There are many circumstances which may lead to you seeing rodents, active, in the vicinity of your home. Everyone has a responsibility to prevent these pests from getting established and breeding in the urban environment near our homes.
Sefton’s Pest Control Team in conjunction with United Utilities treat the sewer system by lifting 2000 inspection chambers every year and putting bait in there.
The Environmental Public Health Team will investigate allegations of rodent activity, in an attempt, to discover how they may have escaped out of the sewers, where they may have gone to and how they became established or are flourishing. For this reason they will look for:-
- drainage defects in the area affected – to establish where they came from (how they got out of the sewers)
- significant harbourage or nesting material, which would enable the colony to become established – away from natural predators such as (cats/dogs/seagulls/humans)
- sufficient food sources that would allow them to flourish – this can be rubbish which has been left out for collection. Food put out for the birds/squirrels or fly-tipped waste which may include food containers and scraps.
With any of the above we are able to rectify these situations that could lead to rodent activity. We are not able to stop a rat from running across your property, without knowing where they are either coming from or going to (where one or more of the above may be present).
IF you are seeing rodent activity in your property you could ‘protect’ yourself and book a treatment with our pest control team.
Call them out on 0345 140 0845.
It is free, if you are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction Scheme Benefits, or reasonably priced if you are not getting these benefits. View further details about Pest Control.
Where wheelie bins are used to keep rubbish, one major food source has been excluded from any rats looking for something to eat. In these locations, this supply of food, has been replaced by our bird and squirrel feeding habits. Birds in particular, are messy eaters and a significant amount of what is put out for them ends up on the ground, where it becomes more available for our rodent enemies.
1st course of action
Most people or businesses do not realise that their actions are causing an issue to others and by politely speaking to them or putting your concerns in writing, the problem can be resolved. This is why we ask that you contact them in the first instance.
To help you with this we have included some tips at the bottom of the page, on how to approach people and some sample letters if you don't feel comfortable speaking face to face.