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Don’t let moles injure your players

27 Nov

MoleMoles can be a problem for both industry and private homes. The European (garden) mole cause significant damage to lawns, gardens, fairways and greens, sports grounds and public parks with their constant digging.

They can quickly become established, digging several hundred feet of runs and dozens of mole hills. In average garden or lawn soil a mole can dig 15ft (4m) an hour.  These mounds and ridges are the main cause of mole related problems as they can be unsightly but also pose a risk of injury to people especially in areas open to the public. This is a particular concern for local authorities and parish councils because of the threat of facing prosecution from injured members of the public.  People out walking their dogs, children playing in the park, teams using sports fields are all susceptible to potentially suffering injury. Mole hills can also cause damage to machinery.

At this time of the year when the rugby and football season is in full flight, moles represent a particular problem. A mole can invade a pitch and cause severe damage in a matter of hours – imagine coming to use your sports field only to find 50 mole hills!

Moles are solitary animals and very territorial about their area. They only come together to breed in March and May. So even a heavy infestation is likely to mean no more than 8 moles per hectare (3 per acre) even in areas with good soil and plenty of earthworms.

At Abate Pest Management we offer a trapping or gassing service for moles. These are the only 100% effective legal methods of control of moles. Due to the strict laws against releasing illegal chemicals into the soil it isn’t recommended to try and control a mole problem yourself.

If we use traps they will be checked daily. We can provide contracts and maintenance programmes for industries and organisations where possible prosecution is a real possibility. We can also provide technical support and advice over the phone. If you  have a mole problem that needs urgent attention call Abate Pest Management.

8 Nov

ratsRats – a fire hazard

Most people want to get rid of rats from their property because of the health hazard they pose. However, rats and other rodents also pose another, deadly hazard.

As winter approaches rats, mice and even squirrels can take up residence in homes and commercial buildings. Through their constant gnawing they can pose a serious fire hazard as they chew through electrical wires and cables.

As pest control experts we are often called in to deal with rodent pest problems. However, it’s all too easy to miss the tell-tale signs of a rodent problem until it’s too late and a major infestation has taken hold. In these cases, while we can place traps and baits around the property there’s no telling how much unseen damage the rodents have already wreaked on the property.

Anyone who has had a major rodent problem should seek advice from a qualified electrician. They will be able to check all the cabling and wiring in the property and make sure all are safe.

Many house fires have been traced back to rodents damaging wires in lofts and attics.  It’s worth inspecting these areas regularly – especially if you’ve had a rodent problem in other areas of the property. It’s all too easy to ignore these areas and a fire that starts here can have a devastating effect with potentially fatal results.

Wires that have been chewed by Rats

Wires that have been chewed by Rats

While dealing rapidly with a rodent problem as soon as you are aware of it is important it’s also vital to be pro-active and do everything you can to avoid rodents entering your property in the first place.

Rodents are opportunists and will gain access to a building wherever they can. A gap under a door, pipe holes in walls, overhanging trees and cables or even a door left ajar.

At Abate we take a proactive approach to controlling rodents by offering advice on how to make your premises less attractive to rodents.

If you live in a home or have a business prone to rodent problems, it’s worth considering one of our maintenance programmes.  This will include regular inspections throughout the year when we will check, replenish or relocate any bait or look for signs of new infestations to keep your home or business protected.

Tips for keeping your property rodent free:

·         Keep your property (including the loft and attic) clean.

·         Seal any possible entries to the building.

·         Keep rubbish bins tidy and covered.

·         Replace broken drain covers.

We have many years’ experience in dealing with rodents and can remove any pests you may have and make your property less attractive to rodents in the future.

If you think you may have a rodent problem, don’t delay.

Call us free on 0800 980 9767.

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.


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.

Rodents causing mayhem to vehicles, not just buildings

18 Mar

At Abate Pest Management, we have recently seen an increase in customer enquiries regarding rats and mice.

A customer earlier this month found they had mice chewing cables in the engine of their Mercedes Benz and the car broke down not long afterwards due to the damage caused by the rodents.

Even though the car was under warranty, this problem was not covered and Mercedes charged the customer for the repairs to his vehicle. When they thought the problem had been solved, their second car was also attacked by mice! They were found eating and living in the leather seats of the second car, and had chewed the washer wiping pipes in the car.

Our skilled team of technicians at Abate Pest Management also recently helped a local car dealership with rodents they found at their property. The rats had damaged a vehicle and service equipment on site. Our team fully eradicated the problem and left the client advice on how to keep the rodents at bay. This job shows the importance of commercial properties regularly assessing their properties for the presence of rodents.


