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Mice Proofing Your Home Ready For Spring

23-07-2018


With the winter almost coming to an end, it’s time to start mice proofing ready for the Spring. Mice control and rodent proofing is important all year round, but mice are most prevalent in the Spring. Over the Spring months, mice proofing is important to protect yourself from mice breeding in your garden or around your home. 

Whether you try different methods of mice prevention or not, you’ll always find rodents and other pests around your garden. Using traps and poisons are useful as rodent prevention, but the mice can then find somewhere else to make their home and still remain within your garden or home. 

The best thing you can do for mice proofing is  to take away anything that will make their life easier. Easy access to your home, food and water sources are all things you can eliminate around your home to stop mice in their tracks in the Spring. The first defence your home has against mice is your door. You may want to leave the doors open in early Spring to get a nice breeze in ready for Spring cleaning, but you could be inviting mice in. 

The same is true with gaps and cracks around your home. A mouse can fit through a gap as wide as a pencil. So go and take a thorough look around your home before Spring and mouse proof as many places as you can. Small holes can be sealed or stuffed to stop letting any pests in. 

Gaps may have also formed around your windows and doors, so it’s definitely worthwhile checking those before Spring has sprung too. It’s easy to install vinyl seals around the door, and using expanding foam to fill in any gaps. 

A mouse will be able to smell a great food source from a mile away. If they get the chance to access your food cupboards, they will contaminate all the food you have in there. Don’t give them a great food source by cleaning your cupboards regularly and cleaning up any spillages. The same goes for your bins, both inside and outside the home. Clean and empty them regularly and don’t leave food out if you can avoid it. 

Do Bed Bugs Jump Like Fleas?

23-07-2018


Bed bugs and fleas often appear similar, and for the untrained eye it can be difficult how to tell bed bugs and fleas apart. One of the things many clients ask us is do bed bugs jump life fleas, because this would be a great identifier. The difference between bed bugs and fleas are actually noticeable once you know what they are. 

No matter which pest you’ve spotted in your home, it’s important to take initiative and invest in great bed bug control and flea control. Both infestations can get out of control very quickly if left untreated. There are fundamental differences between the two that we are going to explore here. 

Bed bugs are normally found in mattresses and furniture, hiding in the nooks and crannies like the gaps in your bed frame. Fleas however, inhabit the furry loved ones in our lives. Bed bugs won’t bite your pets; fleas will, as well as biting you as well. 

Controlling fleas in your home is a whole lot easier than dealing with the dreaded bed bug infestation. Using the right equipment, products and pest controller will help you get these pest problems under control quickly. Both of these pests are parasites, and can both transfer diseases. Bed bugs are also a severe allergen, and can cause and worsen the symptoms of asthma. 

It's important to get in touch with a pest controller if these creatures have invaded your home. Reading through the points below will help you identify which is a bed bug and which is a flea. Remember though that doing DIY bed bug control or flea control won’t be as effective as calling in the professionals. 

• Bed bugs are flat, oval and reddish brown in colour. Fleas are similar looking, but have long legs for jumping, which bed bugs can’t do. 

• Bed bugs can be found around places you sleep. So you will commonly find them around the bed, under mattresses and in the cracks of the bed frames. Fleas feed on out pets, and you will see them predominantly crawling through their fur. 

• Bed bug bites appear as a raised bump on the skin, and usually happen during sleep. The bites aren’t painful, but they become itchy and can lead to a rash. Flea bites can be felt at the moment of biting, and will instantly cause discomfort. 


Get in touch with us if you are having a problem with bed bugs or fleas in your home. We have some of the most effective bed bug heat treatments in the London area. 

Why Eco Friendly Pest Control Is Safer For Your Family

23-07-2018

When it comes to pest control, there’s a lot of different ways an infestation can be treated. This also includes eco-friendly options, which in the long term will be better for families. Green pest control isn’t just about avoiding chemical use. There’s more to it than meets the eye. 

Eco-friendly pest control focuses more on prevention, so that infestations are stopped from growing or occurring in the first place. They use this approach along with pesticides that are safer for use around people and pets. Some treatments even stay away from chemicals altogether, like bed bug heat treatment. 

Authentically eco-friendly pest control products should be 100% plant based. They should only consist of natural ingredients. This means they can even be eaten, although we don’t suggest you dine on any anytime soon. 

The number one benefit of eco-friendly pest control for families is that it’s safer. It’s safe for children, pets and plants. Normal pesticides can do a lot of damage to children if they inhale the fumes. Children and pesticides are not a good combination. 

Another great benefit of using eco-friendly pest control is that they won’t damage or stain your home or furnishings. If people in your family suffer from asthma or pest allergies, green pest control is definitely the safest option. Natural products cause a lot less irritation than those containing chemicals. They don’t have the same harsh elements that are present in more pesticides. 

