Pest Control News

Monday, 10 December 2018

Mice may be making their way into your home now

Mice are a hot topic at this time of year due to the change in weather. They will be looking for nesting locations within and around your home. Below are some interesting facts about mice. 

·     Mice have a curious nature, they love to explore their surroundings. They can travel large distances in a day in search for better food sources and nesting grounds.
·     In order to find their nesting ground, mice are able to climb, jump, swim and squeeze through the smallest of gaps.
·     Once they have found a place to nest, they are able to reproduce at an extremely fast rate. They can have over 10 pups each month.
·     They are able to reach pretty much any part of the household. They are able to gnaw through most building materials as well as wires. By chewing through these wires, they can cause electrical and fire hazards. 
·     Mice have very good eyesight in the dark making exploring very easy for them
·      They do not need a large amount of food either to sustain themselves and do not actually need very much water to survive.
·     They do however carry bacteria and diseases, so it is advisable to get a professional in if you think you may have a mouse infestation. 

If you think you may have mice, we strongly suggest that you call in a professional. We will be able to offer advice on how best to treat the problem, carry out the work for you at a convenient time and put in measures to hopefully stop any more infestations in the future. 

Monday, 3 December 2018

Rodents and Diseases

Rodents and Diseases

Rodents are pests that are a problem all year round, but especially as the winter months are coming in. Rodents such as mice, rats and voles are looking for somewhere warm to create a nice home to get out of the cold weather. It is important to remember that rodents are carriers of diseases that could have detrimental effects on your health. Below we have created a short check list of what these diseases are, how these diseases are transmitted, signs of infection and some helpful prevention tips. 

·     Types of diseases

·      Salmonellosis-main cause of salmonella in humans, usually transmitted due to poor hand hygiene. 

·      Plague-caused by infected fleas which pass the disease onto rodents and can lead to death.

·      Rat bite fever-caused by bacteria.

·     Types of transmission

·      Direct contact- items contaminated with rodent faeces, urine, blood and saliva and improper handling of a dead rodent.

·      Bites and scratches- from a rodent.

·      Ingestion- contaminated food or drink.

Signs of infection can include; chest pains, vomiting, feeling sick, fever, chills, rash.

Prevention tips:
·     Avoid handling a dead rodent-best practice is to wear protective clothing and disinfect the area
·     Rodent proof your home-make sure any gaps into the property or garage are filled

Best practice is always to contact a professional to help you remove any rodent infestations and we can also help you with prevention too!
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