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RATS

  • There are currently over 60 species of rats in Australia, and they occupy a wide range of the habitats across the country. The majority of these are native species; however two rats (Black Rat and Brown Rat) are introduced species that have rapidly adjusted to Australian conditions.
  • The widespread and abundant Black Rat (or Roof Rat, responsible for London's Bubonic Plague in 1665), is a commensal rodent that is usually found in disturbed or degraded environments. It is the rat most commonly observed in cities and towns, and is often responsible for the infestation of houses, sheds, warehouses and storages.
  • Rats behave differently to mice with there feeding patterns, rats eat from only a few spots and do not venture to far from the nest.
  • An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a 20 cent piece.
  • Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.
  • Rats can reporduce at an alarming rate given the right conditions 
  • The Black and Brown rats, together with about six native rats, have a rapid life-strategy based on high birth rates, short life-spans and high death rates.
  • The large litters (up to 12 per litter) are born at a young age (approximately 21 day gestation), have minimal parental care, and are independent at an early age (21 days until weaned). These individuals are generally sexually mature and ready to breed at around 10 weeks.
  • These rats are capable of producing ten or more young every three weeks under ideal conditions. This breeding base can lead to rapid overpopulation and allows them to exploit optimal conditions, causing damage in cropping situations if population numbers become high.
  • Rats have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, concrete blocks, wire, aluminum and lead.
  • Smell, taste, touch and sound help direct them to their food sources.
  • Rats have poor eye sight and depend on there other senses
  • Rats are scavengers. They have an excellent sense of taste and a good memory.
  • A rat can identify certain substances, including rat poisons, after just a tiny taste of it.
  • Most rats are granivorous (primarily seed-eaters), with an herbivorous diet the next most common form.
  • Generally, rats are omnivores and will consume a range of food items depending on availability.

Prevention

Rats are opportunistic and once a food source is found will begin to return ever so frequently usually at night.

  • Rats will eat almost anything, so keep your homes clean and don’t leave food out.
  • Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
  • Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
  • Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

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