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How To Start Your New Year Without Pests!

Author: Hampshire Bird & Pest Solutions

With Christmas now unfortunately behind us, we have to get back into normal life again. We're unlikely to be the only ones to have overindulged this Christmas, as the UK's rodent population will be enjoying the bonus of all the extra household waste, leftovers and takeaway litter left by households and revellers alike.

Post Christmas Pest Risks

The festive season around Christmas and New Year often brings with it extra waste, this coupled with infrequent or irregular refuse collections means that we all end up with extra rubbish around our properties and streets. It's estimated that the brown rat population has increased over 30% since 1998, with some experts suggesting there is now one rodent for every person in Britain (BBC, 2013).

Rodents such as mice and rats can be extremely hazardous, their droppings and urine can contaminate surfaces in your home, which shouldn't be handled at all without gloves and respiratory mask. There's also risk of fleas, ticks and lice, and a fire hazard caused by their constant need to chew through things, including electrical wires.

How to Prevent New Year Pests!

There are many steps you can take to help prevent rodents from finding your home suitable.

  • Don't put excessive food waste on compost heaps around this time.
  • Ensure all waste is securely stored either in sealed containers and bins, or tied good quality bags. Avoid loose piles of rubbish.
  • Check any potential access points such as drain inspection covers are in good repair.
  • Make sure any trees and shrubs outside are trimmed, and eliminate standing water where possible. This will help prevent rodents from finding shelter.
  • Check for leaky pipes and repair any holes outside that may allow rodents to sneak in through.
  • If you have firewood, keep it as far away from your home as possible, same goes for your rubbish and wheelie bins.
  • Finally, ensure your home is clean and free of loose food. Wipe down counters regularly and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink.

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