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Finding rodents in your home or business can be very distressing. Rodents include; rats, mice & squirrels. They can all spread disease in their search for food and shelter, posing health risks particularly in kitchens and food storage areas. Rodents can cause other problems, so taking action to eliminate an infestation quickly is important as they can:
Damage property as constant gnawing can damage insulation, pipes, doors, floorboards & they shred soft items for nesting.
Contaminate foodstuffs as pathogens in their urine & faeces can transmit diseases such as Weil's disease & Salmonellosis.
Cause damage that can endanger as they gnaw to squeeze through gaps & control their incisors, including chewing electrical wiring in premises & vehicles that can lead to fire risks.
Check for common signs of rodents which will help identify a problem early, ensuring that quick and effective treatment can occur as soon as possible. Our BPCA certified specialists provide fast, effective and targeted solutions.
Solutions to Control Rodents
Our BPCA certified technicians provide safe, effective solutions to get rid of rodents using industry-leading treatments. One of the quickest and most effective ways to control rodents is with rodenticides & traps. We have a large selection of rodenticides suitable for use indoors and out, in a wide variety of formulations too. Rodenticides are used as part of a planned programme of anti–pest activity and regular monitoring. We'll put a schedule of visits in place designed to effectively take care of your problem with the minimum of disruption.
We believe that prevention is better than cure & we always aim to deny rodents access into your property as opposed to simply killing them once they're in.
Differences Between Rats & Mice
Although both rats and mice fall into the rodent category, there are some differences in their behaviours. Even though they are smaller in size, mice tend to be a bit bolder than rats. Mice are usually curious and will explore new things, including traps. It’ll take more than a baited trap to trick a rat though. Rats typically live in fear, so they are very cautious about new things and won’t explore like mice. This type of behaviour is called 'neophobia'. It takes rats a lot longer to investigate new things as opposed to mice, which sometimes can make it difficult for trapping.
When it comes to nesting, mice are skilful climbers and have no problem inhabiting the attic in your home. Due to their small size, mice can also fit into the smallest of holes, allowing them to access parts of your home you didn’t think anything could fit in. Rats, on the other hand, can climb but prefer lower levels of a structure, such as a cellar or a crawlspace.
Rats can grow up to 40cm in length
Produces 20-50 droppings per day
Thicker body, tail shorter than length of head & body
Rats can vary in colour from brown, black or grey
Rats require 30-60ml of water daily
Mice generally measure between 12-20cm
Produces 40-100 droppings per day
Larger ears, longer tail than length of head & body
Mice are usually light grey / brown in colour
Don't require access to water on a daily basis
There are just three species of rat and mouse that are by far the most prevalent and important pests in homes and businesses worldwide due to their ability to adapt to the human environment.
These are the brown rat (rattus Norvegicus, also called the common or Norway rat), ship rat (rattus rattus, also called the black rat or roof rat) and house mouse (mus domesticus).
The house mouse has several subspecies that are common in different parts of the world and are increasingly being recognised as separate species, but these are all virtually indistinguishable from each other.
All rodents have the common identifying feature of a pair of incisor teeth in the upper jaw. They tend to have short legs and a long tail, but a closer look at their body characteristics and habits shows that there are easily distinguishable features that you can use to identify which pest is invading your property.
Damage & Health Risks
The fact is that if you have either one of these rodents in your home, the damage can be significant and it is imperative that you have a professional come in and address the situation. Both rats and mIce can gnaw on various structures and wires in your home, which can lead to fire hazards. Mice have weaker teeth than rats, which means that any food source that is properly stored in glass or metal can prevent the mice from contaminating it, but that may not be the case with rats. Rats are much stronger than mice and have been known to gnaw through various building materials, including aluminium wood, glass, sheet metal, and even cinder blocks.
Not only can the rodents cause structural damage to your home but they are also a public health pest. Rodents can cause a lot of damage and can transmit bacteria and other disease agents, so it is best to have the problem taken care of properly.
Rodent infestations can become huge headaches for homeowners, so it is best to prevent them as early as possible. If you do notice mouse or rat activity in your home, be sure to contact us on 0800 107 8741 before they cause significant damage to your home.
“Got their number from my neighbour who had them out for Mice. Very good and sorted the problem out before we got infested!”
— Neil, Stockport