Pest Control News

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Never more than 10 foot away from a rat at any one time…

Never more than 10 foot away from a rat at any one time…
… or is it 6 feet? Or is it 20 feet or more?
The truth is when it comes to the rat population in the UK, both urban rats and their agricultural cousins, we don’t really have a firm idea of numbers, just best guesses and estimates.
However, with recent news articles about super-rats, we are becoming aware of rats, the damage they do and how we are struggling to control their numbers. What doesn’t help is that scientists believe that without predators, the common brown rat could grow as big as a cow! Evidence that this could be a distinct possibility lies in fossilised remains found in the far east some years ago.
We are not at the point of cow-sized rat just yet – and the conditions for this to happen are nowhere near being reached – but rats are growing in size and in many ways, we are partly responsible.
Built environment
There are 1.8 million commercial premises across the UK and so not including domestic properties, a survey suggests that around 5% of these commercial premises have rats present; this means that there are 200,000 rats close by or in commercial properties. 
And then there is the sewer system. A marvellous modern invention that keeps us safe in terms of reducing the number of germs that blight our everyday lives. But for rats, they make an incredibly convenient highway to move from one place to another, at speed and without being detected. 
There is over 16,000 kilometres of sewers in Britain, with 5% of the rat population enjoying them. Back in the 1950s, there was a project in which people were asked to count the rats in sewers. From this work, it was concluded that there were 2,000 rats per square kilometre of sewer. 
Thus, in the urban environment the conservative estimate is that there are 3 to 3.5 million rats but there could be far more…
Not much better in the country
Agricultural premises of all kinds, from farms to livery yards, stables and food stores suffer from a huge rat problem too. With over 200,000 agricultural premises in the UK, nearly half will have rats present, nearly 90 rats per farm. Thus the rural landscape is blighted by 7 million rural rats.
This means that with the current population of the UK at around 60 million and a rat population of 10.5 million we outnumber rats by 6 humans to 1 rat.
And all this means what exactly?
The rat population is large and we need to be vigilant in how close rats are getting to properties, as well as understanding how our own habits and routines could be contributing to the problem. 
From finding food sources in rubbish bins to food on the ground, we need to be confident we are not creating the perfect breeding ground for rats. 

ALWAYS consult a professional pest controller if you spot rats in or near your home or commercial property!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

5 of the Most Common Pests in the UK

5 of the Most Common Pests in the UK
With the summer months upon us, it can be easy to forget that we share the world we live in with some remarkably common pests. Although some summer pests are well-known – like avoiding wasps and bees – there are other pests that are incredibly common during the summer months. 
  1. Mice – cute looking, mice are no as feared as rats but they can still do an enormous amount of damage. Mice, like rabbits and rats, have teeth that are constantly growing so they need to gnaw to keep these front teeth well filed. They are active all year round and like all pests, like safe, warm and dry places to make their nests. Your garage, cellar, attic etc. is a great place to do this hence, you may see mice in the summer months. You need to get the problem dealt with as they can spread disease.
  2. Common clothes moths – flying in through open windows on hot summer days unnoticed, these moths lay their sticky eggs in dark places and on materials that contain at least 25% natural fibres. Unseen and undetected, the emerging larvae eat the material to which they are attached leaving more or less, perfectly round holes. A nuisance as well as expensive damage to repair but not a danger to health.
  3. Wasps and bees – the biggest fear of most people during the summer months are the wasp and bee, mainly because they sting and also because their behaviour seems unpredictable. However, bees only really sting under duress and wasps sting when they think they or their nest is under attack. If you have a nest close by, get a professional to deal with it as soon as possible.
  4. Rats – like mice, these pesky rodents are active in the summer months too. Virulent breeders, if they have a nest of young to feed, they will become confident and brazen in approaching a food source, even if there are humans nearby. Spreading disease on every surface that they touch, getting rid of rats is a code red priority! Always call a reputable pest controller.
  5. Flies – a really common problem in the UK during the summer months is flies. Buzzing around, looking for food they spent their short lives doing nothing but feeding and laying eggs. And they don’t mind where they do it – dog poop or the food on your plate, they are not fussy eaters. Flies are attracted to high-protein foods, including organic matter like dog faeces and rotting animal carcasses, or the food in your bin. If you notice an infestation or more flies than usual buzzing around, find the food source means finding the solution to your problem. But it can be hidden and fairly unpleasant – and pest controllers know where to look. 

There are of course, other pests that are active all year round – like bedbugs, spiders and woodworm – but if you suspect you have a summer pest problem, why not give us a call?