Hundreds of thousands of homeowners up and down the UK are sharing their houses with unwanted pests.
But, owners of old rustic homes, particularly those that are located in the countryside or small villages surrounded by fields and woods, need to be particularly careful when it comes to pests. They are both in easy reach and incredibly attractive to pests and as a result can be faced with a considerable amount of, sometimes, irreparable damage.
So don’t wait for the issue to arise – do what you can to avoid it and always keep an eye out for signs that pests have entered your home. You don’t want to discover mice in your house, after they have already been chewing on the wooden beams that hold your house up, for a week.
How to deter them…
- Pests are attracted to food – so make sure you don’t leave anything out on the side – including leftovers. Food scraps should be put straight in the bin and this should be emptied regularly. Ideally everything else should be stored in containers.
- If you don’t have one already then you may want to get a pet cat – the smell of their urine alone is enough to deter rodents.
- A sonic repellent will keep rats out before they even try and enter your home by emitting high frequency sound waves which repel rodents, but are completely inaudible to people and non-rodents.
- To avoid wasps you could hang a false nest outside your home, as wasps don’t tend to build their nest next to another one.
What to look out for…
- Mice and rats have very strong teeth and can gnaw through almost anything – so look out for teeth marks made in food packaging, cables and walls.
- Can you hear scratching or scrambling around when the house is quiet? It is likely insects, mice or other pests are causing this noise.
- Look out for holes in walls, doors and floors – these are easy entrances and exits, particularly for rodents and are often a sign you are already sharing with them.
- Droppings are a clear sign that you have a rodent infestation. They are very unhygienic and need to be cleaned up as soon as possible.
What to do if you discover your home is infested …
There isn’t anything worse than finding out that your home has been infested, and on top of that horrible feeling you have just knowing these pests are in your home, you also have the huge task of getting rid of them.
This needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Firstly, you may want to contact your local council to find out if they provide pest control services – although be aware that there could be a fee for this. You could hire a pest controller or you could deal with the issue yourself.
The first thing to consider, if you plan to deal with it yourself, is which pest has infested your home and whether you feel comfortable dealing with them yourself.
If you do, then you need to determine the best way to get rid of them. If it is mice or rats, for example, then a common way to deal with them is by using traps. This could be a snap or electric mouse trap, but a more humane way is to use a live trap. These are easy to set and bait and can catch around 30 mice at once. You don’t have to see or touch them, but you can also get rid of them without having to kill them.
If you find that you struggle to get rid of the pest yourself then do call in the experts and let them sort it out for you.