Housing developments to blame for rodent ‘infestation’
INCREASED housing developments across the Ipswich area are reportedly to blame for increased sightings of rodents within residential dwellings.
Belinda Mackie of Redbank Plains spoke exclusively with the Queensland Times this week, revealing an apparent spike in rat sightings at her property over recent weeks.
"It all started a few months ago when one random rat would run across my back fence, but it would always go into my neighbor's yard," she explained.
"But then it started coming out and appearing in my backyard during the day, which I thought was really weird."
Just last week she located one of the rodents underneath her couch, while incessant scratching noises came from her roof.
"It didn't really concern my until a few nights ago when I started to realise they were coming out around my place every night," Ms Mackie said.
"When I saw a rat in my house I also started to get concerned. I don't want them chewing on any wires.
"I'm worried there's going to be a lot more."
Ms Mackie took to social media in recent days, curious to figure out whether others had shared similar experiences.
Daniel Sutcliffe was among many to confirm her fears.
He wrote: "I had one climbing up a window screen chasing geckos a couple of weeks ago. 12 years here and it's the first time seeing one.... the Brisbane scourge seems to be migrating west."
Meanwhile, another user reported seeing about 24 rats at their home.
"We have so many mice in the house is ridiculous i watch them running around everywhere," they wrote.
"I've cleaned drawers out, cupboards out, haven't made it to the shops yet. I'm going to make up a couple of catches."
Unfortunately, it appears Ms Mackie's suspicions of a possible infestation in the area could be proven true.
Redbank Carpet Care and Pest Management owner Dwayne Routledge confirmed a recent spike in call outs to rodent-related jobs in the area.
"I used to do one rodent job every eight to ten weeks," he said.
"I've done three in the last two weeks.
"One was up over the back of Redbank Plains just where they put the new estate in, they're getting inundated with field mice.
"When their vegetation, their habitats keep disappearing, they don't have any other option but to come into the properties."
He said recent wet weather had also likely contributed to the increase.
"Because of how fast field mice breed, once they're in your house then it's a struggle to get them out," Mr Routledge said.
"It's not just Redbank Plains, it's Collingwood Park as well, I've done a few rodent jobs over the last couple of weeks."
He suggested the use of bait stations to alleviate the issue or rat traps for a more humane approach.
"The big problem that we've got, is the more that they're destroying land, the more we're going to get vermin further and further into housing area," he said.
"Make sure to keep around the side of the house cleaned, keep it all mowed and trimmed, clean up all vegetation too."
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