Winter Pest Control – Rats

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When rats come in from the cold

Think you’re safe from rats when the weather gets cold? Think again.

Rats don’t hibernate in the winter so you’d think the elements would quickly get to them, but no! The brown rat is a hardy creature and can easily survive over the cold months – with a little help from you! Your home will provide plenty of opportunity for food and shelter if you don’t keep those pests at bay.

Food for thought

Rats aren’t choosy about their diet. They’ll eat whatever is on offer – even their own poo if there’s nothing else on the menu. With their small stomach and fast metabolism, rats aren’t able to gorge on food in preparation for the winter months so instead they’ll start stockpiling ready for the cold snap.

That’s when you could start to see activity around your bins as rats look for food waste. So make sure you’re not providing a free meal by keeping your rubbish secured in a bin and not leaving bags around on the ground.

Warmth and shelter

Once rats have found a plentiful food source, they’ll soon be scouting around for somewhere to stay. And guess what? Your lovely centrally heated house makes the perfect place for a staycation.

Signs that you have rats

Well obviously if you see one you’ll know about it. And their droppings – like dark grains of rice – are difficult to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for other tell-tale signs such as gnaw marks, shredded materials and grease marks on the skirting boards.

You might hear the rats scratching about, too, particularly during the night.

How rodent proof is your property?

Don’t be deceived by the size of a rat. A horizontal gap of about 25mm is all it needs to gain access to your home, so check skirting gaps and doors. Sewers, drainage systems and holes left by redundant pipe work are also all easy ways for rats to get in.

Live in a terraced house? Once rats have worked their way into the loft, they’ll often move from house to house via gaps in the separating walls.

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

For more information on our service and costs call now. 

*All prices are per visit and plus VAT

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