Problems with rats in your home or business premises? We can help with effective, safe and humane rat control.
It is said there are 70 million rats in the UK, more than the human population! Over 80% of rat infestations in London originate from sewers. They inhabit domestic lofts, gardens, railway embankments, farms and riverbanks, and are very good burrowers.
Rat Control and Extermination
If you report a rat problem to us, we will carry out an initial inspection and risk assessment. Our rat control process is then to lay anticoagulant rodenticide in lockable bait boxes to the affected areas. We then carry out a follow-up treatment. If further treatment is required this is carried out free of charge.
Further Rat Infestation Solutions
An important part of rat control is prevention of further infestations. We can advise clients of any proofing that could be done to reduce further infestations. We can also carry out this work if required at a small extra cost.
The common species of rat or Rattus norvegicus found in the UK is the Brown rat, less common is the Black rat, also known as the Ship rat, which is very rare. Rats are nocturnal animals and are ‘neophobic’ which means they have a fear of new objects. This can undermine the early stages of treatment.
Rats continually dribble urine which can carry several diseases, including Leptospirosis, murine typhus and cryptosporidium (a cause of gastroenteritis) as well as Salmonella bacteria. They can be hazardous to your property as well as to your health, because their teeth grow up to 50mm per year so they are continually gnawing pipes, electric cables and wooden joists.
Rats reach sexual maturity around 2-3 months. Females can have up to 7 litters per year, averaging 8 offspring per litter. Adult rats live for 9 to 18 months.
Problems with a mice infestation in your home or business premises? We can help you with effective, humane and safe solutions. The house mouse is a very common pest in buildings. Mice are excellent climbers and can gain access through holes as small as 10mm in diameter, so almost all premises are at constant risk of mice infestation.
Signs of Mice
If you see mice during the day, it may indicate that a large infestation is present. Look out for droppings and signs of gnawing as well as the mice themselves.
Getting rid of mice
An initial inspection and risk assessment is carried out, then anticoagulant rodenticide is laid in lockable bait boxes to the affected areas. We then carry out a follow-up treatment to ensure the problem is eradicated. If further treatment is required this is carried out free of charge. We can advise clients of any mouse-proofing that could be done to reduce further infestations. We can also carry out this work if required at a small extra cost.
Problems caused by mice
Mice continually dribble urine, which contain pheromones that allow other mice to follow. They build their nests indoors, under floors, behind partitions and in cavities where their presence may not be obvious.
Mice are a constant threat to the reputation of food premises. They contaminate food products with their droppings and by gnawing. They walk across kitchen surfaces leaving behind bacteria that needs to be cleaned with disinfectant. Getting rid of mice is the best way to return your premises to their clean state.
Mice can live for around 12 months, reaching sexual maturity at 6 weeks. Females can have up to 10 litters per year, each litter containing between 4 and 16 young. Under ideal conditions one pregnant female mouse may be responsible for as many as 2,000 young mice in ONE year!