Rodent Control manchester

Effective Rodent Control:

Every business, organisation or property owner in the UK has a legal and regulatory requirement to ensure that their environments are kept pest free. In the case of rodents especially, an infestation can have a serious effect on your business’s reputation as well as financial, material and legal costs. You need to be able to demonstrate that you are looking after not only your own staff, premises and goods, but also public health in general, and an effective rodent control contract with Protec Pest Control can do exactly that.

Rats, mice and other rodents can pose a serious health threat as well as a physical threat to goods and property. They are known to carry and spread several dangerous diseases such as Salmonella, E.coli and Tuberculosis, as well as spreading parasites such as fleas and ticks. The risk to public health from a rodent infestation is not to be underestimated and is of particular concern to any property or business in the food preparation or storage sector as legal and regulatory action can result in the closure of your business.

Additionally, rats and mice are renowned for causing physical damage to goods and properties due to their feeding and waste habits, as well as their constant need to gnaw on materials to prevent their teeth from growing too large.

Here at Protec Pest Control, we can offer several long-term control and removal contracts, all of which are fully HACCP compliant. The first visit from one of our technicians will always involve an initial comprehensive audit of your premises. This is designed to identify current or potential rodent infestations on your premises and the standard of pest management currently in place. Not only will our technicians deal with any immediate issues, but they will also provide guidance and options on preventing further issues, as well as arranging future management contracts with you. This can involve regular audits and checks as well the creation of pest management programs specific to your business.

Identifying Rats:

The most commonly identified rat species in the UK that forms the greatest risk to your business or premises is the Brown rat. All rats are easily identifiable by their large size and hairless tails, though the less common Black Rat will be significantly smaller than the more common Brown species. Rats have excellent senses of smell, taste and hearing, and are expert climbers able to reach most areas and fit into small gaps or cracks. They are able to produce 10 to 12 litters of babies a year, and can breed from a young age. It is therefore imperative to deal with a problem quickly before population numbers escalate to out-of-control levels.

They are omnivorous and can eat pretty much anything that humans can eat or throw away. They will always try and nest close to food sources and are mainly active at night.

As well as the health risk that rats pose, they can also cause significant damage to property through their constant need to gnaw in order to control the growth of their teeth. They will chew on cables, exposed brickwork, woodwork or pipes and have been known to cause fires or flooding due to the gnawing actions. Any signs of a rat infestation can have a disastrous effect on a business’s reputation.

Identifying Mice:

While there are several species of mice in the UK, only two are considered to be a true problem pest – the House and the Field Mouse. Of these two types, the House Mouse poses the greater issue to urban premises and is more likely to be found causing problems.

The House Mouse is significantly smaller than a rat and will be light grey or brown in colour. The tail will often be furred and is normally the same length as the body of the mouse itself. Like rats, they are excellent climbers and prolific breeders and can be found in a wide variety of urban premises. They will usually create nests using fabric or material that they can strip away, and damage to furnishings, clothes or fabrics in storage is often one of the early signs of a mouse problem.

While they do prefer cereals and grains, mice are not fussy eaters and are capable of digesting the majority of human foodstuffs. They are very dependent on humans not only for sources of stored food, but also for the shelter and warmth that our buildings can provide.

The Field Mouse will usually be the main source of rodent problems for rural premises such as farms or storage areas – in high numbers they can cause significant damage to crops and property and can breed as quickly as their urban cousins. Field Mice are usually a sandy brown in colour and will have noticeably larger eyes.

In both cases, the risk to health is the same as with a rat infestation – mice can carry similar diseases and parasites, and will spread their urine and faeces as they move around. Similarly, they also need to gnaw and can cause the same damage to property as rats can.

Controlling The Problem:

Prevention is key and we would always recommend taking the following actions;

  • Eliminate potential entry points (e.g. gaps in doors, floor vents).
  • Keep outside areas clean and tidy.
  • Ensure drains are properly covered and in a good state of repair.
  • Keep bins covered at all times. Use wheelie bins rather than plastic bags.
  • If you feed garden birds make sure this is done in such a way as food is not left scattered and might attract rats or mice

The most important thing to do is to contact us here at Protec Pest Control as soon as possible – our skilled technicians have the training, equipment and experience to deal with any rodent problem effectively as well as to help you prevent further problems. All treatments used are fully licenced and compliant with all regulatory bodies, and are highly effective.

Dealing with any infestation quickly is key as both mice and rats will breed quickly if left alone – a higher population is harder to deal with and can cause far more damage so speed is of the essence.

Protec Pest Control are fully accredited by the British Pest Control Association and approved by Safecontractor and Trading Standards. Our treatments conform to the highest regulatory and safety
standards and our technicians can visit at a time suitable for you.

You can contact us via our website or via telephone on 0161 448 1782 to arrange a visit and treatment as soon as possible. We cover the entire Manchester and Stockport areas and will be more than happy to provide you with fast, efficient and cost-effective treatments and advice.

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