As one of the largest and most populous cities in the North West of England, Liverpool is no stranger to rodents. These pesky creatures can cause serious damage to your property, not to mention pose significant health risks to you and your family. It's essential to know how to identify signs of rodent activity, implement effective prevention measures, and seek professional assistance when necessary.
Early identification of rodent activity is crucial in preventing a small problem from turning into a full-blown infestation. Here are some common signs to look out for:
Rodent Droppings - Finding small, black pellet-like droppings around your property - such as in hidden corners or along baseboards—indicates the presence of rodents.
Gnaw Marks - Rodents are constantly gnawing to keep their teeth in check, which can result in visible chewed wires, furniture, or holes in walls. These signs of damage are typically visible in areas where rodents are active.
Nesting Materials - Discovering shredded paper, fabric, or insulation in hidden spots, such as attics or crawl spaces, suggests rodents are nesting nearby. They use these nesting materials as a way to create their homes within your property.
Strange Odours - Strong, musty smells in certain areas may be a result of rodent urine or droppings. This is especially true if the smell seems to be coming from a particular area of your property.
Unusual Noises - Rats and mice are nocturnal creatures, so listen for scurrying sounds, squeaking, or scratching in the walls or ceilings in the evenings.
Prevention is the best way to protect your property from rodents. Follow these proactive measures to make your property less attractive to these unwanted guests:
Seal Entry Points - Inspect your property for any gaps, cracks, or holes that rodents could use as entry points. Seal them with caulk or steel wool to deny access. Remember, rodents can fit through tiny holes in your walls or around your windows and doors, even if they are smaller than a penny.
Secure Food Sources - Store food (including pet food) in airtight containers both inside and outside your property. Promptly clean up spills and ensure rubbish bins have tight lids. Rodents are attracted to anything they can eat, so keeping food stored away and minimising open food sources can help keep them at bay.
Maintain Cleanliness - Regularly clean your property, paying attention to areas prone to moisture like kitchens and basements. Reduce clutter and remove any potential hiding spots. Vacuum carpets and sweep your floors regularly to keep surfaces clean.
Landscaping Maintenance - Do not allow bushes or shrubs to grow close to your property. Trim shrubs and tree branches away from your property to eliminate easy routes for rodents to access your home or business. Don't allow clutter to build up and provide easy hiding spots for rodents.
When faced with a rodent infestation, it’s best to seek professional assistance. Here are some effective pest control strategies an expert will use:
Thorough Inspection – A pest control professional will conduct a detailed inspection to assess the extent of the infestation and identify entry points. This will help determine the best treatment options for your specific situation.
Customised Treatment Plans - Based on the inspection findings, they will develop a tailored treatment plan that targets the specific needs of your property. A good pest control professional will work with you to decide on the best course of action to eliminate rodents from your property.
Safe and Environmentally Friendly Solutions – An expert will have access to and utilise industry-approved products and techniques that prioritise the safety of your premises, including non-toxic baits and traps. They are trained and experienced in the safe handling and application of all pest control products, keeping your property and family safe from harm.
Ongoing Monitoring and Maintenance - Even after eliminating the rodent pests from your property, most pest control services will provide regular follow-ups to ensure long-lasting results and offer advice on preventing future infestations.
By understanding the signs of rodents, implementing preventative measures, and seeking effective pest control strategies, you can keep your Liverpool property rodent-free.
If you are experiencing rodent problems in your residential or commercial property our local Liverpool pest control team can help. We specialise in dealing with all types of pests and provide thorough and effective solutions to remove and prevent infestations.
For further advice and information on any type of pest control, or to book an initial survey in Liverpool, call us on 0333 567 2020, or contact us today.
Author: NBC Environment/Orkin
John Dickson of NBC has over 25 years’ experience managing the conflict that businesses can face with wildlife, birds and pests, reducing risks for many organisations across the UK. Since the business was founded in 1993, John has grown the business expanding the services we offer and developing NBC into one of the leading pest control businesses in the UK and the largest falconry business in Europe.