Chances are that you don’t spend much time thinking about rodents. For most of us, this is something that only crops up if and when we think we might have an infestation.
While it may seem logical to simply deal with the problem when it arises, there are actually some very good reasons why it’s important to prevent an outbreak from occurring in the first place.
Rodents can cause damage you may not notice
By the time you notice you have rats or mice running around the place, they probably will have already caused a significant amount of damage. There are a number of ways rodents can cause damage which easily goes unnoticeable including:
• Gnawing and burrowing into upholstered furniture (they may go through the back so you wouldn’t notice unless you moved the item)
• They tunnel into insulation inside walls and attics
• They chew insulation around wires
• Rodents can squeeze through surprisingly small spaces but if they spot a hole on the outside of your property and it’s not quite big enough for them to get through, they will chew on it until it is – causing damage to the structure of your home
• The more hidden away and undisturbed an area is, the more likely a rodent is to make itself at home. They generally do everything they can to avoid human contact so by the time you notice an infestation, chances are they’ve already been there for a while
They’re a fire hazard
Rodents are very intelligent when it comes to finding crafty ways to navigate their way inside and then making your home theirs without you even noticing. Unfortunately however, they’re not smart enough to know that chewing through electrical wires is a huge fire hazard.
Mice will even build their nests in large electrical appliances while chewing on or through insulation and wiring. This can cause the appliance to short circuit or malfunction, leading to the risk of fire.
They’re a big health risk
One of the main reasons people dislike rodents so much is because of the number of diseases they carry. Sharing your home or office with rats and mice exposes you to a number of potential health problems including:
• Weil’s disease
• Rat Bite Fever
• Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)
These diseases can be spread in a number of ways including through the handling of these creatures regardless of whether they’re dead or alive, by coming into contact with rodent faeces, urine or saliva, by being bitten by a mouse or rat or through fleas, ticks or mites which have fed on an infected rodent.
New regulations have changed external baiting laws
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) has introduced new guidelines which will change the way pesticides are used outside.
Up until now, rodenticides have simply been placed outside buildings in an attempt to capture unwanted rodents and prevent them from entering properties. This has been shown to have a grave effect on untargeted wildlife however so from now on, everyone from pest controller to farmers and gamekeepers will need to adhere to the following regulations:
• Only use rodenticide baits for the minimum period that will achieve control
• Always follow guidelines which have been laid out on the product label
• Keep records of all treatments
• Keep site plans or a location list so that external bait stations can be identified
• A record of the quantity of bait which has been used should always be kept
• Checking for and disposing of dead rodents
• Site inspections should be carried out to assess current activity
• Areas of a site which pose a risk of ingress by foraging rodents should be highlighted
• An Environmental Risk Assessment should be carried out before any job is completed
• Recommendations for any improvements which can be made externally to reduce the likelihood of rodent infestations occurring should be provided
For more information about how you can rodent-proof your property, please feel free to contact Prokill and we will be more than happy to help.
If you think that you might have a mouse infestation, more information can be found here. Alternatively, please feel free to give Prokill a call or contact us online and we can get you booked in for a free, no obligation pest audit.