Tag Archives: rodent
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.

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.

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.