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How to get rid of mice and rats?

Rats and mice may be tiny, but the problems they cause can be vast. Both of these rodent types can pose huge risks to health as well as causing significant damage to your property if left unchecked. What’s more, they breed quickly: what may start as a small issue can quickly escalate.

Read on to find out just how big a threat rats and mice can really be – and how best to eliminate the problem.

Understanding the threat of mice and rats

If you have a rodent infestation, it’s important that you get it under control with the right mice and rat pest control as soon as possible. They may be small, but these creatures pose significant threats: both to your health and to your property.

Rats and mice can both carry a number of diseases – including bacteria, viruses and worms. They can also be hosts for parasites like mites, fleas, lice and ticks, which can also cause illness.

Illnesses like Weil’s disease, hantavirus, salmonellosis and rat-bite fever can all be spread by rodents on your property. What’s more, they can trigger allergies and aggravate asthma, as well as contaminating your food and water sources.

But that’s not all. Another good reason for rat and mice pest control is to avoid damage to your property. With their gnawing and chewing, they can damage woodwork, insulation materials, plastic and even the electrics of your property, putting it at risk of structural damage and even fire. Their burrowing and nesting behaviours can result in issues with walls, foundations and ceilings, and they can even come in through your roof, potentially damaging gutters, roof tiles and loft insulation.

The solution is pest control. But should you do it yourself, or bring in professional pest control services?

DIY vs. Professional pest control

When researching how to get rid of mice and rats, you may be tempted to go for home remedies or store-bought solutions. After all, they’re the affordable choice and you’ll probably see people online saying that they’ve worked.

But do solutions like peppermint sprays and cayenne pepper – or shop-bought traps or poisons – really work?

In short, the answer is no. Rats and mice have become so used to living alongside humans that they’ve wised up to some of the most common tricks. Traps may have some success, but they don’t get to the heart of the issue: the nest.

If they’ve found a safe nesting spot, both rats and mice will often return to the same place. If you fail to destroy the nest, the problem is likely to continue. Even if you manage to trap one or two rodents, there will probably be far more still living in your property.

This is why it’s so important to opt for professional pest control services, to be sure that the problem is eliminated, and that entry points and sources of food and nesting materials are removed.

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Pest Stop Boys’ proven approach to rodent elimination

At Pest Stop Boys, we treat every rat and mouse infestation as unique. After a comprehensive assessment of the situation, we’ll create a personalised action plan for you to review: our suggested methods for both eliminating existing rodents and proofing against new arrivals.

The extermination techniques we choose are not only highly effective, they are also humane. What’s more, we will also choose non-toxic options wherever possible, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that the genuine inhabitants of your property will be safe.

It’s not over once the problem is treated, either. We’ll always offer post-treatment support, as well as guarantees of the quality of our work. We also offer advice and proofing methods to prevent future infestations.

Preventive measures for future infestations

There are many ways to reduce the likelihood that you’ll need further rat and mice pest control down the line.

Changing your sanitation practices can make a big difference: ensuring that food is stored correctly, keeping your property clear of rubbish and removing potential nesting sites in gardens can help. Certain home modifications can prevent them from entering: blocking up holes and cracks all around your property can make a big difference.

Being vigilant will also make a big difference. Regular inspections of your property – especially the areas like lofts and storage cupboards that may not often be used – will help you to spot early signs of mouse and rat infestations. Remember, these are creatures that can breed quickly: the sooner you can spot a potential problem and tackle it, the lower the risk to your health and your property.

Why Pest Stop Boys is the top choice for rodent issues

If you’re wondering how to get rid of mice and rats, you’ve come to the right place. At Pest Stop Boys we have a vast amount of expertise and experience in the field, successfully removing mice and rats from a wide variety of homes and commercial properties.

From our workmanship and quote accuracy to our tidiness and courtesy, our Checkatrade reviews from our clients speak for themselves. We pride ourselves on our reputation as reliable, trusted local pest control services. We know how distressing it is to find rats or mice on your property, and we’ll do what we can to resolve the issue as quickly as possible (often within 24 hours, if not sooner), and with minimal disruption.

We also know that toxicity is a concern for many, especially those with pets and/or children on their property. That’s why we are committed to safe and sustainable pest control practices: keeping you safe without any loss in efficacy.

To find out more about how to get rid of mice and rats with the help of Pest Stop Boys, get in touch.