Don't let rodents into your home or business this autumn26 September 2017
As the days get shorter and the weather colder, rodents start looking for a warm home to spend the winter in. The best control, as with all pests, is to do what you can to avoid them becoming a nuisance in the first place.
Rodents can cause a lot of damage to homes, gardens and businesses. From destroying furniture, chewing through wires and cables to spreading disease.
Spotting the signs of an infestation
Rats and mice are most active at night during the night therefore it is often easier to spot the signs of an infestation than the actual animals. You might find their droppings or marks they leave as they travel along favourite routes, you may hear scratching noises at night, find holes (they dig extensive burrow systems); also watch out for teeth marks (rodents need to gnaw continuously to keep their teeth short). They will use whatever soft material is available to them to make a nest - including loft insulation, cardboard, so keep a look out for shredded material.
Keep rodents away
Preventing the problems rodents cause can be easier than trying to control an infestation. Here are few steps that could save you from the problems rodents can cause:
- Rodents are attracted to a property if they can detect potential food sources. Keep foodstuffs in containers with tight fitting lids.
- Don’t throw scraps of food outside and make sure all food waste is securely wrapped and always stored in the appropriate bin.
- Repair any small holes in brickwork and holes in outside walls, floorboards or skirting boards.
- Tidy cupboards and remove any potential nesting material. Rodents will use any soft material such as loft insulation and cardboard.
- Keep your home or business tidy. The less clutter there is the fewer places they have to hide.
- Clean up any waste pet food or bird seed debris regularly. Store these items in containers with fitted lids and preferably above ground level.
- Keep gardens free from debris and clutter.
- Don't put food waste in your compost bins. This is sure to attract mice and rats.
- Do act quickly and call in the professionals to prevent a larger infestation developing.
If you have already spotted signs of rats or mice such as droppings, it may already be too late to prevent an infestation. Call in the professionals as soon as you can. Don’t give the pests a chance to breed and become a major infestation. Only a professional rodent control programme can provide reassuring protection from the risk of rats and mice on your premises.
If you think you have a rodent infestation please call us now on 0800 980 9609 and speak to our experts about our fast, effective rodent control treatments. With our many years of experience we have an in-depth knowledge of rats and mice and how to deal with them.