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Merry Christmas from Abate!

20 Dec

During the Christmas period it is inevitable that there will be extra food or scraps left over in your home, so make sure you don’t attract any unwanted pests this year.

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At Abate we recommend that you wrap any extra food to be saved properly and stored away in an air tight location such as a tub or in the fridge. If you do have any food waste make sure you dispose of it correctly as there is a chance it could attract rats or mice.

It’s not just food that attracts rodents into our homes. A cold snap will drive them into buildings in search of shelter.

Our team of qualified pest control technicians have dealt with many cases of rodent infestations. This experience has enabled us to build up an in-depth knowledge of rodents and how to deal with them in the best way. Whether it’s at home or within the workplace, we will be able to provide you with expert advice on rodent control as well as the best way to handle an infestation.

Here’s a few tips on how to avoid a problem with rats and mice:

  • Block gaps and holes – A gap under your door, pipe holes in walls, overhanging trees, cables or even a door left ajar can encourage rodents into your home.
  • Keep it clean and tidy – Rodent control starts with good housekeeping. Rubbish and overgrown vegetation should be completely removed from the outside of your home or commercial building.
  • Protect your food – Loose open foods should be kept in rodent-proof containers, denying them access to your food and any contamination. Rodents such as rats or mice may also go for your pet’s food so make sure that their food is not left out all day.

Our Christmas opening times

We close for Christmas at 2pm on the 23rd December 2016.

Back open again from 8am on the 29th and 30th December 2016.

Closed other days before and after.

Back to normal opening 3rd January 2017.

If you find an unwanted furry friend sitting on your doorstep, just give us a call on 01953 603390. You can also visit our website for more information.

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Rats and mice

18 Oct

As the weather starts to get colder this time of year is when animals like mice and rats start to become more of a problem to homeowners and businesses.

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As the autumn progresses into the winter months these pests can become an increasing problem. They both present a serious threat to health and property. Mice enter houses and business premises looking for food, water and shelter and rats are seen more frequently in gardens.

Rats carry and transmit a number of serious diseases and mice contaminate everything they come into contact with as they constantly urinate. As well as the potential health issues, rodents can cause damage to furnishings, internal structures, insulation and wiring. Chewing wiring is a particular problem – it can lead to fires and be expensive to repair.

Because of their biology they can present a challenge to control and if you suspect that you have either in or around your home you should call in the professionals to ensure you deal with the problem quickly and effectively. Rodents reproduce rapidly meaning a rodent problem can quickly escalate into a major infestation. Rodents also don’t hibernate during the winter actively seeking warmth and quickly begin reproducing. So it pays to be vigilant.

Signs you have a rodent problem

Rats (and mice) are most active during the night therefore it is often easier to spot the signs of a rat infestation than the actual animal.

  • Droppings – rat droppings are dark brown, about 12mm long and often tapered at one end, Mice droppings are about half the size and thinner.
  • You may find dirty marks where grease and dirt on their bodies has left dirty black marks along well travelled routes.
  • Rats are agile climbers and often found in lofts so you might hear scratching noises at night.
  • Rats dig extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting, so look out for holes.
  • Rats will shred whatever material is available to them such as loft insulation, cardboard and other soft items to make nests.
  • Rodents need to gnaw continuously to keep their incisor teeth short. So watch out for teeth marks.its-time-for-mice-to-move-in

If you have heard scratching noises or spotted any of the signs above, you could potentially have a rodent infestation. It’s important to act quickly to make sure any potential infestation doesn’t spread any further.

Keep rodents away

Preventing the problems rodents cause can be easier than trying to control an infestation. Here are few simple steps that could save you from the problems rodents can cause:

  • Rodents will be attracted to your property if they can detect potential food sources.
  • Don’t throw scraps of food outside.
  • Fewer waste bin collections are increasing the likelihood of more rats. Make sure that all food waste is securely wrapped and stored in the appropriate bin at all times.
  • Repair any small holes in brickwork and holes in outside walls, floorboards or skirting boards.
  • Tidy up cupboards and remove any potential nesting material.

Rat control for businesses

It’s not just homeowners that can face rodent problems at this time of year. Any business can also face a rat problem. For some businesses though, like those who serve or handle food, a rat infestation can have major health and safety implications. Rodents can also present a serious fire risk to a company by gnawing through cables.

Call in the professionals

If you are in any doubt as to whether you have a rodent problem, call in the professionals. Don’t give the pests a chance to breed and become a major infestation.

Only a professional rodent control programme can provide reassuring protection from the risk of rats and mice on your premises. With our many years of experience we have an in-depth knowledge of rats and mice and how to deal with them.

If you think you have a rodent infestation please call Abate Pest Management now on 0800 980 9609 speak to our experts about our fast, effective rodent control treatments. You can also visit our website for more information.