Before I started working for a pest control company I just thought pest problems only happen to other people – you know, a bit like winning the lottery! Not so. In fact the more I learn about pest control, the more I realise we are all susceptible. Friends of mine actually moved out of their home with their 3 month old baby when they discovered they had rats in the loft!
And so now, especially with the cold winter months closing in, and me turning up the heating (I hate the cold), I am aware that rats and mice, like me, prefer the heat too and may well look to my house as potential winter lodgings. Did you know there has been an unprecedented increase for rat and mice call outs?
When we taped up the cat flap in the new house we brought, it was simply to keep out the cold – we don’t have a cat. I didn’t think at the time that this was also an essential measure to help stop the rodent invasion. I am also now aware that my neighbour’s bird feeder is a potential source of food for rats and mice not just birds and wish they would get rid of it for that very reason – no reason to unnecessarily attract them! Never be complacent is my motto. We should all be aware of how to get rid of rats or how to get rid of mice in at home just in case.
Of course, I am not alone with my worries about rats. They are an international problem and big news in America. I suppose we should thank our lucky stars we are not dealing with giant rats…… well, not yet anyway.
My motto now is: “Pest control at work, pest control at home”.