PestWatch November

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Other than watching the fireworks what pests do you need to look out for in November?

More pest of the year than pest of the month, the Common Rat has been causing both homeowners and businesses problems since Lockdown began, this has become a UK wide issue with the media reporting on the issue throughout the pandemic.

Rattus Norvegicus the Brown Rat this is the most common type of rat species in the UK, although we do still have Rattus rattus the Black Rat they are generally seen in ports, their numbers have declined in the UK over the years. They are very few people that like rats and even less that would want sewer rats moving into their home if any.

7 long tale-tailed signs you have Rats and what to look out for

  1. Scratching & Gnawing sounds from under floorboards & inside the wall cavity
  2. Droppings in the kitchen, loft and outside close to the building
  3. Disturbed earth & stone (Rat diggings) with a hole going under the building
  4. Black smear marks around a hole or gap, this is were many rats are entering
  5. Chewed food packaging or pet food is being eaten in the cupboard
  6. Broken airbricks
  7. Lookout for gnawing to door frames, electrical cabling and pipes

How to get rid of Rats?

Depending on the situation we will use humane spring traps or poison bait, bait is often the most effective form of control for homes that already have rats in the property. This must be followed up with proofing works to prevent the rodents from reusing the same route.

This is why during the first visit of any rodent job we carry out a visual survey of the inside and outside areas to try and ascertain where the rodents are entering from, then we can then plan on how best to remove rats from your property.

5 ways to stop Rats getting in…

  • Seal – up all gaps around pipework, window & door frames, rats only need a gap of 15mm
  • Repair – damaged airbricks & any holes in the brickwork leftover from removed pipes
  • Tidy – up & remove as many harbourage areas as possible, especially around the building
  • Remove – natural foods from your garden i.e fall fruit and around the birdfeeder
  • Food waste – always double bag food waste before putting in the outside bin

Rat Facts:
Brown rats are capable of a non-stop doggy paddle for 72 hours!

Fact File:

  1. Rats can hold their breath underwater for 3 minutes
  2. Rats incisors never stop growing so they constantly gnaw to keep them in check
  3. A pair of brown rats could produce up to 200 babies & 2000 descendants within 12 months
  4. One rat can produce 25,000 droppings a year
  5. The muscles of a rats jaw can apply up to 12 tons! Of pressure per square inch

Other Pests to watch out for in November

1. Mice:

Like rats, they start to become a problem from November through to the end of February. The cold, lack of natural food and cover from predators this time of year drive them in, to find a warm and safe environment.

Unfortunately, they tend to get everywhere as does their droppings and urine, alongside rats, mice are a carrier and spreader of salmonella.

2. Squirrels

Our pest of the month last month, they are very much still active and continue to be so until April, when they will move back outside as the temperatures start to rise.

Out of all the rodents, we find squirrels to cause the most damage in a short space of time. If you think you have squirrels in the loft call a professional pest control company such us Area Pest Control.

Look out for Octobers edition of PestWatch with more useful guidance on what to look out for.

Stay Safe
Dan – The Pest Man

Contact Area Pest Control today for advice, service and a solution to your pest problem.

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How quickly will you respond to my problem and how soon can it be treated?

It is our priority to take emergency pest control calls as they come in. We endeavour to speak to you and reply to emails on the same day during our working hours.

Treatment response times can vary depending on the pest, this can often be the same day, whatever the pest problem we are here and ready to help. Call us now.

What does a visit to my premises involve?

Our pest control technician will first survey your premises in an attempt to ascertain pest entry points and the best location to start the treatment,

they will talk you through the process answering any questions you may have.

On completion of the visit, the technician will advise you on preventative measures and recommend proofing works to help prevent a recurrence where possible.

What pests do you treat?

We treat a wide variety of pests from rodents to insects to birds, the more common pests we incur daily are Rats, Mice, Pigeons, Bed bugs and Cockroaches.

Seasonal pests include Squirrels, Glis glis (Edible dormouse) Starlings, Wasps, Cluster Flies, Moths, Spiders, Carpet beetle, Ants and Fleas, this is not an exhaustive list so please call to discuss any pest concerns you have.

We also have a specialist pest control team for removing pests from under solar panels and prevent them from re-entering.

This includes removing Birds, Pigeons, Jackdaws and Squirrels that are nesting under solar panels.

How much are your services?

 The costs vary from pest to pest and location, to give some examples:

Wasp treatments from *£49.99

Rat and Mouse treatments from *£50.00

Ant treatment from *£60.00

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