6 Ways to Get Rid of Rats

Rats have been the scourge of homeowners for as long as we can remember. They can carry all sorts of diseases which are harmful to humans, so if you’ve got rats in your home, you need to do something to get rid of them quickly.

Despite being a dirty nuisance, not everybody has the same ideas when it comes to putting an end to a rat infestation. With this in mind, you’ll find six ways to get rid of rats listed below.

 

•    Humane traps

There are many DIY rat traps available online and in DIY shops that trap the intruders without sentencing them to death. Of course, if you manage to catch a rat in a cage, you then have to do something to get rid of it. Some people drive out into the countryside miles away from their home and release the rats back into the wild.

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anglo infographic

Coming to a home near you this summer – ants, bedbugs, gulls, rats and wasps. Find out some crazy facts about them by viewing our pest control infographic.

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It's Time to Keep an Eye Out for Ants

At the time of writing it’s getting close to ant nesting season.

Ants can be a real inconvenience for home and business owners as well as being problematic to get rid of. Keep reading to discover more about ants.

What problems can ants cause?

 

How would it look to your customers if they came in to buy something from your food shop and saw ants crawling around on the floor?

If you’ve got small children at home, having ants around your house is very unhygienic as they can carry in germs from outside. Certain types of ants can also sting which is unpleasant, particularly for young children and pets. The most common ant in the UK, the black garden ant, doesn’t sting, but in the UK there are red, wood and flying ants that do.

Other problems caused by ants include damage to buildings, outdoor structures, lawns and plants.

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How to Guard Against Nesting Gulls

As spring approaches, it’s not long until gulls all over the UK start to think about nesting. Gulls typically like to go back to the nesting site they’ve had previously which is often in people’s chimneys. If you had a problem with gulls at your home or business premises last year, now is the time to seek advice and take preventative measures as gulls usually start nest building around the start of April.

What problems do nesting gulls cause?

Even if you haven’t previously had a problem with nesting gulls, if you live in an area where they’re prevalent, you should think about taking action for the reasons below:

 Noise pollution

Gulls are not the most peaceful of birds. Having a gulls nest in your chimney at home could result in you being woken up every morning by their loud squawking.

An unpleasant smell

Gulls like to eat anything and everything they can find. The result of this is their droppings have a really bad smell. In addition, gull droppings can be dangerous to human health due to their high acidity and the parasites they contain.

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Bird Control Benefits - Protecting Your Health and Property

Our bird control service covers Scotland and the North of England. And we’re often called out to deal with flying pests such as seagulls, starlings and pigeons.

In this article we’ll talk about the main benefits of professional bird control.

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Better building appearance

Bird droppings aren’t just a potential health hazard, they can really spoil the look of a building too. From office buildings to historic castles, large quantities of bird droppings can really impact on the visual appeal of a property.

It’s not practical to keep having to clean up the mess at regular intervals. One of the main benefits of professional bird control is that measures can be put in place to deter birds in the future.

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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.

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Q: What do you call a wasp?

A: A wanna-bee!

Q: What is a wasp’s favourite singer?

A: Sting!

Q: Where do you take a sick wasp?

A: To waspital.

Wasps are generally not funny, apart from in jokes. (I’m sure some of you disagree after having read our selection of wasp jokes…) Anyway, you might’ve noticed a lot more buzzing lately, and some of you have probably had some chilling experiences where an aggressive wasp feels like it has the right to take a bite out of your sandwich or a sip out of your drink.

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Pigeons at Holyrood sitting comfortably.....again

On 6 December, Dunfermline Sheriff Court was told that two-year-old Naphtali (aka Naph pictured below) is one of several birds used to manage bird populations disappeared when he was caught by a gust of wind, while being exercised by his handler at a football complex at Torryburn, Fife.

Naph was last seen alive on 3 April in a tree above the garden of racing pigeon keeper Andrew Hutchison, about 200 yards away. When Naph’s minders went to inquire what had happened to the falcon, the retired miner, 67, confessed Read more

Pest Control Problems in the Winter

Pest Control Problems in the Winter

While some pests are only a problem to home and business owners in the warmer months, there are a number that can cause difficulties all year round, including winter time.

Dealing with things such as bee and wasp nests is only something we’re called on to do at certain times of year. Keep reading to find out what pests we deal with even in the colder weather.

Rats

Rats are very resilient creatures and even when the weather outside is bitterly cold, they can survive underground, coming out for food when they need to.

Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, you need to be on the ball all year round for signs of rats such as droppings near where food is stored.

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Pest Control Tips for Hotels and B&Bs

When you’re running a hotel or B&B, you’ll have 101 things to do at any given time but it’s essential that you keep on top of your pest control.

With so many online accommodation review sites around, if one guest has a bad experience with bed bugs for example, you reputation could soon take a nosedive.

Keep reading to discover our professional pest control tips for hotels and B&Bs.

Kitchens

Good food hygiene seems like common sense but many hotels and B&Bs run into problems in their kitchens. It’s essential to make sure all staff know exactly what to look out for when it comes to pests and how to avoid attracting them.

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