Rat, Mice, Rodent, Mammal ECT Pest Control Grantham, Melton Mowbray, Oakham
Local Pest Control Company provides Mammal control services across Grantham, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Leicester and the surrounding areas.
As rabbit control has been the mainstay of our business for the last 37 years; we have published a separate website to handle enquires for this service.
To become the target of a rat infestation must be one to the worse things imaginable to some people. They are unsightly, unsanitary and more than a little scary.
There are two main types of a rat in the UK, the black rat and the brown rat. It is the brown rat that most people come in contact with and which is the perpetrator of most domestic and commercial infestations.
They carry all sorts of diseases and pose a severe health hazard to everyone who comes in contact with an area frequented by rats. Humans can catch a wide range of illnesses from them including the often fatal Weil's disease. They have also been linked to the spread of Foot and Mouth and Swine Flu and are also synonymous with the spread of The Black Death during the 14th century.
Rats cause a great deal of damage to every area they choose to inhabit. This is due to their need to frequently gnaw on hard objects to wear down their constantly growing front teeth. This results in damage to all sorts of areas of a building such as pipework, brickwork, foundations and electrical wiring. The latter is potentially creating a fire hazard.
Rats can reproduce at an alarming rate. One pair can have as many as six litters per year containing between six and fourteen offspring. The young reach maturity at three months and then start producing litters of their own.
The signs that you have a rat infestation are many and varied. They can range from damage to areas such as gnawed woodwork, the sight of droppings (these are dark brown and about the size of a sultana), footprints, evidence of burrowing and the sound of scurrying in wall cavities and loft spaces.
Due to the rate at which rats reproduce, should you suspect that you have a problem, you must seek professional help as soon as possible.
As with most pests, one of the reasons that rats frequent an area is the presence of an easily accessible food supply. During our visit, as well as putting down poisoned bait stations and traps, we will advise on how to prevent a reinfestation by rat-proofing the premises.
Due to the extremely invasive nature of a rat infestation, it will take at least two visits to the site for us to completely eradicate the problem.
Mice can find their way through the smallest of gaps and quickly make their home in your home. They breed extremely prolifically, they have a gestation period of just six weeks and can produce eight litters per year each comprising about 16 young. The newborns will reach maturity within eight to ten weeks and then start producing their offspring. It doesn't take a maths genius to be able to work out that, within a concise space of time, the couple of mice that moved into your home just a short while ago, have now become quite a crowd.
As is the case with most rodents, due to the life-long growth of their front teeth, they must constantly gnaw on hard surfaces to keep their front teeth short. This need can result in a considerable amount of damage to the structure and contents of any building, and they have often been attributed with the blame for electrical fires.
The the harm they can cause is not limited to the premises they invade. Mice carry a wide range of diseases that can be picked up by anybody coming in contact with their urine or faeces. The most common of which is food poisoning, depending on the size of the infestation, a minimum of two visits to the site will be required. We use a one-Step poison in secure boxes, so it is perfectly safe from inquisitive little fingers and, as it contains an additive that makes it taste bitter, it is unpalatable to pets. However, you must ensure that your rodent type pets (hamsters, gerbils, pet rats, guinea pigs etc.,) are kept clear of the bait boxes as they will find the poison irresistible as will the mice.
Moles, though numerous throughout the UK, are rarely seen. However, the results of their tunnelling are all too apparent in an area that is made up of suitable soil.
While molehills are unsightly and can cause much consternation to keen gardeners or greenkeepers, the tunnels themselves, usually just below the surface, can be extremely dangerous to both humans and heavy-footed domestic and agricultural animals such as horses, cows and sheep.
There are only two ways to get rid of a mole effectively; that is by trapping it or by gassing it. On our first visit, we will assess each situation on its merits and advise on the best way to deal with the problem.
Grey squirrels are considered to be a pest. Should one take up residence in your loft space, you will soon find yourself with considerable damage to your roof timbers and electrical wiring. Like all rodents, they have to constantly gnaw solid surfaces to grind down their continually growing front teeth.
Even if squirrels remain outside in the trees where they belong, they can still be an enormous nuisance by chewing away at the bark of trees, exposing the trunks to disease and eating new shoots on saplings. An area of woodland that has a high squirrel population can soon become decimated.
During our initial visit to the site, we will inspect to ascertain the entry points being used by the squirrels to gain access and then suggest ways to secure their entry points to prevent reinfestation. However, this work must be delayed until after we have confirmed that all the squirrels have been dealt with. This is because, once squirrels have occupied an area, should they find their access barred, they will make all attempts to regain entry and, in so doing, possibly cause more damage that will need to be repaired after our work is done.
As it is an offence to release grey squirrels into the wild we have no choice but to humanely dispatch them according to the rules laid down by the General Licence governing pest control. This can be carried out in one of two ways. We can either trap them and then dispose of them or use a one-step poison.
When using a trap, it is a requirement that the trap is inspected every day - generally, this is carried out by the client When it is found that a squirrel has been caught, the client must inform us, and we will arrange a time to call and remove the squirrel. Should it be that the trap is in a place where the client is unable to inspect it themselves, we can arrange to visit the site every day as is required by law.
If it is decided that the best option is the use of poison, we will set poisoned bait traps and then return about one week later to inspect both the bait and the area of occupation. By doing so, we will be able to ascertain if there is still any squirrel activity and, should we find any dead squirrels, we will remove and dispose of them accordingly.