Rodents Pest Control in Essex
The word rodent originates from the latin word rodere meaning ‘to gnaw’.
Even though many different animals are known as rodents such as a guinea pig, there are only 3 main and common rodents we regard as a pest which are rats, mice and grey squirrels.
Rats can gnaw through any material and are persistent when trying to gain access to your home or business. If they manage to get in, they can quickly spread disease, cause structural and reputational damage and can contaminate food, which is why it is vital to get a rat infestation treated as quickly as possible and Bens Bugs are here to help you!
Common signs of a rat infestation;
– Grease marks around the skirting boards or walls
– Holes or nests – Brown rats are more likely to dig or burrow for shelter and nesting whereas other types of rat will shred paper, cardboard or insulation to make a nest
– Gnaw marks – this can be on any type of material if they are trying to gain access and can be noticeable on electrical cables and wiring.
– Sighting – Unfortunately, if you have seen one the rest of the family aren’t too far away!
Common places rat will be are;
– Loft spaces
– Kitchens – they like an appliance where it is nice and warm
– Suspended ceilings or cavity walls
– Drains/Drain Pipes
If you believe you have a rat infestation, call us today and our engineer will be able to advise on the best treatment plan to get rid of the rats using suitable forms of rodenticide.
A mouse is a small mammal, part of the order of the rodents and are of the most common rodents within the UK.
Like rats, they pose a health risk and need to be treated as soon as possible and Bens Bugs can do just that!
Common signs of mice;
– Grease marks around skirting boards and walls
– Scratching – mice are most active at night therefore listen for noises under floorboards, ceiling, basements and lofts at night time
– Nesting – shredding of soft materials such as napkins or paper
– Sighting – If you are seeing activity, it is likely the rest of the family aren’t far away!
– Ammonia like smell – Mice frequently urinate and can create an ammonia like smell throughout the property
Common places mice will be are;
– Roof spaces/lofts
– Under floorboards
– Wall cavities/suspended ceilings
FUN FACTS about mice…
– They eat up to 20 times per day and can eat up to 20% of their own weight
– They are curious explorers but they do not travel more than about 20 feet from their nest
– Mice do not live alongside rats and are afraid of the bigger rodent! So it is very unlikely you will have a rat and a mice infestation at the same time