Rodent Pest Control
Rodent Infestation in Hampshire
Rats, mice and other rodents cause a lot more damage than you might realise. As well as potentially spreading harmful diseases like salmonella & listeria, their feeding habits are incredibly destructive and their nesting habits even more so. But despite this destructive behaviour, it’s often difficult to confirm a rodent infestation. They’re experts at hiding and often not seen until their numbers swell, causing the problem to become visible.
How can I tell if I have a rodent infestation?
Mice or rats on your property can be identified in a number of ways; the simplest and most obvious is their presence! If you spot even a single rodent, dead or alive, it could be symptomatic of a much larger problem, since they usually only venture out into the open once space becomes limited (due to an already increased population).
Another obvious sign of a mouse or rat infestation are droppings. Rodent droppings are a sure sign that the population is healthy and feeding… and growing!
Less obvious signs of infestation include dirt or grease marks along walls and floorboards. Tracks can also be seen in grass, so examine your garden for ‘rat runs’ – the paths rats carve out in grass when foraging for food.
Rodents will gnaw naturally on, well, anything. From food containers to cables, signs of gnawing are important to watch out for if you think you might have a mouse or rat infestation.
The final thing you can do is to check the dark, ignored corners of your property. Rodents will nest in lofts, wall cavities and under floorboards, so these spaces are especially important to keep an eye on. If you have a pet you may notice them paying particular attention to these areas, this is another useful indication that you might have a rodent problem on your hands.
What do I do if see any signs of a mouse or rat infestation?
Although rat poison and mouse traps are readily available for ‘DIY’ use, it is important rodent control is carried out in the most humane way possible. When you set traps or lay down poison yourself, not only can it be difficult to regulate safely, but it’s almost impossible to eradicate the entire infestation this way.
The best, and safest, way to eradicate a mouse or rat infestation is to hire a professional pest control company in Hampshire. At Shawyers our experience and expertise in dealing with rodent control, means you can be secure in the knowledge that the infestation will be dealt with adhering to the highest professional standards, in accordance with the BPCA’s guidelines.
Shawyers offers pest control services in Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Winchester and the surrounding areas. So if you have a rodent infestation in Hampshire our local team is perfectly placed to handle your problem quickly and efficiently.