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Rats. No matter if you find the creatures utterly disgusting or not, seeing one running around your home is never a pleasant experience. With that being said, did you know that the chance of that rat-looking rodent taking a walk in your kitchen not being a rat is pretty big? Yup – there are plenty of marsupials in Australia and other rodents that you can easily confuse for the creature.
In this article, we are going to list the most common Australian marsupials that look like rats, their visual and behavioural characteristics, and also other critters that you can confuse the rodent with.
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You won’t believe how much some Australian marsupials and rodents can look like your typical rat. Still, if you take a closer look, you’ll definitely see the differences – not only in terms of appearance but also in behaviour. Besides just understanding what you are potentially dealing with, figuring out if you have a rat in your property or another type of rodent-like animal is genuinely important – some small Australian marsupials are protected.
If you’ve seen an antechinus in your home and mistaken it for a rat, we don’t blame you – this crutter really does resemble one. However, they are many differences, if you know what to look for:
Many people confuse this type of small marsupial with a house mouse. However, as you can see, there is a difference between an antechinus and a mouse. Also – antechinuses are native species and are protected, which means that they can’t be subjected to pest control.
While common dunnarts share many visual characteristics with rats, there are parts of their bodies that are very distinguishable. Here is more about the rat-like marsupial:
The common dunnart is a native small-rat like marsupial. This specific type is not considered endangered, however, the fat-tailed dunnart is protected and should not be treated as a pest.
Known as very old members of the kangaroo family, long-nosed potoroos share a lot in common with rats in terms of looks. However, there are many visual indicators that can help you tell them apart. Below you’ll find the main ones:
Long-nosed potoroos are native and considered vulnerable. This means that pest control is not an option.
Many people confuse house mice with young rats due to similar visual traits. Needless to say, there are many dissimilarities between the two types of animals. Here is what you need to know about the house mouse:
House mice originate from India. It is well-known fact that these small critters can inflict a lot of damage to a property and spread diseases. If you find signs of the vermin in your home, get it inspected by a pest control technician ASAP.
Now that we’ve covered all of the common Australian marsupials and rodents that look like rats, it’s time to talk about the rat themselves.
Black rats are not native to Australia – they come from India and Southeast Asia, and are considered a pest. The animal can be very dangerous both to your health and property, so if you spot one in your home, make sure to act fast.
Due to its colouring, the brown rat can be confused with some small Australian marsupials. Here is what to watch out for if suspect that you have one living in your property:
Brown rats aren’t native to Australia – their homeland is China. This type of rodent is considered a dangerous pest, which can spread nasty diseases to humans and inflict serious property damage.
Last on our list is the bush rat. As its name can already tell you, this furry “friend” has an interesting home choice. Continue reading to learn how to distinguish the critter from other rodents and marsupials:
Bush rats are native to Australia and, interestingly enough, are not considered pests.
So, if you’ve discovered that you are indeed dealing with a rat infestation, and now you are wondering how to get rid of the invaders, we’ve got your answer:
The best thing that you can do in a situation like this one is to hire a professional exterminator to remove the rodent for you. We, at Fantastic Services, offer effective pest control treatments that are performed by highly experienced and trained technicians. The service is easy to schedule, budget-friendly, and will save you the nightmare of trying to clear your property from the pest yourself.
Depending on the size and severity of the infestation, we can perform a one-time treatment or organise you multiple ones – whatever the case, we’ll do everything possible to rid your home or business from the nasty vermin in a discreet manner.
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Don't postpone, contact a pest controller ASAP.