Rat & Mouse Control Leeds, Ilkley, Otley & wetherby
Rat Control - Mouse Control
I provide domestic and commercial rodent control services in Leeds, Ilkley, Otley & Wetherby.
I am a fully qualified pest controller and hold certificates including the RSPH / BPCA in pest control and pest management. All quotes are inclusive and can usually be provided over the phone. i have years of experience of dealing with rodent problems and always provide a safe, professional and efficient service.
Rats are the most destructive pests known to man. Rats are also the known source of numerous diseases which can afflict humans and domestic animals. Rats will contaminate food and will cause extensive damage to buildings and equipment in homes, warehouses, granaries, restaurants and bakeries, anywhere food is handled or stored.
Rats can gnaw through wood and will enlarge masonry openings to gain entrance into buildings. In order to construct their nests, rats will destroy all types of materials and can cause fires by chewing through insulation and electrical wires. Reports of infestations of rats in Leeds and Yorkshire seems to be on the increase.
Rats pose a serious hazard to health. As well as contaminating food with their droppings and urine fleas from rats were responsible for spreading the bubonic plague. Today diseases such as salmonella and typhus are commonly spread by rats.
Because of their unsanitary habits, secondary infections from rat bites can be serious and sometimes fatal. An infestation of rats should be treated immediately.
Rats can survive outdoors during the winter under certain conditions, however activity and indoor migration increases as the weather gets cooler and outdoor food and water sources decrease. Rats are most active during the evening and continue to be so until the middle of the night. If they are looking for food and water, or in the case of large infestations, rats become active during daylight hours.
The average life expectancy of a rat is 18 months. The young are born about 22 days after mating and mature rapidly. Single females may have up to 6 litters per year, averaging 6 to 14 young in each litter. By 3 months of age, the young are capable of reproduction. If not controlled, an infestation of rats will rapidly increase.
The house mouse is a small, slender rodent with a slightly pointed nose; small, black protruding eyes; and a nearly hairless tail with scale rings. House mice are considered the most troublesome and economically damaging rodent pests in Britain infestations of mice in Leeds are on the increase. Adult house mice can weigh up to 1 ounce. They are generally greyish brown in colour. The house mouse is very adaptable and will live happily alongside humans. This gives it the name of "commensal" rodents, brown rats are also in this group.
House mice are more common in residences and commercial structures than rats. Next to humans, they are regarded to be the most common mammal residing in UK homes
House mice live in and around homes, farms, commercial establishments, in open fields and agricultural land. At times they may live a long distance away from humans, particularly where climates are moderate. House mice will eat many different types of food but they prefer seeds and grain. They will not hesitate to try new foods and they are considered "nibblers," sampling many kinds of items that may be present in their environment. They may prefer foods which are high in fat, protein, or sugar even when grain and seed are available. Such items include sweets, bacon and butter.
The female can have between 5 to 10 litters in one year. Due to this mouse populations grow rapidly under good conditions. Studies have shown that during its daily activities, a mouse normally travels an area of around 10 to 30 feet in diameter. Mice rarely travel farther than this to obtain food or water. Because of their limited movement and feeding behaviour they can be much more difficult to control.
When house mice live in or around buildings, they almost always cause some degree of economic damage. In homes and commercial buildings, they will feed on various stored food items or pet foods, nibbling through the packaging to get at the food. In addition, they will contaminate foods with their urine, droppings and hair.
David Etherington - Your Local Pest Control Expert.
If you are having problems resolving your pest problem why not call to arrange a professional inspection. I generally only cover the Leeds and wider LS postcode areas areas but travel nationwide to deal with larger problems such as bed bugs in hotels. and contract pest control on large commercial sites. However if I am are unable to attend I should be able to recommend a local pest controller.