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Rats & Mice
They send a shiver up you’re spine, and can cause you sleepless nights.
Not only are they efficient in spreading disease but most of the damage caused by them goes on behind the scenes, only revealing itself when its too late! 7% of household fires and 50% farm fires have been directly linked to rodent damage.
The word ‘Rat’ in particular, has dirty connotations that people understandably want to avoid. All to often I hear people fob off noises in their house or droppings on the doorstep as other potential candidates, but the reality is with a population of at least120 million in the UK the chances are far higher than you think.
In winter we see a 30-40% increase in mice and rat call outs as the rodents, look to take shelter in warmer climates be it loft space, warehouse storage or under kitchen worktops. Squeezing through the smallest of gaps, they are on the look out for a constant food supply and a warm abode.
Here are few steps you can take to prevent rats and mice frequenting your home and business.
- Block gaps in brickwork
- Explore grates, bristle-grip or covers for drainage and vents, the size of exposed holes particularly in older buildings could be the optimum entrance route
- Remove the source of food- secure litter bins, tidy up debris left on floors and surfaces.
- Tidy out warehouses, cupboards and loft space regularly.
Urban and rural environments are both exposed to rodent attack, however locations near streams, fields, warehouses, food stores and farms are typically the most common. An on-going pest management service is almost always advised as it is proven that once a problem has been detected, the chances of it recurring again are greatly increased.
There are three treatments to rats & mice and they include live traps, break back traps and rodenticides. Certain environments and industries will determine the method used due to legislations in place and we would discuss with you the best options available.