Friday, November 10, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Did You Know?

With Mayor Julie Hall

The increased temperatures of our warmer months bring with them a surge in rodent numbers and activity throughout the region.

The Whitsundays is home to around five native and non-native rodent species. Whilst rodents are part of our natural environment, issues can arise when their population numbers increase above normal levels.

All rodents pose a public health risk as they are capable of transmitting diseases to humans, such as Salmonellosis and Leptospirosis. They do this by contaminating food with fur, droppings, and urine, resulting in food spoilage and poisoning. Rodents can also spread fleas or ticks which can harm pets and humans and can also damage electrical wiring around your home, leading to hefty electrical bills and even house fires!

To protect your home from rodents there are several steps you can take, including: removing water sources, maintaining vegetation around your property, removing green waste and litter from your property, sealing, and covering holes or gaps in exterior walls, engaging a pest control service at least once a year and making sure all drains are covered with a plug or grate.

For more information or to discuss a particular rodent situation, please contact Council's Environmental heath team on 1300 972 753.

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