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Last year the headlines for a long time featured False Widow Spiders. The newspapers and TV were full of reports of people coming across these creatures and suffering bites as a result. In fact they have been part of the British environment since the 1800’s. They are still here but at this time of the year with colder weather, far fewer conflicts occur.

Super RatIt now seems the centre of attention has shifted back to rodents, or being more specific, the “Super Rat”! Numbers of rodents have seen large increases over the past year and because of this, more properties have been invaded by, not only Mice and Rats, but Squirrels as well.

As lifestyles change, many species adapt and in the case of rodents, they are doing very nicely with the increased amounts of food readily available to feast on. If food sources are in abundance, then these species will breed to match it and with the case of Rats, they can produce a litter every six to eight weeks, the offspring in turn, can be become sexually active in a similar time period!

Natural foods including nuts and berries attract colonies of rodents on a seasonal basis and when these supplies are exhausted other avenues are explored to seek out new food supplies. As the search commences many properties provide a good source of readily available food in the form of bird feeders, compost bins or even vegetable gardens. A particular favourite of Rats are fat balls and of course nuts and seeds which also attract Mice and of course Squirrels. Foxes and in some cases, Badgers also get in on the act as well. Not content with this food source, the search will continue and if pets including Rabbits or Hamsters are left outside, their food provides an excellent choice. Any pet food, especially dry, can be high in proteins and are an easy source of food for rodents and should be stored carefully. RAT DAMAGED WHEELIE BIN-(3)

Next on the list outside are refuse bins. Plastic wheelie bins can be no match for a hungry animal. Foxes can easily push them over and Squirrels and Rats can chew into them with Mice taking full advantage. Any food or packaging are a welcome find. Buildings are certainly on the list, not just for food, but lodging as well.

In larger retail or food outlet areas, the problem is made worse by open litter bins or general waste in large amounts being available. It is not un-common to see Seagulls or Squirrels raiding litter bins and distributing waste around them from inside – easy pickings!

Squirrel damage filmed by No-Nonsense Pest Control;

With all this food available it is only to be expected that the size of rats will increase, especially if they are left to their own devices. Where a rodent invasion has occurred it is very important to get it treated quickly and correctly.

Poisons are not always the answer and if placed randomly and incorrectly, severe problems can occur and non target species, including pets, can be put in danger. It is very important to follow product labels to prevent this happening. If used incorrectly, Rats and Mice can become immune to the bait used causing further problems in the future.

If you have a problem with  Ants, Fleas,  Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Birds, Moles, Rabbits, Wasps or you need help with Wasp control or Wasp removal, Mole control or Mole removal or pest prevention or have a pest control problem in and around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood or any BH postcode area  call No-Nonsense Pest Control :

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