A Rise in Rodents Numbers
There has been a considerable rise in the number of rodents in the UK in recent years. This is down to a number of factors including warmer winters, a reduction in waste collections and an increase in wild bird feeding. There are many do-it-yourself options available to homeowners, businesses and tenants but in order to eliminate the problem quickly and efficiently, you should always seek professional help.
Prevention is always better than a cure and we work with businesses and residential customers on this notion every day. Keeping a clean and tidy house, sweeping floors and clearing food away all help towards discouraging rodents. If you think you could have a rodent infestation spot the signs by seeing if there are any droppings, gnawing damage or footprints in the house. Check your home for any obvious gaps or loose woodwork that they may be coming through. Then use wire wool (which they can’t gnaw through) to close up the holes. Although this all helps, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil and rats can get through holes of about 20mm diameter. Rodent proofing your house can be a never ending task and if you get an infestation it might be time to call in the experts.
Nowadays the main rat poisons on the market are having less and less effect. Rats and Mice are becoming increasingly resistant to the poison so although you may kill one or two, many of the rodents will remain. Research suggests that resistant rats are eating the poison like food and some rats have even become savvy to the poison and just simply avoid it altogether! In fact using shop bought rat poison is generally doing more harm than good and infestations can get quickly out of control.
Rodent traps now come in all shapes and sizes. You can buy humane traps, sticky traps, plastic traps and old fashioned wooden traps. The internet is also full of suggestions of the perfect bait, should you use nutella? peanut butter? tuna? or even dental floss? Traps are one of the oldest means of pest control and they certainly do not work that successfully as bait. Shyness is a present issue at the moment especially with City mice and they only kill one at a time if you’re lucky enough to catch some!. As one mouse can produce up to 48 offspring a year and there are currently about 60 million rats in the UK, one trap might not make much of an impact.
There are a number of repellents and ‘old wives tales’ out there. Using things like peppermint oil and cat litter will not deter rodents. If they want to get into your house, gnaw at your wires and eat from your cereal boxes, they will. Sonic rodent repellents have been around for a number of years and manufacturers claim are a way to deter pests. These supposedly work by using high-frequency sounds to drive the mice away and though some believe them to work, we have never found them to be successful , in any way. at deterring mice in properties throughout Scotland.
If you have a rodent infestation, think you might or need some advice, call us now on 0131 452 8228