Fast, effective rodent control for homes and businesses
The most common UK pest rat species is the Brown rat (rattus norvegicus). These will live virtually anywhere that provides food, water and shelter. Sewers, compost bins, hedges and lofts are common habitats, and they will often thrive eating the food people put out for birds.
House mice (mus domesticus) often live and run throughout the fabric of buildings, in cavity wall and between floorboards and ceilings. They can usually gain enough water intake through the food they eat, making them very adaptable to various habitats.
The grey squirrel (sciurus carolinensis) is pest in gardens, stealing bird food and damaging trees, as well as digging unsightly holes in lawns. They also often nest in lofts and can very quickly cause a huge amount of damage to your building, chewing through cables, water pipes and even the beams supporting your roof. Blocking and entrance point before the squirrels have been killed will usually result in them causing more damage chewing holes next to the blocked holes. Females are extremely protective of their young, and will stop at nothing to defend them or get to them.
We will assess what is attracting the rodents to your property, looking at a full range of integrated pest control methods and proofing systems. Along with trapping and baiting to eliminate the existing infestation, this will help reduce the chances of further invasions.
It’s very important to tackle rats and mice as soon as you suspect a problem. They breed extremely quickly, with a coupler soon turning into a large scale problem. Rats are a major carrier of Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis), which is often fatal to humans. Therefore you should always wear protective gloves when handling anything that may have been in contact with rats, and thoroughly disinfect any areas they have touched. As with mice they can also spread salmonella and many other nasties.
The requirement for rodents to constantly gnaw can also cause massive damage throughout your property. Many house fires are caused by rats chewing through electrical cables, and we even have one client who’s car had the main electrical loom chewed through, causing over £1,000 worth of damage!
Commercial rodent contracts:
We provide ongoing commercial pest control contracts throughout Kent, covering rats and mice. Please call us to arrange your site survey, where we will discuss a bespoke monitoring and treatment plan and provide a no obligation quotation.
Our service agreement will cover regular monitoring inspections at frequency to suit the site, and call outs to deal with any rodent activity.
After each visit we will update your pest control folder with detailed inspection and treatment reports, this will also contain our risk assessments, method statements and qualifications.
Please see here for more information of our Kent commercial rodent control and other pest control contracts.
Our clients include those in the hospitality industry, industrial units, factories and offices.
Domestic rat, mice and squirrel control treatments are usually undertaken over a few visits. We will be able to outline a treatment plan during our initial visit, give you an idea of costs and recommend actions you or we can take to reduce the likelihood of future infestations.
Signs of rodent infestations:
We are often asked: “How do I know if I have a Rat in my house?”, “Is the scratching sound from my ceiling mice?” and “What do rat droppings look like?”
Rats and squirrels generally make quite loud banging and scratching noises when in a roof space. You may see squirrels gaining in and out of your loft through soffits and broken tiles. Chewed cables, pipes and woodwork are a good indication of rodent activity, as are greasy smear marks along regular runs and access points. If you can smell rodents, it is normally a sign of quite an established infestation.
Rats produce around 40 fairly large, cylindrical droppings per day, whereas squirrel droppings are much smaller and more round in shape.
Rats will often create burrows around gardens, especially in hedge roots and under compost bins, sheds and decking.
Mice will sometimes cause light scratching sounds in wall and ceiling cavities, and produce around 80 tiny, dry dark droppings per day. These are similar to a grain of rice in size and are often found on kitchen worktops, in lofts and behind fridges.
You may also notice food packaging has been chewed, and paper, cardboard and insulation shredded for nesting material.