Pest Control


 Rats and Mice are changing their behaviour during COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues its destructive march, decimating economies and claiming hundreds of thousands of lives, rats and mice are being forced into the open as they search for food. 

Why are Rodents Changing Behaviour? 

One of rodents’ main food supplies is being impacted as restaurants shut up shop and reduce their trade. As they seek out new food sources, rats, who are ordinarily nocturnal, have been photographed in daylight and ripping into plastic bags.

In May the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the rodents may turn “aggressive” as they are forced to quickly adapt.  They even predicted an increase in service call outs as they cross paths with humans.

As rats and mice are known to carry 35 diseases that can be passed on to both pets and humans, this is not great. In addition to spreading disease, they can also carry disease-ridden ticks, fleas and mites, cause major structural damage to buildings with their sharp teeth, and contaminate food with their droppings. Again, not great. 

 We understand pest control may not be at the top of your priorities during a pandemic, but we encourage everyone to start keeping an eye out for signs of rodent infestations as getting rid of the pests can be time-consuming and expensive.


Our friends at Dubbo pest control company Pest Alert,  have given us a list of signs to look out for:

  • Scratching, gnawing and squeaking in walls.
  • Heightened excitement in pets, such as dogs and cats. 
  • Gnawing damage. 
  • Droppings 12 – 18 mm long. 
  • Borrow holes around buildings. 
  • Debris such as empty snail shells, nibbled fruits or bones left in secluded spots. 
  • Rub or tail marks on beams. 
  • Foot prints. 

If any of these signs hit a little close to home, it’s best to call pest control straight up. They have the means to assess the level of infestation and develop an appropriate response. 


How to tell if you have bedbugs?


If you’re lying down in bed and you feel itchy for no good reason, you may think that’s a sign that you have bedbugs – and it can be, but these small bites from bedbugs can look the same as bites from other small insects. It can also look like hives, or even rashes. There are also a lot of people that don’t even show any physical reaction to bites from bedbugs at all.

To really tell if you have bedbugs, it would go a long way to regularly check your mattress (and bedframe) as part of your cleaning routine. This way, you can surely spot signs that you have bedbugs living with you.

Unexplained stains


If you find stains on your mattress, sheets and pillowcases and you don’t know where or how these stains could have come from, then one possible explanation is that these could be blood from bedbugs that have been unknowingly crushed by anyone sleeping on your bed – or, even a more unpleasant thought, these stains may even be fecal matter from bedbugs.

Make sure you thoroughly check your mattress, the sides, any lining, any zipper area or tags, any nooks and crannies they could squeeze into. You’ll also want to check the bedframe itself including the headboard.

Bedbugs are tiny, no more than the size of an apple seed. They’re brown in color, which changes to a reddish hue when they’ve fed, and they also look swollen – the more blood they’ve fed on, the more swollen they get.

If you see what looks to be tiny cracks from eggshells on your bed, that could be from their eggs, and small yellow flakes may be shed skin from bedbugs.

Bedbugs are not only found on your bed – as mentioned, they can be found on the actual bed frame, and they especially like hiding in cracks in wooden frames. Aside from the bed area, they can be on couches and cushions, chairs, even curtains. In heavily infested rooms, they can even be found in electrical receptacles and various appliances, even in wall hangings and loose wallpaper – where they’ll have to travel from to feed off of you.

While bedbugs like human blood, they have been known to feed on other smaller animals like dogs and cats too.

If you travel a lot and stay in different hotels and motels, you may want to check for signs of bedbugs there too, because then you’ll carry a risk of bringing them with you when you leave.


Contributed by: Watchdog Pest Control – Foremost Experts in Bed Bug Remediation and Pest Management.

Watchdog Pest Control
3542 East Altadena Avenue
Phoenix, Az. 85028

(602) 842-5290