Rodents Control Services in Ethiopia

rodents control services in Ethiopia is our profession as a company because they are very destructive and contaminate buildings. Rats and mice urinate often, creating stains and offensive odors. A single rodent will produce about 25,000 feces droppings in a year. They also do damage to electrical wiring by chewing off the insulation. It is estimated that 25% of fires, of an unknown origin, are caused by rats.

rodents:- live off man and give nothing beneficial in return. They spread disease, damage structures and contaminate food. Rats damage one-fifth of the world's food crop each year. The real damage is in contamination. One pair of rats shed more than one million body hairs each year and a single rat leaves 25,000 droppings in a year. They transmit many diseases, including: Murine typhus fever, rat bite fever, salmonellas or bacterial food poisoning, viral diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, and many other diseases. Norway rats can also carry the rabies virus. Fleas from infected rats can also transmit the plague. Rodent feces are the cause for the fatal Hantavirus. The Hantavirus has been found locally in mice droppings. Rats memorize their environment by body and muscle movement alone. When objects are removed from their territory, rats will continue to move around them as if the objects where still there. They are highly suspicious of new items in their environment. This is important to know when treating for rodent infestations. Successful control depends on proper identification of the different species. Norway and roof rats differ in size, habits, food preferences and regions. Techniques that eliminate one species may not eliminate the other. Rats visit fewer food sites than mice. However, rats eat much more at each site than mice

Types of rodents

1. HOUSE MOUSE :- House mice breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. This common rodent feeds on seeds, fruits, insects, dog food, grains, and other human food. House mice are known as quick runners, climbers, jumpers and swimmers, but rarely travel more than 50 feet from their shelters.

  • Length: 2 1/2″ – 3 3/4″
  • Residential Location: They nest in dark and secluded areas, often build nests in paper products, clutter, insulation, and fabrics. They like to live in and around structures for convenient shelter and access to food.
  • Random/Interesting Fact:Mice are color blind and females give birth to an average of six babies up to six times a year.
  • Identification: Mice are usually a dusty gray color with a cream colored belly.

2. ROOF RAT :- Roof Rats are found mostly in the upper parts of buildings and ships. They are excellent climbers. One female rat can have up to 40 babies in a year. They are also known as “Black Rat” or “Ship Rat”. Roof rats are slightly smaller than Norway Rats, with their tails longer than their heads and bodies combined!
  • Length: 6″ – 8″
  • Residential Location: They live in colonies above, under, in and around structures.
  • Random/Interesting Fact:Roof rats forage for food in groups of 10. They return to the same food source time after time.
  • Identification: They are brown or black with gray, white, or black undersides.

3. NORWAY RAT :- They can cause damage to properties and structure through gnawing. Norway rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails. They build burrows close to one another. Litter sizes vary greatly. They eat almost anything and can grow to scary sizes. When you read in the news about gigantic rats found near a structure, it’s likely a Norway Rat.
  • Length: 7″ – 10″
  • Residential Location: They build burrows close to water and food sources. This could be under or behind appliances, inside walls, or anywhere else.
  • Random/Interesting Fact:Norway rats came from overseas to Ethiopia. Many of these rats came to Ethiopia through ships from Europe.
  • Identification: They are brown with scattered black hair, with gray to white undersides.

4. DEER MOUSE :- eer mice are nocturnal creatures that generally live in rural areas with a lot of vegetation. They tend to make their nests out of plant material and live in individual home ranges. Deer mice are very active throughout the year. Their feet are modified for running and climbing.
  • Length: 2″ – 13″
  • Residential Location: While they prefer rural areas such as fence posts and log piles, they often wander inside garages and outdoor sheds during the winter months.
  • Random/Interesting Fact:Deer mice are often used in laboratory experiments as they are generally clean and easy to care for.
  • Identification:Deer mice have prominent ears and long tails. Their tails are often half white and half brown. Males often weigh more and are longer than females.

What damage is caused by rat infestations in warehouses?

Warehouses storing agricultural commodity are particularly vulnerable to infestation. The agricultural commodity industry faces a high risk of contamination and damage caused by rats. These rodents will gnaw at seeds and grains leaving them unsuitable for human consumption. Further, the fasces and urine left by rats contaminate the food and make it harmful for use as it can cause severe health ailments. Even the agricultural commodity stored in packets and pp bags are not safe as rats can easily gnaw the packets,pp bags and poison the contents.

Apart from commodity item , rats will also cause damage to the warehouses by gnawing at papers, files, and wires. Gnawed, exposed wires can be a dangerous fire hazard, starting electrical fires and causing serious damage to the property and humans. Rat infestations can completely ruin all the stored stock in warehouses leading to severe financial losses that ruin businesses.