Rats and Mice

(Rodentia)

Mice and rats can spread diseases such as salmonellosis and Weil's disease. They damage properties by chewing and contamination foodstuffs with uring, hair and droppings.

How did the problem occur?

Rodents often retreat indoors to find sufficient food and nesting materials. They have large curved incisors in both upper and lower jaws, which they use to chew through a range of materials. These teeth grow continuously and are worn down by gnawing on hard materials. Mice and juvenile rats can fit through holes as small as 5mm, and will often follow gaps around cabling and pipe work into and around a property.

What does our treatment involve?

  • Normally three visits are done, which are spread 2-3 weeks apart.

  • First (INITIAL) visit:

    Inspection - We will assess the extent of rodent activity levels and locate possible entry points as well as the source of the infestation.

    Advice - We will advise on what YOU need to do to prevent further infestations, including proofing (blocking of holes) and housekeeping (see ‘Further Advice’).

    Baiting
  • Assessment has been undertaken, we will place rodenticide poison in tamper-resistant bait boxes to prevent children or pets from accessing it.
  • The bait must be taken 3-4 times before it takes effect. It may take a week or two until a noticeable reduction in activity is seen. This is for health and safety reaons, and also to stop rodents becoming cautious of the bait.
  • The bait boxes MUST be left untouched. If you touch them, you will leave your scent on them and this may permanently deter rodents from going into them.
  • Second (FOLLOW-UP) visit:

    About 2-3 weeks after that initial visit, a follow-up visit should be undertaken.
    During this visit we will:
  • Inspect the placed bait boxes and record how much poison has been eaten.
  • Determine whether more or less baiting is required.
  • Re-assess proofing / housekeeping that was previously advised.
  • Third (FINAL) visit:

    Approximately 2-3 weeks after the follow up visit we will re-attend for a final visit.
    This visit we will:
  • Perform a final check of the property to see if any further action can be taken.
  • Inspect the placed bait boxes and record poison take.
  • Remove the placed bait boxes and any loose hazardous waste from them.


  • Further information

    If you would like a free quote or have any questions then please get in touch.

    The bait we use is an indirect anticoagulant; Vitamin K (Phytomenadione) is antidotal.

    You can download our client information sheet for rodent control and other pest control services here

    We use a range of products for rodent control. If you are concerned about any of them, please click the relevant link below to download the relevant safety data sheet

  • Romax Muskil Pasta
  • Romax Muskil Wheat
  • Black Pearl
  • Ratimor Bromadiolone Pasta
  • Ratimor Brodifacoum Pasta
  • Ratimor Difenacoum Pasta
  • Other Pests

    Vole

    These are commonly confused with brown rats due to their similar physical characteristics. Voles can occassionally enter buidlings but normally live in outdoor burrows. They are harmless and no treatment is necessary.

    Squirrells

    Hearing noises in your loft? It could be squirrells instead of rats. Make sure you have no holes in your roofspace to ensure you don't get a squirrel problem.

    Foxes

    Opportunistic feeders and causing an increasing problem in urban areas. If you are having issues then make sure to make it less attractive for them such as putting waste into plastic or metal containers, digging in burrows and even improving your fencing.

    Unsure what it is?

    Not sure what the problem is? Drop us an email or simply post us an undamaged sample with your contact details and our biologists can identify it for you!