One of the biggest drawbacks to living in London is the potential for pest infestations in your business or your home. If the signs of a pest infestation have gone unnoticed or have been pushed to the bottom of your to-do list, the consequences could become dire rapidly. There are plenty of reasons why you should never ignore such a problem, least of all because it can end up causing expensive damage to your property. This post details all the signs that you now need an emergency pest control company – and how to manage that.
Before we get into the reasons as to why, let us first take a look at some of the most common culprits that could be causing you problems and trigger the need for emergency pest control London. Not only to know the signs to look out for, but also so you can act quickly, too.
Fleas are most common in homes with pets like cats and dogs. They are hard to spot, so it is easier to look for signs in your pets as opposed to your home. A pet with fleas will be scratching a lot, almost constantly. They may seem irritable, and they may even behave in an agitated manner. You can sometimes see the fleas jumping around on your pet, as they are small and black to the naked eye. Look for flea dirt in your pet’s coat; it looks like small grains of black sand in clusters, usually around the neck and back end. Fleas can bite humans and infest carpets, curtains, and furniture if they are left to their own devices.
Rats and Mice
Rats and mice are often noticed when it’s too late to stop them from spreading. By the time you are seeing them, they have already bred in their hideaway burrows and are well established on your property. Because they largely operate nocturnally and externally, when they have made their way indoors, they likely already have well-established routes and hideouts. So, when you do see the signs (dug up tunnels, droppings, chewed up bin bags, chewed food, holes in cupboards), act quickly.
Cockroaches are one of the easier pests to spot. They grow large, they smell, and they have distinctive droppings that they leave just about everywhere owing to the large amounts of random things that they consume. If you have one cockroach, you have more hiding nearby and they need dealing with to stop the spread. Cockroaches are less common in England, but they can still be a problem.
Bed bugs are probably one of the harder pests to eliminate. They breed rapidly and in large numbers, they can get everywhere and anywhere, and they can spread from property to property as easily as clicking your fingers. So, if you notice bedbug eggs (white and sticky clusters), or blood droplets on your bedding, ring the pest control professionals and let them deal with it.
Emergency Pest Control Reasons
Pests in any capacity need dealing with in a timely manner, but sometimes you might need a pest control expert sooner than you realise. This is where emergency pest control comes in. Why might you need it on an emergency basis? Read on to find out.
Building Aesthetic and Economic Damage
You have noticed aesthetic damage to your building. This can take form in various ways, but the most common problems in this area are holes in your walls, peeling paint, woodwork damage, chewed through cupboards, and other structural damage such as wall deterioration. Of course, the main motivation for an exterminator in these circumstances is to minimise any further damage to your home or business. It is also to minimise any further costs of repair, but it is also because it feels like a violation of sorts of what you have built and invested in. Damage such as this can end up costing a lot of money to set right, but it can also be dangerous to live around splintered woodwork, holes, and compromised walls. If you are a household with children, this is especially important to correct.
Moving on to the potential for internal damage. This includes things like pipe damage, wiring damage, and damage to appliances. For example, a mouse or a rat gets into your kitchen through one of their created entry chew points. The rat or the mouse then proceeds to sniff around for food, but while it is there doing its thing, it also chews through some of your appliances, maybe your hand mixer. The next time you go to plug this in, not checking for wiring damage because, why would you? It either shocks you or shorts your socket, and now you have even bigger problems. This is just one tangent of the type of damage these critters can cause. If you even suspect that you have a rat or mouse problem, always check your cupboards, particularly in the food areas. This is where they are most likely to come through and cause problems, like the one we explored above.
We will also discuss asset damage in this category, as it is closely linked. If you get bed bugs, there is a good chance that when they spread you will have to destroy or get rid of anything they made a home on. This is unavoidable in order to prevent them from returning and stop them at their source. So, there is a potential loss of a lot of possessions here from curtains to clothing and everything in between. Don’t forget, these little pests can get everywhere.
You Notice Pest Droppings
Pest droppings are not an ideal thing to have laying around. If you have children, they may pick them up and suffer the consequences, such as disease and becoming unwell. If you have pets, they may become too interested in it and you may see behavioural changes, as well as the potential for them to become ill. Plus, there is the overriding fact that you just don’t need pest droppings around the house. If you see any signs of this, call the experts for either advice or services.
Your Food Has Been Infiltrated
If your food has been infiltrated, you will know from the chew marks, unexplained open packets, or half eaten or missing contents inside cupboards. It is unlikely that a rat or a mouse could make its way unaided into your fridge, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if you notice a problem just in case. If your food is being targeted, then this counts as an emergency, and you have to act accordingly. Store anything that you can in airtight containers up and away from all the marked entry points, wherever possible. Throw anything that has been chewed or shows signs of being tampered with immediately, you aren’t going to want to eat that. Make a plan to exterminate the pests; whether you do this independently or you call some emergency pest control for the London area, it’s up to you.
You Are Being Kept Awake
This is mainly geared towards rodents, but if you have ever had them in your house, then you will know how loud they can be. They chew, and it isn’t quiet. Their teeth are quite powerful, and they make their way through wires, pipes, wood, you name it. Therefore, there is going to be quite a lot of noise associated with that naturally. As we said previously, they like to work at night when it is quiet and there is less predator potential, so their chewing is going to keep you awake. Not to mention if you happen to have dogs or cats in the house, it will more than likely wake them up and drive them to insanity! Sleep deprivation is no joke, and it can affect work performance, mental health, and day-to-day general functioning.
You Have Health Concerns
Flea bites, cockroach excrement, and rodent trails are not pleasant concepts. All of these things can give you nightmares and make you feel, rightfully, concerned for the potential impact on your health. Pets can become very poorly if left untreated with fleas, and humans can have adverse reactions to being bitten by them too. Fleas are also major disease carriers, as are rats and mice. So, your concerns are valid ones and will absolutely be taken seriously when raised with an emergency pest control London expert. This is especially important for households with small children and babies, as they can be affected more seriously than adults.
Conclusion- Emergency Pest Control
If you find yourself in need of emergency pest control in London, then don’t fret. A lot of professional services are easy to find, either through an online query or word of mouth. Don’t ever let embarrassment stop you from seeking the proper professional input, you’ll be surprised how many inner-city households have similar types of problems. These are the experts, so they will know the best solutions to eradicating the problem at the source before it becomes an out-of-control problem with sparse ways of moving forward.
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