Rats and mice can be a common problem for many domestic customers, as well as commercial customers too!
There is a saying that we are no more than 10 feet away from a rat, with estimates of the numbers of rats and mice in the UK varying wildly, from a few hundred thousand to millions. In all honesty, none of this matters; all you are worried about is being rat or mouse free in your property!
The problems with rats and mice is…?
And you have good reason to be worried as both of these rodents can cause huge problems, such as…
- Gnawing damage – both of the rodents are prolific gnawers, chewing everything in site from wood, cardboard, soft furnishings or any general rubbish, items and junk in order to make a nest. In some instances, if there is a lack of food, they will also, as a last resort use this as food
- High breeding rate – the female rat, for example, in the average 3 year life span could produce a staggering number of young. With a gestation period last only a few weeks, the average litter is around 6 young rats, and with several litters born to one rat each year, you can see how the problem can escalate. Mice are no different, and can breed quickly and in high numbers.
- Disease – rats do carry a lot of different diseases, some of which can be harmful to human health. Weil’s disease is common where rats frequent water, and cryptosporidiosis is a short term but acute infection carried by rats. It can be dangerous for those people not enjoying good health. If for no other reason, getting rid of rats and mice is important in terms of protecting you and your family’s health
Why do rats and mice become a problem?
Most of the time, we live in balanced harmony with nature, including rodents. However, there are circumstances that conspire to make their numbers increase and when their population explodes, they find that their normal habitats are ‘full’, hence they encroach on ours.
All of the following contribute to rodents seeking refuge and making their homes in or too close to ours:
- Mild winters
- Flooding that can force them from river banks to drier places, such as our garages and outbuildings
- Cut backs in pest control services in areas can also contribute to a steady increase in population
- Our habits, such as the need for composting, recycling and longer times between bin collections can all create a ready and accessible food source
- Our built environment can actually help rodents move around easier
How to be rid of rats and mice
It will almost impossible to completely eradicate rodents from the British isle but, it is possible to eradicate them from your garage, outbuilding, home, feeding barns and other areas of your property of them and, more importantly, control them.
There are many methods available to the professional pest controller, than those available to you to buy over-the-counter from laying poison to trapping them.
The issue with using poison is that is needs to be done responsibly so that other domestic animals, wild life and your family do not inadvertently come across it, and are poisoned by it. Pest controllers are not only trained in the safe use of pesticides and insecticides, but they also know how rodents behave – for example, they are instantly suspicious of something ‘new’ in their area or space, and will therefore avoid it. As a result, just setting a trap or laying poison is only half the solution!