Pest Control News

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

9 Top Tips for Keeping Rats and Mice at Bay This Winter

9 Top Tips for Keeping Rats and Mice at Bay This Winter

As winter arrives on our doorstep, it brings with it rain, grey clouds and a chill wind.
It can also usher in rats and mice. Just like us humans, these rodents are not too keen on the cold, the wind and the rain, preferring instead somewhere warm. Even better, if there are planet of nesting space and materials to hand, as well as a handy constantly-replenished food source.
Yes, you’ve guessed it, your home including the basement, garage and sheds, are perfect places for a rat and its family, or a tiny mouse to make their homes. 
They bring with them many problems, however, which is why dealing with a rodent issue is essential;
  • They are incontinent – that’s right, as they scamper along, they are constantly urinating and pooping. They secrete a rather nasty bacterium too which if ingested by humans, can make us very ill indeed. 
  • They gnaw EVERYTHING – they must keep those two long front teeth down to size and the only way is to keep them filed is to gnaw at everything, from wood to plastic, to cabling and more. 
  • They shred EVERYTHING as well as gnawing, they also want to make their nests as warm and cosy for their young as they possibly can. They shred soft materials to make a nice bed, and again that means fabrics, stuffing from stored soft furnishings, cardboard, paper, you name it, they can gnaw at it or shred it. 
Can you make your home rodent proof?
You can certainly make it a lot less attractive;
  1. Store items in plastic sealed boxes and containers, rather than cardboard boxes which rats and mice will easily demolish
  2. Keep food in air tight containers and make sure that any rubbish is dispose of quickly
  3. If you can and it is safe to do so, cover vents with plastic
  4. Seal cracks and holes (even small ones!), paying attention to small cracks and crevices around pipe work
  5. Give the exterior of your home a once over too, replacing any missing weather stripping and so on so that rats and mice cannot find their way in to basements etc.
  6. Keep gutters and drainpipes running freely too – rats can climb, especially if they are given a helping hand to do so!
  7. You may love your log burner but storing wood too close to your home can attract rodents to enjoy the cover it provides – stack it at least 20 feet from your home and 5 feet of the ground (if you can)
  8. Inspects insulation and wiring for gnaw marks. If you do spot an issue with cabling and wires, get the cable replaced as it could be a fire hazard
  9. If you spot rodent poop, hear scurrying or see a rat or mouse, contact a local pest controller NOW!

Rats and mice don’t go away. In fact, by not dealing with the problem, it will just get bigger as rodents are prolific breeders. They will carry on causing damage and problems!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Could Rats Become Less of a Problem?

Could Rats Become Less of a Problem?
There are many pests that cause farmers and landowners to worry about their crops and land – rats and rabbits are just two pests that are considered rampant in the country side.
Both cause an incredibly amount of damage in a short time. Rabbits can make the ground unstable with their constant burrowing, and rats on farms can damage crops, as well as contaminate food stores. 
Damage is not only vast but costly. But there may another solution on the horizon to those measures that farmers, landowners and pest controllers already take – a fence of ‘laser beams’.
Successful trial
Scientists at John Moores Liverpool University have successfully trialled a fence of laser light in Scotland, the Netherlands and Spain. The laser fence seems to frighten the rats and other pests too, forming an environmentally friendly alternative to poison. 
Funded by the European Commission, bodies like the National Farmers’ Union are hoping that its widespread use could save thousands of pounds each year in damaged crops and food stuff. The fence of laser lights could also be effective with foxes, birds, rabbits and badgers. 
Secondary poisoning
The pest control industry has been working in recent years to lessen the impact of the use of poisons on non-targeted species. And this laser could be a major contribution to stopping the deaths of many other species, especially birds, who succumb to second-hand poisoning.
When bait is laid for pests, such as rat poison, the rat does not die immediately on eating it. It may reach several metres away from the original spot. Its carcass however, is still full of poison and a bird flying overhead will spot what they think is a ready-made snack. Unfortunately, they too will be poisoned. 
There is now measures in place for widespread and consistent baiting to be stopped, and pest control technicians will also return to the area to collect carcasses to prevent secondary poisoning of birds and other species. 
With sales on poisons also being tightened, it is hoped that unintended poisoning of non-target wildlife will significantly decrease. There is no doubt that this laser fence would also contribute to this too. 
An urban problem
Rats, foxes and rabbits are not just an issue in the countryside – they can present significant issues in the urban setting too.
Rabbits confuse industrial plants for safe burrows and tunnels, or their tunnels on embankments can lead to landslide problems for both the road networks and rail lines across the country. 
Foxes have learnt to live alongside humans in the city and the town, a trade-off for the ready supply of food that they find in bins and recycling containers. 
Rats are also a common sight in may urban settings, again as a result of having a ready supply of food and nesting sites. 
Do you have a pest problem?

We deal with all kinds of pests from birds to rabbits, foxes to fleas, bedbugs to ants… and more! If you have any concerns or would like advice from an expert, call us today!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Could your business be fined for not dealing with a pest problem?

Could your business be fined for not dealing with a pest problem?

Thankfully, the cases of businesses allowing pest infestations to continue unabated are few and far between. 
But as we go about our daily lives, we assume that local businesses and retailers are safe places to shop, local cafes and restaurants are safe places to eat and that the takeaway we just order will be hygienically prepared in a hygienic kitchen. 
When this doesn’t happen and businesses are called to account, the fine can be pretty hefty. So, what are your responsibilities as a business when it comes to pest control?
Pests and your business
Pest control is an often-overlooked part of running a business, with owners and staff only realising there is a problem until it becomes visually apparent you are sharing the building – inside and out – with an unwanted pest.
Broadly speaking, pests can be divided into three categories:
  1. Rodents – rats and mice, for example
  2. Birds – pigeons and seagulls can cause problems, as can other birds
  3. Insects – cockroaches, fleas, flies, ants, wasps and bees are some of the more common pest infestations
As a business, you should;
  • Be vigilant
Training staff on how to store items, to keep areas tidy, to be keep the area clean and so on is an important first step. 
And this isn’t just about inside the business property, it is outside too. Spending time on ensuring that rubbish bags are properly sealed so that it is harder for vermin to get in is a key example. Pests are like humans; they want somewhere safe to nest. They also want plenty of food. If your rubbish is piling up and easily accessible, they will keep on coming back.
It is imperative to understand that prevention is key because once a pest problem starts, it can be difficult to get rid of. 
  • Take active prevention steps
Businesses, especially food businesses, are expected to take active, prevention steps to stop pests becoming a problem. 
If you understand the pest that could be attracted to your business, they you can take steps to keep them away. For example, engaging a local pest contractor on a service contract to be checking and dealing with rodents is a move that should keep all kinds of pests at bay. 
  • Deal with a problem promptly
Pests don’t go away. If you see one cockroach, there are thousands more in the premises. If you see one rat, it will have a litter of young and they will continue to breed. Pests are rarely lone animals and as such, by not dealing with it, you are not only allowing the problem to grow, you are also acting against the law. 
Can we help?
As a local pest control contractor, we already work with many local businesses offering a discreet pest control service in and around their retail units, factories, warehouses, feed stores etc. 

It costs less that you think too – and certainly a lot less that the huge fines you could face for not dealing with a pest control problem!