Mice & Rat infestations are a common year round problem in SW London. The onset of winter and the cold weather increases this problem dramatically as the rodents look for warm shelter to survive. Rodents, especially mice can squeeze through the tinniest gaps under front doors, broken air bricks and gaps around pipework leading from the outside into your home.
When called out for Mice & Rat pest control, I often find building work next door or very close to the customers house. Mice and Rats hate being disturbed and will move to a joining properties when they feel threatened.
On my first visit I try to identify these Mouse and Rat entry points, and advise on the best methods of sealing them up. In the majority of cases the use of materials such as wire wool, wire mesh, expanding foam and draft excluding bristle strips are effective as well as reasonably cheap to install. This is a service I offer.
Mouse and Rat treatment options After identifying the level of rodent infestation, the next step is deciding on a suitable treatment option. in the majority of cases I use poison baits. These come in many formats such as:
wheat & grain based bait which the rodents seek out and eat.
Contact baits, which the Mice or Rats brush past on there way through a known gap (ingestion of poison while grooming).
Break back traps are a good option for catching rats and mice indoors as the Rat can be removed once the trap has been released. The down side of this method is that of a near miss, where the rodent is hurt and not killed. This can be minimised by fixing the trap firmly to the floor or a larger piece of wood.
Rats out doors in Gardens etc. Rats in the garden, although preferable to inside the home is still undesirable as rats are disease carriers and can cause a considerable amount of damage through gnawing. Leaving aside the obvious yuk factor.
Once the rat burrows have been located, it is usually a straightforward task of baiting the burrows and then back filling them. Success can often be achieved in one or two visits.
If you would like any more information please call Neil on 0203 292 2179 or 07971 673623. Alternatively, you can fill out the enquiry form below and click submit and i'll respond within the hour.