipes that can lead to major structural damage.

Brown Rats – They are also known as street rats or sewer rats. Norway rats are dangerous as they expose human to diseases.  Brown rats are true omnivores and have a tendency to gnaw almost everything. They are well known to cause some serious damage to structural properties. They tend to return back innumerable times to the place where they find their favourite food.

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