Christmas is a time for friends & family enjoying food and drink and making memories together. However family and friends are not the only ones looking for access to your home at Christmas!
As the weather turns colder and wetter there are many animals and insects looking for shelter in your cosy homes and of course all that yummy Christmas food is inviting them even more into your warm dry home.
Mice can find their way inside through the smallest of cracks or holes in your exterior brickwork. They are highly adept at squeezing into these tiny spaces to make their way into your home. Commonly found in kitchen areas mice can also gnaw their way in and then make their way through your food stuff – Generally unseen until it’s too late. Suddenly you may hear some scratching noises Or you may see some tiny little rice sized droppings in your food cupboards or indeed holes in food packets or gnawed pieces of food. It’s important to know that mice are totally incontinent and every single place that they have been will have been touched by mice urine. As you can imagine this leaves you with a huge cleaning job as well as working out how to catch them and indeed where they have gained access.
Bear in mind that mice are social creatures and often where there is one mouse there are a dozen! They are also able to reproduce within around 21 days so you can imagine with an average of 10 pups each your house can quickly and easily be overcome by these pests.
There are many traps, pesticides and advice available online, however to ensure a thorough job is done and that these tenacious mice do not return into your home your best advice is to call our friendly pest control service.
Similarly rats are also looking for shelter at this time and they can smell food from a very long distance away. Imagine all of those yummy Christmas treats! mince pies, chocolates, cheeses , Christmas pudding!! they will definitely be after some of that. As with mice, Rats can also be identified by scratching noises, items being gnawed and by their droppings, which are more the size of a jellybean – much bigger than mouse droppings!
Again the only advice for dealing with rats is to call our professionals. They are not creatures to be dealt with by amateurs!