Powerful common pesticides will do the job and get rid of unwanted pests. But a lot of pests have started to evolve past pesticides, so that they now can withstand the chemicals. This is true with bed bugs and cockroaches. It just got a whole lot harder to control these pests! Eco-friendly pest control products stop this happening. Pests can’t become resistant to plants or naturally occurring pesticides. 

Opting for eco-friendly pest control is a much smarter way to go if you have a family. Technicians can still come out and visit your home, and will spray it with green products instead to rid you of insects. They may also lay live traps to stop any pest problems you may be having. Ethical pest controllers can then continue to treat the inside and outside of your home, preventing any further pests problems from happening in the future and causing more chaos. 

What Pests Lurk In Restaurant Kitchens?

16-07-2018



Kitchens are the most vulnerable place for a pest infestation. For pests kitchens are the source of lots of different foods and drinks. Plus they have the added bonus of shelter and warmth too. Think of your home kitchen and think of just how many hiding places a pest would love there. Not only do you never want to a pest in a restaurant kitchen, they can pose a serious health risk to staff and customers alike. Your brand and reputation will suffer too. 

So here are the main types of pests that pest control companies have to deal with on a regular basis in restaurant kitchens. 

Rodents
Kitchens are a haven for rats and mice. Once they find their way into a commercial kitchen, they spread germs and bacteria wherever they go. This can result in sickness for staff and customers too. 

Rodents get into the kitchen through any cracks or holes around the property. They also can get up through the drains and vents if they have the access. Check around your kitchen and seal off any points of entry a rodent could use to get in your kitchen. 

Make sure you’re not inviting rodents into your kitchen by leaving food and drink around for them. Being clean and tidy is a powerful weapon in the fight against pests. Every day your work surfaces should be sanitised to make sure no bacteria is on there from any rodents. 

Flies 
Hearing the buzzing of flies in a restaurant will really put your customers off. Flies can cause very serious health problems because they carry so many diseases. For example, they can carry salmonella which is easily passed on to your customers and staff. 

It can be quite difficult to carry out fly control. Because of their size, they can gain access very easily. Much like rodents, keeping clean and tidy will stop flies being so attracted into your commercial kitchen. Get in touch with a local pest controller if you’ve noticed an increase in flies around your property. 

What To Do If You Are Bitten By A Rat

16-07-2018


Rat bites are a serious threat to anyone who is exposed to them. The diseases transmitted by rat bite can be lethal, and that is why rat control is needed. The dangers of rats starts with their bite, and here we’re going to look at this more in depth, as well as rat bite symptoms. 

When rats bite people, they can transmit up to 70 different diseases. Rats bite pretty quickly, and most of the time the person is unable to avoid it. Being aware and clued up on what pest has bitten you will help you to seek the right treatment for the bite. 

If you do get bitten by a rodent, it’s important to seek medical help right away. This is especially important if you’ve been bitten by a wild rat. 

Symptoms of Rat Bites
• Redness – Because of the damaged skin, the area will go red. Make sure to fully disinfect the wound, then seek medical attention as quickly as possible. 
• Rash
• Fever - If the streptobacillus bacteria is transmitted to your after the bite, you can suffer from fever and vomiting from the infection. This usually happens after the bite has healed, as many as 10 days after the bite. 
• Joint pains 
• Limb swelling 

Treatment for Rat Bites 
Anyone who has been bitten by a rodent needs to seek out medical treatment straight away. The consequences of ignoring the wound can be fatal in the long term. Following these steps immediately after a rat bite will make sure you are safe before seeking medical attention. 

1. Remove anything that comes into contact with the wound e.g. jewellery, clothes, dirt. 
2. Bleeding should be stopped using an absorbent, sanitised gauze. 
3. Carefully examine the wound after the bleeding has stopped and clean the wound with soap and warm water. Ensure the entire area is clean. 
4. Apply a disinfectant. If this isn’t to hand you can use any type of liquid that contains pure alcohol. 
5. Apply the antibiotic cream before covering the wound with a bandage. Make sure that your hands are clean before you apply any creams or bandages. 
6. Pain from the rat bite can be eased with painkillers . 
7. See advice from a medical professional.

Don’t ever take the risk of being bitten by a rat. If you have a heavy rat infestation, you need to call Catch-it immediately to keep you and your family safe by getting rid of the rat problem. 

Difference Between Rat And Mouse

12-07-2018

Rats and mice are the prevalent pests in UK homes and businesses currently. This is because they can easily adapt to our environment, and they often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Rodent control problems start quickly, and there’s several species that can infest your home. 

Knowing the difference between rat and mouse will help you identify which one is invading your home. So whether you have a roof rat or field mouse, we have the guide on how to separate the two rodent types. 

Remember that if you do have a rodent control problem, it’s important to contact a professional pest controller for safe rat extermination and disposal. 

