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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Rat & Mice Winter Pest Control

Winter Pests: Rats & Mice

The shorter daylight hours, the chilly temperatures and the endless rain and grey skies perfectly sum up the winter months here in the UK. There are clear, crisp days with bright blue skies and winter sun and, when these days dawn, we should take advantage of them.
But in recent years, the winters have thrown tumultuous weather in our direction. From howling gales to torrential rain, people have been flooded out of homes and communities. The clear up takes weeks and getting back into your home can take months of restorative work.

But when there are floods, there are health concerns too. From sewage in people’s homes and belongings to pests becoming a nuisance. Of all the pests that cause problems in winter, rats and mice are possibly two of the most common. But why?

»     Forced Out of Their Natural Habitat

Flooding, endless rain, storm damage… you name it, what the winter weather throws at us, is also thrown at wildlife. All kinds of animals and rodents are displaced from their natural habitat, including mice and rats.

»     Scarce Food Supply

Just as our crops can be damaged by weather, so too is the natural food source of rodents and animals. And that means hungry pests will go in search of another food source – and that can mean the rubbish in your bin and the food scraps in your compost.

»     The Perfect Nesting Site

Frankly, a garage, shed, cellar or even the wall cavity of your home is warmer and safer than a nesting site in the wild. Few predators will have the courage to ‘attack’ in a place inhabited by humans and even though rodents don’t seek our company, they have sufficient resources and abilities to mainly avoid us, even when they are nesting right under our nose…

Prevention – Always Better (and Cheaper!) Than Cure

As the winter weather closes in, act to keep pests at bay, especially rodents;
·      Seal holes and other entrance points into cavities and small spaces in sheds, garages and so on.

·      Don’t be tempted to lay poison ‘just in case’. There is research that shows rats and mice become accustomed to it and simply change their direction of travel to avoid it. In the meantime, a non-target species nibbles at it and dies. The cycle continues with birds eating a poisoned carcass and dying from secondary poisoning.

·      Some people lay rat or mouse traps as they know they have problems in winter with rodents. As a pest control company, we offer value for money long-term service contracts that would be more cost-effective and efficient.

·      If prevention measures fail – make sure bins are sealed, holes sealed, stored food stuffs effectively stored – and you see or hear evidence of rodents, the only thing you should do is call a professional pest control company that specialises in rodent extermination and control. Anything else is a waste of time, effort and money.

Rats and mice are not just a winter pest – they can be a nuisance all year round – but the conditions of winter force many pests and vermin to seek shelter too close for comfort.