There are a few myths surrounding pest control measures for rats and mice that are often spread. This blog sheds some light on these common misconceptions surrounding repelling rats and mice at both home and work. As you may know, rodents can be a threat to your premises, and not just at home, but at work too. Not only do rodents contaminate food and transmit diseases, but they also pose a fire hazard as they are known to chew through electrical wires as well. The difficulty that comes with trying to get rid of rodents stems from their adaptability, constantly learning through trial and error. Just think of how Jerry has been able to outsmart Tom for 80+ years!
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During the Coronavirus pandemic we've seen a proliferation of rodent activity, not just locally but globally, as people and businesses slowly exit different levels of lockdown. The UK alone has seen as many as 150 million rodents terrorise people’s homes as they aggressively search for food and shelter, and as winter fast approaches locally we too can expect to see an increase in rodent activity.
In one of our older blogs, we discussed the many myths surrounding DIY mouse and rat control methods that have been used in our homes over the years. In some cases, these DIY tricks turned out to be just old wives tales. Here's a handy infographic summary of these rodent-repelling myths for you, below.
Rat and mice repelling myths:
But what about some of the myths surrounding rodent control on commercial premises? We've summed up the most common misbeliefs in the infographic below.
Commercial rodent control myths:
Here are some quick tips to preventing a rat and mouse infestation:
- Keep food in metal or glass containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Tidy inside the house and around the garden - less clutter means fewer places for rodents to hide.
- Place outdoor rubbish bags in metal bins with securely fitted lids to stop rodents from eating the contents.
- Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids - preferably above ground level.
- Keep gardens free from debris. If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract rats and mice.