Pest Control Proofing - Integrated Pest Management
What does Integrated Pest Management mean for me as a householder?
Whether its rats, mice, squirrels, birds and even insects that invade our homes and businesses, it creates a great deal of concern, damages foodstuffs and stock, and even effects a company’s reputation and ultimately if left becomes a major pest problem. As a direct action, putting out bait boxes and exterminating rats and mice through the use of rodenticide and quick kill traps and even carrying out culling operations on birds like pigeons will in fact, only give the property owners a brief respite from further pest invasion.
Unlike other pest control companies, All Aspects Pest Control uses the principals of Integrated Pest Management as their standard form of pest control; we start with using poisons and traps to exterminate your pest problem. We provide advice on pest prevention and finally we conclude our pest control by carrying out preliminary proofing to secure your property against pest infestation, all of which is included in our initial pest control costs which are often lower than our competitors.
Can you provide longer term pest management?
We can carry out service contracts with insect monitoring and rodent monitoring programmes with regular visits to ensure your premises remain free from all insects; cockroaches, ants and flies and rodents such as squirrels, mice and rats. We are also experts in installing bird proofing systems; netting and spiking to keep your premises free from roosting birds preventing unsightly staining and any health and safety issues from bird guano deposits.
How long does it take to carryout a pest control treatment?
The answer to that question does depend on what pest you have, we begin total pest control with a initial survey into your rat, mouse, squirrel, mole, bird or insect problem by attempting to gain access to all of your property; the loft, basement, under areas like the kitchen units and all the exterior walls to understand how these pests are invading your property and how they are moving around. This can take in excess of an hour for rodents as they will come into a property at many different levels and access points.
Particular attention is giving to drains which allow rats and mice into storerooms and basements, pipe ducts are also a easy way for rats and mice to gain access into shops, warehouses and workshops. Damaged airbricks are another route for rats and mice to gain access under the floors of houses and into the cavity wall. Utility pipe holes that breach walls will also allow rats, mice and insects into a kitchen. Any gaps or breaks in the exterior brickwork will allow rats, mice and squirrels to get into the cavity wall and from there into the loft. Damaged soffits and fascia boards including broken roof tiles often allow squirrels and birds into the loft where they will start to nest.
How big an opening does a mouse or a rat need to get into a building?
For an example of how adept rats and mice are at invading properties; if you stretch open your hand, your little finger tip is the size a mouse needs to slip through to gain access to your building. Look at the exterior doors and lower door frames and you may see damage which is indicative of rodent activity where rats and mice are gnawing at the woodwork to get into your home. Now look back at your hand, the first knuckle of your thumb is the size of gap that rats need for access, rat in the kitchen? Look for holes where old pipes have been fitted.
Can a mouse really squeeze through a hole the size of my little finger?
As a general rule of thumb (no pun intended) if a rat or mouse can get its head into a gap then it can wiggle its body through and then take up residence with you. If your pest control company do not complete a full survey and fill these small gaps then rats, mice and even squirrels will gain access again meaning another call out to a pest controller in the future.