Rat & Mouse Control

Rats are extremely adaptable survivors who will readily make use of human habitation and food stuffs, exploiting issues with the buildings structure and/or drainage system.

Rats can be very persistent in their attempts to access properties or food storage areas chewing through wood, plaster, and even light metal. Once in, the rat will urinate and defecate as they travel, potentially contaminating food and spreading diseases such as Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease), Rat-bite fever, and Salmonellosis. Through sporadic gnawing, they cause unsightly and costly damage to pipework, insulation, and woodwork, will chew soft furnishings for nesting material, and create a fire risk through chewing electric wires. Businesses have a legal obligation to have a rat control program in place, with particular reference to food premises and landlords.

Rat Control

Signs of Rats

  1. Sighting (in particular daytime) – a sign of a large infestation
  2. Dark brown, spindle-shaped droppings, around 12mm long
  3. Greasy marks against walls and on well-traveled routes
  4. Holes in the bottom of doors, sideboards, etc often with noticeable chew marks around the edge
  5. Outdoor burrow systems
  6. Nests made from any available soft materials such as paper or furnishings
  7. Foot and tail prints left in dusty areas of a property
  8. Scratching and squeaking noise, usually at night, emanating from lofts, crawl spaces, and voids.

Mice in your home or business premises are always an unwelcome addition. With the potential to spread disease and contaminate food storage areas, their control is essential. Like rats, these small rodents can cause significant damage to pipework, insulation, and woodwork and will readily shred soft furnishings for bedding. Mice constantly urinate and randomly defecate, leaving an unpleasant trail as they move around a property, leaving food preparation or storage area at risk from pathogens capable of spreading diseases such as Salmonellosis. In addition, mice cause extensive damage every year to UK properties by chewing electrical wires in homes, businesses, and vehicles, causing huge repair bills and creating fire risks. Companies are also legally obligated to put a mouse control program in place, particularly concerning food premises and landlords.

Local Pest Control

Signs of Mice

  1. Sighting (in particular daytime) – a sign of a large infestation
  2. Musky, stale or ammonia smell
  3. Small (3-7mm), spindle shaped droppings – around 80 per mouse per day!
  4. Greasy marks left on the walls or skirting board

A critical piece of information for DIY pest controllers –

in a similar way that bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, mice are building up a generational resistance to rodenticides. So, when attempting to control a pest control problem with amateur/over-the-counter mouse or rat poison, you are doing nothing more than providing the rodents with free food and exacerbating the problem. As resistance to rodenticides is growing, the effectiveness of mouse and rat poison has gradually been reducing. Here at LANDGUARD Ltd, we cannot stress the importance of using a professional, fully qualified pest controller who will have access to restricted products that remain effective as poisons. Otherwise, you are wasting your money and adding to a global crisis in pesticide resistance.

Neighbouring Properties

If you have a problem with rats or mice coming from someone else’s property, then the local authority has powers to help ensure pest control measures are being carried out. The local authority has specific legal powers to ensure that its particular local government area is free from rats and mice. In practical terms, they are obliged to control rodents on their land and may also serve a notice on an owner or an occupier under their jurisdiction that fails to do the same.
If the infestation is a risk to your health or safety, it may be classed as a hazard under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System. Local authorities have specific responsibilities and powers to deal with properties that present certain risks.
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Pest Control

Professional Rat & Mouse Control –

Let LANDGUARD rid your home or business of acute or ongoing rat & mouse problems using the most humane and effective measures available…

  • We will firstly investigate the source of the outbreak, including populations size and access points to the property
  • Create a site-specific treatment program
  • Utilise professional-grade products
  • Advise on preventing future infestations
  • Carry out proofing to buildings
  • Offer long-term monitoring if appropriate

Pest Proofing

Pest Proofing is a great way to prevent pests from accessing your property and can be used within an Integrated Pest Management approach or can often follow a complete pest control treatment.

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