A recent article by Popular Mechanics stated – “Animals take shelter and live in automobiles more often than you might think. In the frigid winter your car, insulated from predators and the cold, can be especially alluring to rodents and other critters… They chew on wires, and then the bare wires touch each other and short things out… They like to chew near their nest or shelter, so it could be in a tight, hidden area where you don’t usually think of looking for a problem or a short. I’ve seen animals chew through the main harness, essentially a car’s lifeline of wires… And then the car won’t run at all…

If you would like any help with the control of rodents or a free site audit. Call our team of expert pest control technicians on 0800 980 9609. Additionally, pop to our rodent control page on our website today to find out more.

Abate take on Non Toxic bait for rodent monitoring.

21 Dec

We were recently interviewed by industry leading Pest Control News about the use of of Non Toxic bait for rodent monitoring.

Non Toxic Bait

You can download the magazine here.

Visit our rodent control page on our website here.


Emergency Pest Control Norwich

10 Sep

Abate Pest Management were called into action this morning to catch a rat that managed to get inside a fridge within a Norwich house.  The whole incident was completed within two hours of call out.  Take a look at our rat control service page on our website.


Rat Treatment in Norwich

25 Mar

Our second Pest Control Norwich feature is all about rat treatment.

Rats can cause thousands of pounds as they chew through electrical cable, pipework, woodwork and anything else that come in their way.

Rats can also carry many diseases that can be spread to humans. One of these is Weil’s Disease, which is passed on in rat urine. They can spoil large amounts of food by contaminating it with their droppings and urine. They can cause serious health issues.

Don’t leave food out for birds. Keep your bins shut. Make sure drains and manholes are not broken and that disused drains or toilets are sealed off.

Rodent control is vitally important and we recommend you have regular service inspections spread out over the course of the year. This allows your premises to have baits checked, replenished or relocated to areas where they will be most effective.

A standard contract entails eight service visits, carried out approximately six to seven weeks apart, over a twelve month period. This ensures that any surviving rodents from previous treatments or new litters are also dealt with.

Rat Treatment

Our Norwich location today is at the Royal Arcade in Norwich City Centre. The Royal Arcade was opened in 1899 and is a 247 foot long covered avenue.


Top Tips to Keep Rats and Mice away this Christmas

18 Dec

Unwanted guests this Christmas?

Read our top tips and thoughts on how to keep Rats and Mice away.

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Rats can cause serious issues to your business

6 Oct

As a  Pest Control company we don’t just carry out Rat control because of the diseases that carry, we also do it because of the damage these rodents can cause, ending up with your business having costly expenses.

We recently had a call from a Norfolk based company because Rats were on the premises and had chewed through this fibre optic cable. Not only did this cost several hundred pounds to fix the problem, which took the company a long time to source the damage they also lost phone communication and CCTV footage.  All in all probably a few thousand pounds was the expected bill.

Wires that have been chewed by Rats

Wires that have been chewed by Rats

This could of been prevented for the sake of a few hundred pounds or so by implementing an annual pro-active pest control solution.  This company has now taken out a pest control contract but I cannot help feeling the horse had already bolted.

If this could affect your business please give us a call we will be very happy to come along and conduct a free site survey. Our Pest Control Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire technicians are ready to help.

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Squirrel found to be infected with the plague

4 Aug

When you are out having a family walk and you spot a Squirrel most people would say “look over there it’s a lovely squirrel’. However if you are walking in parts of a national forest in California you may say “run it’s a squirrel”.

Why? Parts of the national forest have been evacuated and closed down after a squirrel was found to be infected with the plague. Have a full read of the BBC news story here.

Squirrels are classified as a rodent, the grey squirrel was introduced into the UK in the mid 19th century and has now become a major pest of forestry.


Photo: Jonathan White


Photo: Jonathan White


Photo: Jonathan White

Squirrels may enter buildings in search of food and shelter, which results in damage to products and structures. Under the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932 and the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, it’s illegal to release a grey squirrel into the wild.

In recent years, squirrels have developed a liking for loft areas in domestic and commercial properties. Once inside, they chew wires, make lots of noise, set off alarms and build nests out of loft insulation. It’s very difficult to live in harmony with these creatures should they gain entry into your buildings, and the situation usually requires attention by a professional pest control company.

Squirrels survive and adapt just as successfully as rats and mice, and require very similar control methods.

There are a variety of a live cage traps, baits or proofing measures that can be used. Please call us on 0800 980 9767 or visit our website.