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“Top tips to control a rodent infestation” – Terminix UK

Author: Simon Purchon

Rodents are very adaptable and highly adept at utilising opportunities. They will readily exploit any food source, breed quickly, live in any number of different harbourages and move around by running, climbing and swimming. It requires a skilled pest controller who understands rodent behaviour, to achieve fast and effective control.

Check for Existing Infestations

The first step is to have a thorough examination of your property to ensure that you don’t already have rodents present.

Things to look out for are:

  • Greasy tracks along the floor
  • Rodent droppings
  • Damaged / gnawed items
  • Holes that have appeared in walls or at the base of doors
  • A stale smell in the building with unidentified source
  • Live rodents

Remove Food Sources

Cold weather outside, means a lack of available food source for foraging rodents. So rodents have to look for new locations with a readily available food source to sustain them, meaning a trip indoors.

To prevent this from happening, ensure you:

  • Keep your external areas clean and tidy of any food source, so as not to attract rodents
  • Keep any kitchen waste (both internal and external) in containers with secure lids
  • Keep opened food items in thick plastic containers with tight-fitting lids
  • Clean up spilt items immediately
  • In kitchen areas, remove food from work surfaces and wash any dishes soon after use

Stop any more from gaining access

Rodents are very adaptable and have to be so in order to survive.  Not only are they excellent climbers, meaning they can enter properties via holes at height, but they can also squeeze through very small gaps thanks to their ‘collapsible’ hinged ribs.

Mice can manage to get into holes as small as 6mm X 9.5mm, with this increasing slightly to around 12mm X 18mm for a rat. So checking the perimeter and internal walls of your property for any gaps and holes that will allow rodents’ access is critical.

Common entry points include:

  • Unprotected weep holes
  • Gaps under doors and around windows
  • Poor door policies: leaving external doors open is the perfect invite for a foraging rodent.
  • Through drainage and soil pipes – both disused uncapped ones and current active ones
  • Through gaps around water pipes, electric cables and gas lines that penetrate external walls

Should you need expert advice then Terminix UK are on hand to provide you the support you need to identify any problems and provide solutions to resolve them quickly.

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