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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, with the potential to contaminate food and spread disease 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. There is a legal obligation on businesses 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 obvious 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 major damage to pipework, insulation, 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 disease such as Salmonellosis. In addition mice cause extensive damage every year to UK properties through the chewing of electrical wires in homes, businesses and vehicles, causing huge repair bills and creating fire risks. There is additionally a legal obligation for businesses to have a mouse control program in place, with particular reference to 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

An extremely important piece of information to DIY pest controllers –

in a similar way that bacteria is 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, so 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 merely wasting your own money and adding to a global crisis in pesticide resistance.

Neighbouring Properties

If you have a problem with rats or mice that are coming from someone elses property, then the local authority has powers to help ensure pest control measures are being carried out. In fact, the local authority has specific legal powers to ensure that its specific local government area is kept free from rats and mice. In practical terms this means they are obliged to control rodents on their own 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 a hazard under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System. Local authorities have certain responsibilities towards, and powers to deal with properties that present certain hazards.
Please follow the link below to obtain in-depth guidance on this subject.
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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 accessing your property and can be used within an Integrated Pest Management approach or can often follow a full pest control treatment.

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