Appearance 
• Rats are bigger than mice. 
• Mice have longer tails in comparison to their body size than rats do. 
• A rat has very long front teeth, which is why they need to constantly gnaw on things to grind them down. Mice are smaller, so their teeth are smaller. Their chew marks tend to look like tiny scratches compared to the deeper rivets rats leave behind. 
• Mice are colour blind and rats can’t see very well. But they both have highly evolved other senses which means they can adapt to different environments. 

Behaviour 
• Rats will kill and eat mice, but mice don’t kill rats. 
• Mice can live anywhere, in rural and urban areas. Rats prefer to live in the cities. 
• Both types of rodent aren’t picky eaters. They will both chew on nearly everything they can, including things that aren’t edible such as wires and plastic. 
• Rats can actually talk through hissing, chattering and squeaking to express themselves. Mice just tend to squeak. 
• A mouse can slip through a gap that’s ¼ inch big. A rat only needs ½ inch to get into your home. 

Damages 

• Both rats and mice can cause crop damage and contaminate stored food.For example, in the USA, the UN has estimated the economic impact of rats alone being around $19 billion per year. Mice also have an impact, but they eat less so it’s not as bad. 
• Rats and mice chew on literally everything and can cause significant damages and even fires. 
Rats and mice both spread diseases, with rats being the culprit for the plague. Mice however, carry less than rats do. 

How To Attract A Mouse Out Of Hiding

12-07-2018



Mice are small, nocturnal rodents that you will typically find living in cool, dark places. The most common mouse hiding places in your home would be in-between walls, sofas, cupboards, pantries and any other places where it’s likely they won’t be disturbed. 

Knowing how to find mice is important because of the rate that mice tend to breed. A is a valid concern for homeowners. Since mice only tend to come out at night, knowing how to attract a mouse out of hiding and what to use as mouse bait can be quite a chore. 

Luckily we have some great tips on how to attract a mouse out of hiding. 

Steps For How To Attract A Mouse Out Of Hiding 

Place mouse traps baited with cheese around your home. You don’t only have to use cheese to lure mice species out of their hiding places, although it is the old favourite. You can also use other foods like fresh fruit and veg, nuts, berries or even bread. Mice aren’t picky. 

You may also want to use glue mouse traps around your home as well. Be careful with these. Make sure you don’t put glue traps anywhere that you or your family members might accidently step on them. The glue is incredibly sticky and it can become dangerous if it gets stuck to your skin or clothing. 

If you don’t have pets or young children around, mice poison may be a great choice for mouse control. Mouse poisons are made specifically with ingredients that entice mice. Once the mouse eats the poison, they will die. Many people prefer the more humane methods of mouse control, but if you don’t mind the end result then mouse poisons are very effective. 

Another method you may want to use is sprinkling different potent scents around your home. This may bring the rodents out of hiding and steer them in the direction you want them to go. By using various smelly products around the house, you can drive mice out of their hiding places. Scents like peppermint, ammonia, onion, garlic and alcohol all repel mice, and may encourage them to leave their comfort zone in search of somewhere that smells better. 

Remember that mice control is very important because of the damage they can do to your home and the diseases they carry. For more information on our rodent control services, get in touch with Catch-it Pest Control today. 

How To Deter Hungry Fox Mums From Your Garden

02-07-2018

Whether you live in the city or a more rural area, you’re more than likely to have spotted a fox at some point. In the wild, foxes are normally shy and reluctant to approach humans. But fox control may be needed when they get a bit too close for comfort.

After having her babies in the spring, fox mums will be out looking for food for themselves and for their young. This is when they become especially bold.

Foxes can attack and eat livestock and outdoor pets. Some foxes have even been known to attack cats and dogs when threatened.

If you’ve seen a fox lurking around your property, you might want to try and keep it away. A great way to do this is to create a barrier. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also install a barrier under your fences to create an extra line of defence against burrowing foxes. Check all of your fences and gates are intact and can withstand a fox trying to get through them. If you have gaps and holes in your fencing, get some chicken wire and block access to the area.

You can also try fox deterrent sprays to keep foxes away. Another great method is to use items with a strong human scent. So things like sweaty t-shirts can discourage foxes from visiting your garden. If foxes are becoming a common problem, consider getting a motion activated light, sprinkler or noisemaker. Making a lot of noise or blasting the radio will normally scare a fox off pretty sharpish. Although you might not want to annoy your neighbours!

Foxes are naturally going to be attracted to food sources. So remove the possibility of them getting an easy meal, and they probably won’t want to return. Small animals penned outside will be a huge attraction for foxes, so you need to make sure their cages are secured with a lock, and make sure their structure is strong.

Don’t leave any food outside for foxes. This could include rubbish, pet food and even bird feeder seed. Keep all of your bins securely closed and sealed. If you have bird feeders, clean up the spilled seed often (this also discourages other pests too) and if you have a compost bin, keep it fenced off. 


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