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Pest Control in West Dorset

Information and advice about pests.

Have you got a problem with pests?

Modern, centrally heated homes can offer an inviting shelter during the cold winter months. Open windows during the summer invite other pests in to investigate possible food sources.

Often it is the cleanest homes that are most at risk. Whatever we do, pests can be a year-round problem.

What should I do?

If you noticed evidence of pests at home or work would you know what to do to get rid of them?

From insects to animals, pests come in all shapes and sizes, some look unpleasant, but most are harmless. However, there are a few pests that can cause more than a nuisance and these should be dealt with as they can be a risk to your health. More information and advice on different common pests is available below.  

If you do notice a pest problem, the earlier it is dealt with the better. We do not offer pest control services, but there are qualified service providers in the area. Many household pests can be dealt with by using the humane traps and chemicals available in the shops, but sometimes it is advisable to call in the experts to solve a persistent problem. If you require professional help you should use the internet, trade or business directory to find a suitably qualified service. It is advisable to get more than one quote and to check that the company undertaking the work is competent.       

How to prevent rats and mice

Eliminate sources of food, water and shelter, including open storage of food, bird food or pet food. If you feed birds or keep chickens, try using a rat proof container, minmise what you put out, feed them in the early morning and remove leftovers before nightfall. You can help wild birds without attracting rodents by growing insect-attracting plants or ones with edible winter berries.  The RSPB (opens in a new window)provides good advice.    

How to prevent rats and mice

  • Check rodents can't get in through gaps under doors, windows or pipes.
  • Put all food waste securely in your brown bin from Dorset Waste Partnership and put it out for collection weekly. 
  • Make sure compost bins are enclosed and fitted with 6mm galvanised wire mesh to the base before being put into the ground. This will stop rodents tunnelling in. Do not put food waste in your compost apart from vegetable waste, coffee grounds and tea bags etc. 
  • Make sure your bins have properly fitting lids and rubbish is properly disposed of. 
  • Maintain gullies and sewer pipes on your property.
  • If your property has air bricks or low ventilation pipes place mesh over them to stop rodents, but do not block them.          

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