Your rodent control responsibilities
Winter rat problems and mice infestations can cause distress, health and safety and insurance risks and may, in serious cases, lead to structural issues and electrical fires.
The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 states that the occupier/owner of land must keep their land free of rats and mice. They must not allow the issue to spread to neighbouring buildings or land.
Please contact a British Pest Control Association accredited pest control firm like Pest Control Berkshire, a company with over quarter of a century’s experience, proven performance levels and competitive pricing. For comprehensive surveys, knowledge bases, licence holder only applications (which are unquestionably superior to DIY methods) and peace of mind, call in a locally renowned rodent control specialist.
Don’t take unnecessary risks
Rodent control should never be addressed in-house with an over the counter treatment or with the hope that property damage is only cosmetic.
Super-rats have evolved that are unaffected by conventional rat poisons, and rodents are not going to fall for the cheese in a trap approach; they’re wily, highly intelligent and loyal. Rodents and the chemicals used to control them present health and safety risks.
Your maintenance, mortgage or insurance contract often stipulates that a specialist firm co-ordinates treatment, this is to ensure maximised safety, issue resolution and guaranteed lasting effectiveness. You simply cannot receive these from an over the counter solution.
Professional rodent control resources are far less costly than a health and safety incident, accident, fire or structural problems.
An infestation can occur in almost any property
You may think that your property is at low risk from winter rat problems and that derelict and empty sites are bound to be high risk but at the present time there are over 15 million rats in the UK and they, rather like humans, much prefer a safe and warm shelter close to a food supply than being outdoors in the cold hunting for food.
If you have any repairs which have been left unattended to, leave food or crumbs on surfaces, have doors, windows, shutters or warehouse-factory loading bays open, or fail to shut bins efficiently you could discover that opportunistic rats and mice are determined to take advantage of your hospitality.
Your first step towards effective winter pest control management is to regularly check the building and grounds for signs of an infestation, from droppings to scratching sounds in attics or roof spaces, gnawing of timber, brickwork and cabling and shredded paper, cardboard or other materials which a rodent could purloin for nest building.
If you prefer, maintenance schedules can be agreed with a pest controller to remove the task from in-house staff workload.
The Brown Rat or Norway Rat, Rattus Norvegicus, is common locally. The Black Rat, Rattus Rattus is rare in the UK. The House Mouse, Mus Domesticus, is the most prevalent mouse in the country.
If you spot any signs of unwelcome rodent visitors, act immediately. When spring arrives rodents will procreate quickly. Minimise the infestation, and the treatment costs by being proactive.