Rat is Visiting Your Backyard? You might be startled to learn that the dreadful rat you’ve spotted scurrying about your lawn isn’t all that dreadful. The Rats you don’t want in your garden and home
The black rat (Rattus rattus)
- Don’t be deceived by their name, the black rat (Rattus rattus). They’re hardly seldom black; instead, they’re frequently brown!
- The size of their tail, which is frequently equal to or longer than the rat’s body, distinguishes them.
- They have a slim physique, a pointed snout, and huge ears.
Which type of Rat is Visiting Your Backyard?
Norway rat or brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)
- They may grow to be fairly huge, reaching a length of up to 40cm.
- Their tail is shorter than their body.
- They have a bigger body, a blunt snout, and tiny ears than the Black Rat.
Why are they unwelcomed?
- They pose a menace to our local wildlife and flora because they were brought by European invaders.
- Round worm and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis are among the parasites and viruses they can carry (LCM)
- They are excellent climbers, capable of scaling buildings and drain pipes, as well as jumping long distances.
- They may damage your insulation, gnaw through floor joists and walls, and cause fires by chewing on electrical lines while inside and around your home.
The rats that are welcomed
- Bandicoot is a character from the video game Bandicoo (Perameles)
- These adorable little fellows are sometimes mistaken for rats!
- They have long, pointed snouts, a compact body, a long, thin tail, and are roughly rabbit size.
- Their pregnancy is 12.5 days long!
- Because they’re nocturnal, you’ll mostly observe them darting around at night (and in chocolate form at Easter in Australian supermarkets)
- They are not a threat to our fauna as a native species, but they are frequently preyed upon by big birds, foxes, snakes, and feral cats.
Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes)
- These little indigenous are sometimes mistaken for rats!
- They’re grey-brown in colour, with round ears and a short tail, and can reach a length of 20cm.
- They like to reside in the deep forest understory, burrowing in small tunnels under logs or rocks with grass lining their nests.
How to keep unwelcomed rats at bay
You may do a few things about the house to keep undesirable visitors away. To learn more, go to our Rodent control service page.
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