Rodent Control Services in Edinburgh
Our organisation provides rodent control and eradication services across Edinburgh, both for domestic can commercial premises. The most common species of pest rodents are mice and rats. Both pose a high health risk to the public as they carry and transmit diseases to humans.
There are many prevention methods you can take to reduce the risk of a rodent infestation, although established invasions should be left to professional pest controllers. Our team of quality established technicians are experienced in the removal and eradication of rodents across Scotland.
Rodent Control FAQ
There are three reasons why rodents are attracted to our homes and commercial properties, searching for food, shelter and a place to nest. Usually during the winter months, we will notice rats and mice trying to gain entry within our homes to seek shelter from the colder weather. Due to their small sizes, mice can gain access to a property through ground-level openings or from underneath, below ground. Commonly, these openings are at low levels such as vents or cavities within the buildings structure. You may also notice mice outside in the garden during the winter, although this is common and shouldn’t be much of a cause for concern if they are unable to enter your home or causing damage to sheds or garages.
The reason mice and rat infestations are dangerous to humans is due to the amount of illness and disease they spread. Rodents can in fact transmit over 35 diseases to humans, greatly putting our health and wellbeing at risk. Unless being handled and therefore provoked, mice and rats do not usually bite. However, it is possible for a rodent bite to dispense infection through the animal’s saliva. The main form of disease transmission comes from the many parasites and bacteria the rodent carries through its coat and legs. Many diseases can also be contracted through the inhalation and contact with rodent droppings and urine. The Hantavirus is a particularly life-threatening disease to humans, spread by rodents. It is believed that humans can contract this disease just by coming into contact with contaminated dust from mice droppings and nesting materials. In a course of one day’s worth of rummaging, a rat can deliver up to 50, half inch droppings.
The most common ways to detect a rodent problem within your property includes noticing droppings, urine, gnaw marks and nesting materials. With large infestations, the smell of urine will be present which has been described to have a strong, musky odour. To differentiate, rat droppings are shiny, black in colour and vary between ½ an inch to ¾ of an inch long. Mouse droppings on the other hand are considerably smaller and tend to usually have pointed ends. You can also identify the difference between the rodent from the chew marks located throughout the property. Typically, rat teeth marks are 1/8 of an inch long, whereas smaller, scratchier marks indicate the presence of mice. Unbeknown to many pet owners, the signs of distress in dogs and cats can indicate a rodent invasion within your home. Particularly at night, when mice and rats are most active, your dog or cat may appear unsettled as they notice the scratching and scurrying of rodents within walls and beneath floorboards. Pay close attention to your animals’ behaviour to contribute towards the assessment of a rodent problem.
What should I do if I suspect a rodent problem?
If you suspect you and your home are victim to a rodent invasion, you should take extra precautions to protect your home from an infestation establishing. Always keep food containers sealed and stored up high off of the floor. Remove waste regularly and keep any garbage bags or bins as tidy as possible. Whilst even the cleanest of homes are vulnerable to a rodent invasion, general hygiene will contribute to the removal process. Mop up any food spillages immediately and keep pet food bowls covered or stored away when not in use. Block up any cavities in the building’s exterior to prevent access for further pests and eliminate potential nesting sites such as firewood storage in garages and sheds. If you have food producing trees and plants, regularly pick up fallen fruit to prevent decaying food settling in your garden, as this will attract rats and mice.
The best way to fully understand the extent of a rodent invasion is to contact one of our experienced technicians, who will assess and investigate the situation and plan the best course of action required. We understand that a rodent infestation can be quite distressing for both home and business owners, so we strive to provide dignified, efficient service to quickly eradicate the problem. We have a variety of techniques and methods to resolve your rodent issues and prevent future invasions. Our experienced pest controllers are familiar with rodent behaviours and qualities, allowing us to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. Once the rodent invasion has been eliminated, we will be happy to provide you with prevention methods, pest control management and the installation of rodent proofing technology. We have access to the newest, state of the art products on the market. Your technician will assess and evaluate what will be the most effective method for protecting your property from rodents in the future.