Pest Control News

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Top 5 Pests To Be On The Lookout For This Month

Top 5 pests to be on the lookout for this month


Below we have a quick overview of the types of pest that you are likely to encounter this month.

Squirrels

Grey squirrels are a common problem this time of year. Now is a great time to make sure any potential entry points to your home are proofed sufficiently. Broken roof tiles or holes in insulation are key access points for squirrels. They will also cause some considerably destruction to any items you keep in your loft, tearing up boxes etc. They are very noisy pests, especially in the early hours of the morning, so if you hear such noises, we strongly suggest you give us a call.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be encountered any time of year, however during the winter months, they are more common. This is because they are not well equipped to living outside when the weather is cold. Although they like moisture in their preferred surroundings, consistent rain that we have been having recently may urge them to find more drier conditions. If you see one cockroach, chances are there are many more close by. Cockroaches do not like light, so mostly active during the night. Your kitchen or bathroom are great locations for cockroaches due to the readily available moisture required for their survival and access to food sources. Interestingly, cockroaches are not picky when it comes to food. They will in fact each one another if necessary!

Foxes

Foxes are wonderful to watch in nature. Typically very shy, they tend to avoid human contact where possible. As laws have been implemented with regards to poisoning foxes, our preferred option is trapping. They are attracted to your property most likely due to food sources being available to them. There are many things we can do to help proof your property against foxes, so give us a call and we would be happy to help.

Rats

Rats are a pest problem in the winter. They like warmth, food and water (like us humans) and will find suitable locations to build nests and have babies. This can be in your garden shed, garage, under decking…just to name a few. They have very strong teeth so chewing their way through wood, plastic and even soft metal is not a problem. Any small holes in bricks, vents or decking are all weak spots that will allow rats to gain access. Rubbish bins also offer a variety of food for them. We can not only rid you of you rat problem, but we can offer proofing solutions, so you never need to worry about the problem again.

Mice

Mice, like rats are typically a problem during the winter. They are able to squeeze through the smallest of gaps to gain access to your property. They require; warmth, food and water to survive. Your home offers all these in abundance, so it is no wonder why they like to move in and stay. You may even find them in the walls as climbing is no issue. Mice are very curious creatures and like to explore their surroundings. They will shred materials to make nests and scratch and gnaw their way through a variety of materials.


Whatever your pest problem, we are on call to help. We will make sure to get rid of pests efficiently and effectively, whilst offering advice and proofing solutions for the future. 

Friday, 7 February 2020

Rats & Mice in Your Home? We Can Help!

Rats & Mice in Your Home? We Can Help!

Rodents can be a problem all year round. Typically, we receive the most calls and enquiries to deal with rats and mice between the months of November – February. Both rats and mice can cause some considerable damage if left unattended, not to mention the health implications that come along with a rodent infestation due to the diseases they carry. 

Firstly, it is important to differentiate between rats and mice. Rats are typically larger than mice, in length and weight. An adult mouse is likely to have a smaller head and smaller feet than a baby rat. Rats have long, hairless tails whereas mice have shorter, more hairy tails. The colouring of both rats and mice is similar although some rats can look black in colour to the eye. 

Things to look out for
Secondly, it is important to look for sure signs that you may have a rodent problem. These can include but are not limited to;

·      Hearing noises?
o   Rats and mice will rip up materials like insulation and cardboard to make nests. Mice in particular are very curious so will venture throughout your home to find food and new nesting spots so you may hear them in the wall cavities, under floorboards or even in the loft. Both rats and mice will scratch and gnaw too which can be noisy!
·      Droppings?
o   Droppings are a sure sign that you have an infestation. Rat droppings are typically constrained to one particular location-once they have made a nest and have made themselves at home, they very rarely look to move to a different location. Mice however, as mentioned above, like to roam and find new locations to nest and feed, so their droppings are more likely to be spread out in many different locations. 
·      Gnaw marks?
o   In order to enter your home, rats and mice are able to gnaw their way through a multitude of materials to gain access. Brick, metal, wood, plastic…they are able to get through pretty much anything. 

How to stop them entering your home

Proofing against rats and mice is very important, we are pretty sure you would rather make your house rodent proof than have to deal with an actual infestation. Here are some tips about what you can do;

·      Regularly check the outside of your home for any holes or potential entry points around waste pipes or vents etc. If there is a gap larger than half an inch, then it is highly recommended to block these to deter mice from entering (they are able to squeeze through the smallest of gaps).
·      Check the roof for loose tiles.
·      Check seals around windows and doors, any holes should be filled.
·      Make sure to keep your garden well maintained, even during the winter months as overgrown shrubs and grass can offer shelter to rats and mice. Also, it is important to keep trees and bushes trimmed and away from windows and doors, as they can act as a steppingstone, so to speak, for rats and mice to climb and gain access to your property. 
·      Remove any pet food from the floor once your pet has finished as the smell will attract rats and mice.
·      Be sure to place all food waste in a bin with a tight lid away from any doors to your house to avoid attracting rats and mice and make sure to clean it regularly. 
·      Be mindful of any ‘easy access’ points such as waste pipes attached to the side of the house and guttering as rats and mice will use these to climb.


If you think you may have a rat or mouse problem in your home, we are on hand to help! Whether you need us to deal with an infestation or if you would like to proof your home against these pests, please give us a call.