- Three common rodent species are found in Singapore: Norway Rat/Sewer Rat (Rattus norvegicus), Roof Rat (Rattus rattusdiardii) and House mouse (Mus musculus).
- The three species have different characteristics and therefore the approaches to control them.
- Of these, the Norway rat is the most commonly-found species found at food centres, wet markets and bin centres.
- The roof rat prefers the upper parts of dwellings whereas the Norway rat prefers the lower parts or burrows in the ground outside the building.
- Birthrate is about 4-8 litters per year, with 5-12 youngs per litter. Sexual maturity is attained in 2-3 months.
- Their average lifespan is about 1 year.
- A pair of rodents are capable of reproducing about 2,000 offspring in a year!
Signs of infestation: burrows, droppings, runways, gnawing marks, rub marks, sighting of live or dead rodents, rodent sounds, urine stains and rodent odour.
Why Control Them?
- Transmit many human diseases such as plague, leptospirosis, murine typhus, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, etc.
- Consume and contaminate stored food.
- Damage expensive furniture, computers, equipment, machinery parts... etc and cause fire through biting the insulation of electric wire.
- Unhealthy living conditions.
- Devastating to businesses and industries.
- Violation of laws
What we do:
- Conduct systematic inspection to detect rodent infestation.
- A combination of trapping and baiting will be used to reduce rodent infestation.
- Advise client on rodent proofing against infestation and good environmental sanitation, where possible.