rats, mice & rodents
spread disease, damage property and contaminate food
Once in your home, they often present a fire hazard by gnawing on electric cabling and may introduce parasites like fleas, lice and ticks that can cause serious illnesses. Just one pair of rats shed more than a million body hairs every year and can leave 50,000 droppings!
spotting signs of infestation
Because rats and mice are most active between dusk and dawn, it's more common to spots signs of the problem, rather than the animals themselves, so inspect the roof space for visible signs of habitation... most commonly, their droppings and gnaw damage.
Noise is often the first indication of an infestment. Lofts and attics present an ideal environment for rodents, and any tell-tale sounds should be investigated quickly.
Whilst baiting is the most cost effective treatment, we can lay humane traps and return to remove the rodents alive. Based on a combination of trapping and baiting, the most common treatment would normally require two visits, one week apart. Or; we can supply the traps and leave you to effect the releases, but care must be taken when handling and the release point must be at least two miles away!
rodent pest cost guide
Within 10 miles of Llanelli; £40
Over 10 miles from Llanelli; £50
Within 10 miles of Llanelli; £40
More than 10 miles from Llanelli; £50
Rodenticides can be lethal to any mammal or bird that directly ingests the bait, or feeds on the remains of a poisoned rodent.
Alpha Pest Control's safe, effective and affordable solutions can help you rodent-proof your home including the use of approved bait boxes and common sense advice to ensure the health of your pets.
One of the first signs of a rodent ingress is likely to be scratching noises heard in attic the space. In the case of a rat ingress it is very common to smell a very strong, ammonia like, smell from where the rats have marked their territory. Coupled with this there will be droppings.
Brown rat droppings are themselves brown in colour and look like a large grain of rice, about 1.5cm long with blunt ends. These are more likely to be found outside or downstairs as they are not good climbers like their black cousins.
Black rat droppings are darker in colour and are smaller than brown rat faeces, about a centimetre long with tapered ends.
Squirrel droppings are cylindrical with round edges, a little less than 1cm long and brown/red in colour.
Mice droppings can be easily recognised by their size, between 25mm and 40mm, brown or black in colour, very often tapered at one end but can also be round.
Other ways of identifying rodents is to check for footprints in the dust in attic spaces or in fresh earth outside. Rats regularly use the same 'runs', easy to recognise on compacted earth or insulation and because of the oil in their skins very often you can see dark oily marks on walls or posts that they have brushed past.
If rodents are regularly being seen outside, check to see if there has been any fresh digging for holes, especially in banks or hedges.
Treating rodent problems
Dependant on the rodent's identified, a course of baiting with rodenticide is usually the most cost effective form of treatment. Trapping with live catch traps or kill traps can also be used but as all traps have to be checked on a daily basis this can become prohibitively expensive. In situations like farms, food outlets, workplaces etc, etc in order to stop the problem escalating we would recommend regular visits to manage and maintain a rodent free environment.
Preventing further rodent problems
It's never easy to completely stop rodent ingress, however, we would recommend that easily accessible foodstuffs are securely stored, reduce the amount of food fed to birds, chickens and outdoor pets, resulting in less waste and therefore less food for rodents to feed on. Securely store all domestic waste bags until ready for collection, rodents do not need a second invitation to check through your rubbish!