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How to Deal with Unwanted Wildlife

By |October 13th, 2020|

We’re all familiar with the risk of rodents, bugs, insects and other pests invading our properties but what happens when something a little more unexpected makes themselves at home?

Wildlife such as foxes, moles, rabbits and squirrels will very rarely find their way inside but it’s not uncommon for them to be found in gardens and other outdoor areas. While they may be cuter than your typical pest, wildlife can cause a lot of damage around properties, attract other pests and it can also be a worry if you have pets.

So, what can you do when these creatures become a nuisance to your home or business premises?

Know the legislation

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) means that there are strict rules when it comes to applying rodenticides outside. This is because they can be highly toxic and need to be used correctly to ensure that wildlife and other non-target animals like pets are kept safe.

Please don’t try to use rodenticides outside. If you have a problem with wildlife in a domestic or business premises, please contact a professional pest controller. You can find out how Prokill adheres to CRRU rules on our website.

Dealing with a mole infestation

Mole problems can be difficult to deal with because they live underground. Repellents, poisons and fumigants are all popular options but as we mentioned above, please leave this to the professionals.

Moles prefer to live in areas where the soil stays moist so if you want them to move on quickly, you could try improving the drainage on your property.

Dealing with a squirrel infestation

It’s not uncommon to see squirrels and while the odd one here or there isn’t a problem, big numbers of them can cause a lot of damage. Squirrels can also become problematic if one manages to get in through the loft because they can chew through walls, timber, cables and electrical wiring.

Some top tips for getting rid of a squirrel infestation include:

• Remove any food sources such as bird feed, rubbish and pet food
• Use gutter guards and cover downspouts so they can’t enter buildings through the roof and facia boards
• Trim tree branches which hang over the roof
• Seal entry points and cracks in walls
• Remove any firewood being stored against the building

Dealing with a fox infestation

Foxes are seen as pests because they scavenge any food they can, they cause damage to gardens and landscapes and for anyone who keeps chickens or rabbits in their garden, it can be a worry.

Some effective ways to deal with a fox problem include:

• Eliminate whatever is attracting foxes to your property. This could be rubbish, an easily accessible chicken coop or nice warm shelter
• Spray a non-toxic chemical such as Scoot, Wash Off and Get Off, Stay Off or Get Off My Garden. Please always follow instructions even when using non-toxic chemicals
• Don’t leave ground-floor windows and doors open, especially after dark. Foxes may make their way inside for food
• Store rubbish in secure metal bins
• Keep outside areas free of clutter
• Extend your fence above and/or below ground. You may need planning permission for this

Dealing with a rabbit infestation

Rabbits may seem harmless, but they can cause plenty of damage to gardens. Some top tips for getting rid of rabbits include:

• Rabbits will only live in areas that provide cover from predators. If you have low-growing shrubs, brush piles, tall grass, a shed or other structure, this will be very appealing to them
• Fill your garden with plants that rabbits don’t like to eat such as geranium, marigold, Mexican sunflower, bleeding hearts, daffodils, forget-me-nots, ginger, hyacinth, lavender, peony and rhododendron
• Add barrier fencing to protect plants
• Water scarecrows, fake snakes and owls, aluminium pie pans and ultrasonic devices can help scare off rabbits

The best thing to do when faced with a wildlife infestation is to call a professional pest controller. Prokill specialises in wildlife control for both domestic and business premises. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information or to book in for a free, no obligation audit.

Pest Control for Landlords

By |October 6th, 2020|

Landlords naturally want to ensure that tenants are taking good care of their property. While inspections are a common term of renting, these normally consist of a quick check to ensure everything is in good working order.

Do you or your property management company ever check for the signs of a pest infestation however? This is something that doesn’t often cross people’s mind until the infestation has spiralled out of control and significant damage has occurred.

Rather than waiting for an infestation to happen, it’s a good idea for landlords to include pest prevention as part of their regular checks. There are a number of benefits of doing this including:

• It saves money in the long run. If someone is renting a property, they’re more likely to ignore problems for longer than they would if it was their own home. If pest are left to their own devices for too long, they can cause significant structural damage which will be costly to repair
• It establishes a good relationship with tenants. Pests may become a problem if tenants aren’t practicing good prevention techniques but they can also find their way inside despite everyone’s best efforts. By having a prevention plan in place, tenants can be reassured that you’re doing everything you can to keep them safe and that you know how to act swiftly in the event of an infestation
• It ensures tenants are being responsible. Pests have all sorts of clever ways to sneak inside but there’s a lot we can do to make it as difficult as possible for them. By educating tenants about these techniques, you know that they’re doing everything they can to keep your property safe
 It protects your reputation. If your property becomes known for pest infestations, you’re going to struggle to find and keep tenants. This is especially important because rodents, cockroaches, fleas and bed bugs can be a health risk. Infestations can spread diseases and aggravate certain conditions such as asthma, eczema and allergies

How can I protect my rental property?

There are a number of ways landlords and agents can protect the properties they’re letting out.

• Ask tenants to clear up food spillages immediately and store food in tightly sealed containers
• Fill any potential entry points around the property. Don’t forget the roof because many pests climb up trees and gain access via the top of the house
• Clear drainpipes of leaves
• Ensure any outside space is kept clean and free of clutter
• Encourage tenants to keep the property clean
• Educate tenants about the signs of an infestation so they know to call you as soon as they suspect there may be a problem
• Ask tenants to report any leaks as soon as they notice them. Pests are drawn to water and can often be found lurking near pipes, especially if they’re dripping

Another great tip is to enlist the help of a local pest control company. Having someone on hand you know you can trust means that you will be able to deal with an infestation quickly and effectively.

Crucially, they will also be able to share prevention techniques which can be tailored to your property after conducting a full survey.

For further information about pest control for landlords or to book in for your free, no obligation audit, please get in touch with Prokill.