While people are in quarantine and not frequenting restaurants and usually busy shopping areas, the flow of consumer waste has changed.

High traffic public areas which usually have rubbish bins overflowing are now drastically quiet and cleaner. As a result, the usual food sources for rodents are inadequate and they are having to adapt their eating habits.

Rodents are naturally neophobic which means they have a fear of and avoid new objects. It is recommended that bait boxes are put in situ before bait is added to allow the rodent to become familiar with the box or trap. Bait or poison is added later. However, when a rodent is starving the level of rat neophobia will be lower and they will be inclined to try new food. Rodents are eating foods and waste they would not normally eat and as a result are eating baits and poisons they previously avoided so this is a great time to get a pest controller in to control that rodent problem you have.

With restaurants and pubs mostly closed, commercial waste levels have also dropped dramatically. Residential bins however have more waste than normal due to the stockpiling and hoarding consumers have done over the past few weeks. There is over a billion pounds of extra food sitting in people’s homes at the moment. This means that rodents are targeting homes as their new food sources.

Rodents are primarily nocturnal animals but with their quest to find new food sources, rodents are being seen at all hours of the day.

We must not lose focus or diseases will spread

Even though we are all in the fight against coronavirus, we must not lose focus on the control of rodents who carry diseases, some of them deadly.

Some diseases rodents carry:

  • Leptospirosis (often referred to as Weil’s disease)

  • Salmonella

  • Listeria

  • Toxoplasma gondii

Did you also know that rats are filthy creatures which urinate wherever they go to mark their territory.

A pair of rats can produce

482,508,800 pups

in just three years.

So with all this filth and disease that comes with rodents which a quickly multiplying, we desperately need to keep work living and work spaces hygienic and infestation free.

Rodent proofing

One way to help rat- proof your home is to seal any holes and cracks near the foundation of your home. Look also for holes and cracks near drainpipes. Rodents can run up pipes and walls. Rodents have razor sharp teeth that also chew through steel.

Don’t forget your drains. Rodents gain access to properties though and around plumbing pipes. Rodents can swim through sewers and hold their breath for as long as three minutes. Keep your toilet lids closed.

Keep areas free from food and store food away in containers – this includes pet food. Seal your waste bins and empty them regularly and don’t add any organic waste to compost heaps.

For all your rodent needs, give us a call.

We help prevent and control viruses that rodents carry transmit. Our technicians are well trained and use biocide which kills coronavirus. We will use this when working in your home. This is sprayed wherever we work and all their equipment is sprayed before and after jobs too.