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Rats & Mice Pest Control

Common rat

Problems with rats must be eliminated quickly to prevent disease and damage. We employ a range of rat control products and traps to eradicate rats quickly and humanely without risk to people, non-target animals, and the environment.

We will also provide recommendations and services to prevent mice entering homes and businesses.

Biology

Rats are omnivorous and whilst they generally feed on cereals and grains, if hungry they can take small chicks and eggs.

One of the main characteristics of Rrts is that they are neophobic – very wary of anything new and they can take 4-5 days before they accept a new object into their environment. They prefer small-enclosed spaces and get around by smell & touch. They like to be up against something as they travel like a wall or pipe.

Contrary to popular beliefs regarding Rats being dirty they are in fact very clean animals and spend up to 20% of their time grooming. They are however carriers of a number of diseases, the most publicised of which is Weils Disease which can be fatal to humans. Rats take between 2-3 months to reach sexual maturity and can have up to 7 litters per year with the average litter size being about 8. The other UK rat is the Ship Rat or Black Rat which is now very rare and restricted to a few localised port sites.

Pest Control

Our pest control experts at Pest Defence have a well deserved reputation for eradicating rat and mouse infestations where others have failed. Our experience and knowledge of rodent behaviour and biology, plus an extensive arsenal of humane traps and approved rodenticides means that we succeed in achieving a quick and effective elimination of the rodent infestation without harm to people, pests and the environment. A key element to any rodent control program is the regular inspection and monitoring of the treatment to be certain that the treatment is being effective.

We will also advise on any proofing works that can to be carried out to stop rats or mice returning, and we provide rodent control contract services for those businesses and homeowners that either experience regular rodent problems, or require pest prevention services to stop problems with pests from developing.

House mouse

Dealing with problematic mouse infestations is an every day occurrence for our pest control experts. We employ a variety of professional quality rodent control devices, baits and mouse traps to successfully eliminate mouse infestations quickly and humanely from homes and businesses.

We will also provide recommendations and services to prevent mice entering homes and businesses.

Biology

Mice are omnivorous and are good at adapting to local environments but generally in rural environments eat cereals, seeds etc, where they consume an average of 2-3 grams of food per day. Whilst they will drink free water they can in many cases survive without it, obtaining sufficient moisture from their food.

Mice will typically live up to 1 year, reach sexual maturity in 6 weeks and can have as many as 8 litters per annum with the average litter size being about 5.

Pest Control

Our pest control experts at Pest Defence have a well deserved reputation for eradicating rat and mouse infestations where others have failed. Our experience and knowledge of rodent behaviour and biology, plus an extensive arsenal of humane traps and approved rodenticides means that we succeed in achieving a quick and effective elimination of the rodent infestation without harm to people, pests and the environment. A key element to any rodent control program is the regular inspection and monitoring of the treatment to be certain that the treatment is being effective.

We will also advise on any proofing works that can to be carried out to stop rats or mice returning, and we provide rodent control contract services for those businesses and homeowners that either experience regular rodent problems, or require pest prevention services to stop problems with pests from developing.

Field mouse

As Field Mice and Wood Mice are largely outdoor animals, we would only advise control if the mice are entering buildings.

Care should be taken to minimise the use of rodenticides in rural areas where there is a risk of secondary poisoning to birds of prey and other predatory/scavenging animals, and instead we recommend that holes and gaps are blocked with suitable materials wherever possible to prevent entry for mice into buildings.

Biology

Field Mice and Wood Mice have similar life-cycle and nutritional needs to the House Mouse but are generally found outdoors, but can enter houses, garages and sheds for shelter, food and hibernation.

The Wood mouse is similar to another typically outdoor mouse, the yellow-neck mouse which can be distinguished by a band of yellowish fur around the neck.

Pest Control

Field Mice and Wood Mice are predominantly an outdoor animal, and generally don’t breed and proliferate within buildings. However, they can be destructive to electrical wires and equipment if they enter homes and can be controlled with humane mouse traps and approved rodenticidal products. Please call Pest Defence for more advice and information.

Rats and mice are seen as a sign of ‘uncleanliness’. Any business that has a noticeable mice problem could suffer significant damage to their profits and reputation. Therefore, it is vital that any such mice or rat problem is dealt with swiftly.

Our exterminators always keep discretion and efficiency at the forefront of their minds when addressing a rat infestation. We work discreetly so that we don’t disrupt your customers or compromise your business, and we work efficiently so that your business can continue to operate without any hitches.

We also offer emergency rat and mice pest control services that are undertaken on the very same day of enquiry. Whether it be the use of our various traps, or our range of approved rodenticides, you can rest assured that we’ll leave the very same day having supplied a definitive solution.

Our aim is to be as transparent as possible with our customers. We’ll only ever charge you our pre-agreed rate for our services, so you needn’t worry about any hidden fees or added costs.

Further to this, we’re happy to offer advice on how to prevent a future mice infestation. Prevention can be achieved using wire mesh, rodent grilles, sealants and wire wool to block access points. Our mice exterminators will advise which method will be best for you based on your establishment and specific circumstances.

If you’d like to enquire further about our rat removal or mice control services, give our rat exterminators a call today. We can arrange emergency mice or rat control if needed, or provide any advice for future preventative measures. We serve customers in Colchester, Chelmsford, Brentwood and other areas throughout Essex.

Fully Accredited and Insured

We have fully-qualified staff and accreditation from leading bodies in the industry, giving you full confidence in our services

Why Choose Pest Defence?

We pride ourselves in quality, speed and great customer service.

  • Same day emergency response
  • Local authority approved
  • Trading standards approved
  • Fully qualified and accredited
  • Over 25 years of experience

Reviews & Testimonials

Our clients agree, for pest control solutions in Essex, including Chelmsford, Colchester and Brentwood, Pest Defence offer unbeatable service.

Thank you for your excellent attention, I am so grateful for your prompt action in ridding us of our pestilence. You have been brilliant. Will be in touch if we ever have the need again.

S Bartillas, Islington

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