Pest Control News

Friday, 18 September 2015

SGARs and CRRU

Pest control is changing – and it will affect you!

The history of pest control is a chequered one. Some aspects of it, we agree with – for example, trapping and baiting the bacteria spreading rat or the cockroach – other methods we are not so comfortable with, such as hunting and gassing.
However, there needs to be a balance. Without professional pest control in urban and rural settings, the countryside would soon encounter problems and issues, especially as one species would undoubtedly dominate over another.

The rat

A virulent pest, hated and feared in equal measure is the rat. There are all kinds of sayings, including the often quoted ‘fact’ that no one is ever more than 10 feet away from a rat. Whether there is truth in this and what the distance there is between us and a rat is not really known.
Rats are very common. They seem to be able to survive, breed and thrive in the harshest of conditions thus, when they roam in the sewers, gardens and so on of urban homes and buildings, it is no wonder they can grow to a large size with such an abundance of food and shelter.
And this is in spite of professional pest controllers, game keepers, farmers and the home owner using a variety of rat poisons over the years.

The problem with poison

As hard as you try, the destination and distribution of poison cannot be controlled.
Rats are a serious issue – spreading disease and causing untold damage – their rampage of destruction needed curtailing hence, poison was, and is, laid.
Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) are a group of insecticides that have been traditionally used to control and eradicate rats from various sites. The poison is eaten, and then causes the rat to die. Death is quick but there is a problem: the poison remains active within the carcass for a long time after death.
A beautiful yet hungry owl, on its nocturnal prowl for food, may spot the dead rat and swoop in. Unfortunately, the owl itself may be poisoned as can other animals who may come across the dead rat.

There are changes coming

Clearly, this is unacceptable but there needs to be a balance and so, various organisations, professionals and associations are looking to introduce changes that prevent this happening as far as is possible.
Professional pest controllers will need to hold qualifications in order to buy rat poisons; they will also need to adhere to a code of practice which includes returning to the site of a poisoning to collect and destroy carcasses.
For the amateur, this may mean that by the middle of 2016, the opportunity to purchase rat poison could be minimal, although this is yet to be decided. It will certainly come with a bigger responsibility that simply throwing down a bit of poisoned bait.

In summary

With any pest problem, but especially when you think there is a rat infestations, the responsible solution lies in professional services. Our Pest control services are competitively priced as well as effective.

For any pest control issue, call SOS Pest Control today.  

Friday, 4 September 2015

Mice Control & Removal Advice

Mice Control & Removal Advice

Unlike rats, this particular rodent is not as feared but no more welcome in our homes. They are more elusive and secretive in their habits thus, they are not a common sight.
When they decide to share their home with us, however, we might not think of them in the same way. And no surprising when you consider the problems with mice.

Species of mice

There are three main species of mice you are likely to come across here in the UK – the House Mouse, the Field Mouse and the Yellow Necked Mouse.
None of these mice grow very big but, they can become a nuisance very quickly. In the main, they prefer to live outdoors but as the cold weather bites in winter, just like humans, they seek shelter and warmth. Finding the perfect place to nest means that when breeding season arrive in the spring, they offspring can be safe and warm too.
However, they are prolific breeders; one cute little mouse in the cellar can mean several mice within weeks, with the female mouse capable of having 100 mice every year, if the conditions are right and food plentiful.

Damage caused by mice

As a rodent, they gnaw. Farmers are all too aware of the damage mice can do to a harvest of crops and feed. Gnawing in the home can cause significant issues as they will gnaw anything – electric cables, furnishings, cardboard, more or less any kind of item or material.
Mice are also thought to be continually incontinent too. In other words, wherever they go they are constantly peeing and pooping. The bacteria in the urine and faeces can make us ill and so, like other pests, if you spot a little mouse enjoying the comforts and delights of your home, you need to act and act quickly.

Professional pest control

The safest and quickest option to a mouse-free home is to call in the SOS Pest Controllers. With qualifications and experience, we have all kinds of solutions that have the potential to be humanely effective.
We will discuss all the various options open to catching mice within or around your home, but there is the adage of prevention is better than cure. This is certainly true when it comes to mice.
They can survive on the smallest of breadcrumbs and tasty morsels and so if you think you may have mice, it pays to step up the housekeeping and cleaning duties. From moving the kitchen appliances and sweeping and mopping behind and underneath them, to ensuring that no food or crumbs are left for them to nibble on.
Any leftover food needs to be stored in air tight containers and so on, as well as removing clutter and general detritus in and around the home. It also goes without saying that wherever you suspect the mouse or mice have been, it needs to be cleaned thoroughly with anti-bacterial or disinfectant.

As unpleasant as it may be, mice are a rodent infestation that can be quickly dealt with. If you think you have mice in or around your home, call on the services of SOS Pest Control today!