Property infested with rats and rodent control in a building…

Property infested with rats

19th February 2017

Another busy week ending with a callout to a property infested with rats.

The problem seemed to take hold fairly quickly and before the client knew what was happening the problem became unmanageable.
We were able to find a point of entry – and as we keep telling people – proofing your property will dramatically reduce the prospect of getting these pesky rodents. Upon arrival the client had tried trapping but used mouse traps for a rat problem – this gives us a bit of a headache, as the rodent will probably not get killed by the trap and only get a nasty surprise …. but now it knows that traps are danger …and now we have the problem of rodents becoming trap shy.

This property has had a dishwasher waste pipe chewed in half and also spotlights literally chewed off the ceiling, so when you get all of these variables in one sitting on the same property you know it’s not going to be an easy fix .. remember rodents are extremely smart little creatures. We are also receiving plenty of inquiries from commercial customers with pest management surveys up 25% since last month. We offer a fully documented pest management system to commercial customers- but have also started rolling out this service to domestic customers.

This system will favor people in high-risk areas where we give them a routine call every 6-8 weeks meaning we can ascertain if they have a problem at an earlier stage. It actually saves the client money in the long run. And also give them a piece of mind knowing there is a system in place.

Rodent infestation

22nd February 2017

A call came in from a building project which was left idle for 8 years. It is really sad to see as you can actually see where tools were just downed.
We were called for a rodent infestation in the houses that were built, not only had they a rodent problem but also Hares, Birds, Mice, along with the rats!! nice combination.
Things have really taken hold over the past couple of weeks and we have many calls coming in for proofing work… Prevention can sometimes be the best policy. We have recently finished a 35 block of apartments with vents big enough to allow rodents in. And, as you may know blocking the vents, is not an option, but meshing over them with a smaller grade cover is.

Rodent control

26th February 2017
We have become extremely busy with rodent problems in certain parts of Dublin, Clontarf, Artane, and Killester seem to have spiked at the moment.

This may have numerous causes. Construction work in these areas has risen, the temperature has dropped, and also our much milder climate.
All of these variables have a knock on effect of each other. When we have such mild weather rodents will carry on breeding leading us to a double season.

We are on our first really major infestation of mice in 2017, we were called to a home where they had a mouse problem. After cleaning out a storage shed where they had kept bags of dry dog food they found one of the 10 kg bags completely empty! All of the other bags were removed and disposed of and when the food source was removed. The mice went looking for alternative accommodation with food which was the home.

To date, we have caught 37 mice in traps and used 12 blocks of bait around the shed area. When you enter a room and you visually see mice casually scurrying around then you know you have a major problem. We normally have a handle on a job in 3 visits max – but this is going to be an exception. We also got great news on Friday with 2 new contracts on board. Another building project and a hospital – so onwards and upwards!!


A silverfish infestation in an apartment block…

45 Apartments plus a basement infested with silverfish

5Th February 2017

Another busy week has ended with a silverfish infestation in an apartment block. We have dealt with silverfish before but never on this scale! 45 Apartments plus a basement infested due to a damp problem in the building… We have started the treatment to eradicate this problem but it will not be a pest problem that will disappear overnight. Silverfish dwell in damp unlit conditions and can cause problems when they start eating wallpaper, clothes, and paperwork. They are an unpleasant looking insect and are often mistaken for cockroaches.


Wasp nest removal

12th February 2017

Major pest problems at the end of this week, some really out of the ordinary jobs coming in from a wasp nest removal from within the wheels of a bicycle to a rodent problem in a 171 d Mercedes in a car showroom!!. We are also having a major headache with rats showing extreme signs of Neophobia, they are becoming more and more weary of bait and traps – partly from people setting traps wrong or in the wrong areas or over-trapping areas.
Rats are extremely clever creatures and will use young/old or injured rodent to actually test bait or traps first. If they get caught in the trap it will serve 2 purposes: – 1) it will teach others not to

1) It will teach others not to feed from traps and see traps as a threat.

2) The trapped rodent will now become a food source as rats are known to become cannibalistic once there is a shortage of food.

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Rat problems causing significant damage to properties

The main culprit so far has been Rodents…

5Th January 2017

The start of 2017 has started where 2016 left off – busy busy busy – And the main culprit so far has been Rodents. We are having major difficulties over the past couple of weeks with rat problems causing significant damage to properties. We are currently at full stretch with all of our motion sensor cameras and traptec systems already out on domestic calls, the motion cameras are picking up great footage of rats showing acute signs of Neophobia

noun: neophobia

Extreme or irrational fear or dislike of anything new or unfamiliar.****
These tendencies are causing a major headache for pest control technicians with rats also showing signs of Bait shyness and trap shyness, one of the causes of this in our opinion is where a householder tackles the problem themselves and calls in Pest Control when they are unsure of how to proceed after getting some activity or no activity through sprung traps or inadequate use of rodenticides. We tell all potential customers who ring Pest Control Dublin — “Advice is Free”

Rats are stealing the show so far this year

16th January 2017

Rats are stealing the show so far this year , we have been inundated with calls regarding rodent activity and we have received more calls in the past 2 weeks than we have in the past 2 months . Most calls are from people looking for tips on how to best pest proof their homes to stop rodent entry , unfortunately this can be a daunting task depending on your property. we were called to a cottage with a Thatched roof and it has been our first thatched roof in 17 years- and how do you pest proof a thatched roof ??? well you probably can’t as there are so many variables -birds, rodents, insects to name but a few .

30 % increase in Rodent activity

30 % increase in Rodent activity

Tuesday 25th October 2016

This year alone we have seen a 30 % increase in Rodent activity. And we are in line with global statistics as they have increased globally not only in Ireland. We have embraced new technology in our constant battle against rodents. From endoscope cameras to let us get into places where the human eye cannot see and motion sensor cameras which we leave in place so we can gauge rodent activity or lack of it!!

We have also taken on board the “Traptec” system which basically is a GSM monitored trap system where if a trap is activated. We receive a text message or an email to confirm it! This will cut down on unnecessary follow-up calls if there is no activity – saving you our customer money!

The Traptec GSM monitored rodent trapping system

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

We have started to use the Traptec GSM monitored rodent trapping system. We were skeptical at first but it has come into its own and will benefit both client and our technicians. Our technician will run you through the system which may seem very technical but is very straight forward.

The wedge is connected to the traps in your property and when a rodent activates a trap the wedge sends a signal to a GSM station which will be plugged into your property. This station will then send a message via either email or text message to our phones. This will then save us calling to your property for a follow-up call when there will be no need to thus saving you the expense of a follow-up call unless it will be needed.

This system can also be connected to feral cat traps. We are embracing this system and looking to techniques of old to try and refrain from using baits as we feel poisoning is not only having a negative effect on non-target species but also secondary poisoning on our endangered wildlife. A big part of keeping your home rodent free is proofing your property against rats and mice, from the attic space to drainage on your property