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This is a picture took by a customer. It shows his kitchen with a mouse sitting boldly on the worktop.
Its often said to me that the mouse didn’t even move “Bold as brass just staring at me”.
This is because a mouse has very poor eyesight in comparison to ours. A mouse has evolved to live in small spaces and undergrowth where there is no specific benefit to having good eyesight. When a person walks in to a room the mouse freezes as it hears the activity and detects the change in air movement. It often appears as there just staring at us but in fact it stops moving to hide its presence. After a moment or two it will dart for cover.
A customer sent a few photos of a fly which has been making its presence known in his dining room.
Identification of fly species is critical in fly treatments to know how to go about treatment. For example drain flies require sewer lids lifting and jetting whereas cluster flies require the roof space fumigating with a fog. In this particular case the fly is a bluebottle.
Bluebottle larva feed on dead animal material. The treatment for bluebottles is to remove the breeding site of the flies which involves looking for the dead animal (if possible). This will involve taking the dog in to use his nose to find the offending object. Floorboards can sometimes be lifted to get them out.
If access can’t be gained a strong residual insecticide can be applied to stop the flies being so visible in the house.
A second visit this morning brings a surprise catch. The customer had wanted traps out for the squirrels in his garden that had started chewing through his soffit boards. He had requested live traps as he feeds the hedgehogs and didn’t want them harming. After uncovering the traps two squirrels were found but also one rat. The customer hadn’t been aware other rodents were in his garden. Now he can put poison down to remove the rats too before they become problematic.
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A customer has been hearing noises in the roof space. There could be a few animals causing the noises. The most common are mice, rats, birds and squirrels.
An inspection of the roof space shows very obvious footprints in the dust. The size and shape show clearly it’s squirrels. To remove squirrels from roof spaces we use both traps and poisons.
They are placed and left for 2 weeks. The return visit will show the results. Squirrels can be tricky animals to control. Sometimes they will be killed by the traps, lured in by the peanut butter. Other times they won’t go near the traps but will take the poison. They are clever animals with distinct ‘personalities’ but control is still normally reached within 2 weeks.
Mice are an extremely determined pest. They are so small that they can fit in a hole that a pen can fit in. Keeping them out of a property can be extremely hard.
Signs to look for in your house for infestation are droppings, smear marks and the mice themselves. The droppings are small like grains of rice and are either dark brown or black. The smear marks are greasy marks where the mouse uses the same path over and over again. They can become extremely obvious over time. These photos are from a grain store in a stables. The mice have been here for many years and in some numbers.
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As the weather gets colder the local rodent populations start to struggle more outside. Food becomes more scarce and rats start to seek warmer harbourage points.
Its essential at this time of year to make sure your house is proofed against any unwanted ingress. It can be as simple as walking round the outside of the house and making sure all small holes are filled.
Places to pay attention to are around pipes, where original mortar may have cracked and fallen away. Any loose pointing around bricks. Under door sills and window sills and around garage doors.
To prevent mice coming in is slightly more difficult as they as so small. It is still worth doing the same checks as for rats but also using a fine grade stainless steel mesh to cover over air vents in bricks. Mice can easily pass through these. If you can get a pen in to a hole a mouse can pass through it.
Make your house as safe as you can against rodents in Winter.
Another bedbug treatment yesterday gave me the opportunity to take a few more snap shots.
This photo shows how much work has to go into treating all areas of the room. The bed has to be stripped. The mattress treated with insecticide that is specific for soft furnishings and mattresses. The bed base turned over so between the slats can be treated. The carpet and skirting boards treated with residual insecticide. All furniture in the room treated thoroughly. The paper backs behind the mirror have been treated with insecticidal dust.
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