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November Is the Month to Start Thinking About Rats

By Pest Control Services - Friday, November 10, 2017

November may mean a lot of different things to a lot of people, but for us it means one thing: rats. This is the time of year that rats start looking for a warm, cosy place to spend the winter months. It is better for homeowners to start asking how they can prevent a rat infestation now than waiting to ask how to get rid of rats later.

The truth about rats is that they do not hibernate. We don't see them much during the summer months because they are out doing what they do. But rats don't like the cold and snow any more than we do. When evening temperatures start dropping, rats start looking for warm shelter. They will try to get into your house if they can.

This year we're expecting the normal 30-40% seasonal rise in callouts for rat service. If weather experts are right though, this year could be one of the worst we've seen in a while. Forecasters are calling for an exceptionally harsh winter that could see snow falling in parts of the UK as early as November. That would drive rats to look for shelter sooner and more aggressively.

How to Prevent a Rat Infestation

If you are looking at prevention rather than asking how to get rid of rats in a couple of months from now, there are things you can do to keep the vermin out of your home. Also understand how important prevention is. Once rats get into your home, they are very difficult to get out.

We have four suggestions as recommended by the British Pest Control Association:

1.Home Inspection – Do a thorough exterior inspection of your home, looking for any gaps or holes rats might find. Bear in mind they can squeeze through extremely small holes.

2.Windows and Doors – It takes but a split second for a rat to come in through a window or door that’s ajar. Make sure all windows and doors close tightly, and keep them closed once temperatures start falling.

3.Food Sources – Eliminate food sources by cleaning bird feeders and pet food bowls. Food bowls should not be left out overnight. Also, make sure bins are kept tightly closed and secured.

4.Nesting Sites – Address sites that rats might find appealing for nesting. Clean up your garden, keep it neat and tidy, and remove any standing piles of debris.

Remember that rodents can cause both health issues and property damage. Once inside your home, they can easily chew through wires and timbers alike. They can also carry disease into your home as well. This is not something you want to deal with under any condition, but especially if you have children or pets.

If you don't know how to get rid of rats, no worries. You shouldn't try to do it yourself anyway. Instead, call Pest Control Services for assistance throughout Berkshire as well as some parts of Wiltshire and Hampshire.


Autumn Invites the Cluster Fly In

By Pest Control Services - Friday, October 13, 2017

Thoughts of autumn's cooler temperatures and shorter days can be comforting to homeowners who struggle with insect pests like wasps and hornets. Unknown to many of them is the cluster fly, another annoying pest that does not tend to make its presence known until late autumn or early winter. Now is the time to start thinking about cluster flies if you have had problems with them in the past. zzzzz

You Never Know When You Might Need Pest Control

By Pest Control Services - Friday, September 08, 2017

As experts in pest control in Hampshire, Berkshire and much of south-central England, we have come to expect just about anything. Many of the customers who call us for the first time never dreamed they would have need of pest control services to handle things like rodents and insects. But the natural world is all around us. And try as we might, we cannot always keep it at bay. Pest Control Services is here to help when pests become a problem at your premises. zzzzz

4 Ways to Get Rid of Rats

By Pest Control Services - Friday, August 04, 2017

If you have observed rats running around your property this summer, it is likely that there is an infestation somewhere nearby. Dealing with an infestation involves more than putting out poison and hoping for the best. You see, rats are very intelligent creatures that quickly learn how to avoid the measures taken to control them. That is why we recommend contacting Pest Control Berkshire so that we can get rid of the rats for you. zzzzz

How and Where Wasp Nests Are Built

By Pest Control Services - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If you are a regular customer of Pest Control Berkshire, you are aware that we strive to offer wasp nest removal on the same day we receive the call. Both common and German wasps are aggressive enough that we highly recommend not trying to terminate a nest with over-the-counter insecticides or household chemicals. Rather, leave the job to professionals. zzzzz