Easter Egg Hunt Warning
Why hiding easter eggs could lead to a rodent problem
It is a common occurrence around easter where families and schools hide easter eggs for the great easter egg hunt of the year, eggs are tossed into the grass, around gardens, in school playgrounds and at parks for the kids to go and find.
However, what happens to the eggs are that are not found?
They are often left behind and become an easy food source for pests.
Rats are one pest that functions as a scavenger.
A scavenger are animals that feed on dead organisms, they do play an important role in the ecosystem as they begin the process of eradicating waste before the decomposition stage.
Rats are omnivores which means they will eat basically anything and everything, and unfound easter eggs, especially real eggs that have been dyed are certainly on the menu.
Many customs around the world actually use real eggs that have been dyed pretty colours for the easter egg hunt, and when left out rot within a few days which release the unmistaken smell of rotten eggs.
As rats and mice have a strong sense of smell, it does not take them long to realise there is a meal ahead. Once they have discovered where the smell was coming from, they tend to stick around where there is an easy access to food.
Protect yourself, your family, and pets
Why rodents are attracted to your house
Rats and mice are warm blooded animals, so they prefer to live in warm places. This is why during the winter months; most people realise they have a rodent issue as rats and mice come inside to get away from the cold.
Once an ample supply of food is found such as:
- Pet food
- Bird seed
- Unsecured bins
They would have discovered their very own charcuterie board and will stick around!
Once mice and rats have decided on a place to set up home, they will look for areas where they can create their nests.
Did you know – 1 single female mouse can have up to 56 pups per year and an adult female rat can have up to 40 pups per year.
Knowing this information, you can see why it is important for immediate action to prevent a full infestation.
Tips to protect your home
- Keep garbage bins closed
- Store firewood away from the house
- Trim shrubs & bushes
- Cut back over hanging tree branches
- Don’t leave food out
- Seal all possible entrance points
If you suspect you have a rodent problem its best to get in touch with Sydneys Best Pest Control
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