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There are many different types of pests that live in both urban and rural areas, but according to official statistics the brown rat and the house mouse are the most common ones. If your home or garden is infested with these pests then you need to take action. Here are just some of the reasons why you need to control rat and mice infestations.

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To start with, we must consider the risk of diseases. Numerous studies have shown that rats carry many different kinds of diseases and some of them are lethal to humans. We all know that rats caused the devastating bubonic plague in the 17th century. In addition, rats are carriers of many dangerous organisms like salmonella. Their urine also contains compounds that cause Weil’s disease.

In addition, mice and rats can also cause lots of damage. They have teeth that need to be sharpened all the time, so they bite and chew everything that gets in their way. They can cut walls and cables and cause expensive problems.

If you leave them without taking any action, you risk infestation. One female rat can give birth to up to 60 rats in one year. These are just some of the reasons why home-owners and businesses must report the presence of rats and mice to pest control experts so that the necessary treatments can be implemented to get rid of them.

Some of the most common places where rats and mice are found include places close to food sources and warm places. Buildings that are connected to the house, garages, sheds and farm buildings are some of their favourite locations.

If you believe that you may have a rat or mice infestation and are not sure what action to take, then please contact Pestbusters now and we will investigate the problem for you.

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Mice are one of the most common pests that can be found where we live, whether in an urban or rural community and quite a few of us have a fear of these creatures.

Some people start sweating and feeling uncomfortable even when someone mentions rodents. The suspicion that there are rats or mice in your home can lead to anxiety and we can’t say that this fear is completely irrational. As we all know, rodents can pass many diseases to humans and on top of that they can cause much damage in the house.


Mice have very strong teeth and they gnaw on literally everything that gets on their way. In addition, some of them carry fleas and microorganisms that can result in serious health issues in humans and pets.

Locating mice

Before taking any action, you should hire a team of professionals that will check the site and see whether there are mice and how many of them are there. By doing this, you will know what kind of action you need to take. There are certain signs that help professionals estimate the level of infestation. Some of these signs include: the number of holes, droppings, damage, runs, nests and smear marks.

Mice – key features

An average adult mouse found in the home is very small – between one and two inches long (without the tail). They can be easily recognized by their pointy nose, tiny eyes and big ears. They usually come in brown and light grey colour and have dense fur. House mice enter our homes in search for food and to give birth to baby mice.


The house mouse reaches sexual maturity when it turns eight weeks. A female mouse can give birth to eight litters that consist of up to 16 young every year. So, in theory, one mouse can produce 128 young mice a year!

Finally, mice are erratic feeders and they tend to shed many rat droppings in one day (up to 70).

What Types Of Diseases Do Mice Carry?

Rodents are pretty prolific. Across the globe, there are around 2,200 species and they can be found on every continent (Antarctica is the only exception). They can live in many different habitats and they can reproduce quickly and in high numbers. Some of them, especially mice and rats, have adjusted their way of life to the human environment. In the last few decades, they have become one of the most common pest animals in urban areas. Of course, mice carry many different microorganisms that cause diseases in humans. In this article, we will highlight some of the diseases that people can develop when they are in contact with mice. Bear in mind that these diseases are very rare but it’s best to be warned about them.


Many mice carry Salmonella bacteria and this bacteria causes problems in pets and humans. The bacteria is transmitted via water or food contaminated with mice droppings. Abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea are some of the most common symptoms of Salmonella which occur after 12 to 72 hours. In rare cases, Salmonella bacteria can lead to an extreme infection known as typhoid fever.

Weil’s disease

Weil’s disease is a specific form of Leptospirosis. This disease leads to failure of many different organs, internal bleeding and in some cases – death. The symptoms of this disease carried by mice include coughing up blood, jaundice, seizures, vomiting, chest pain and swollen hands, feet and/or ankles.


Leptospirosis is a serious infection that is triggered by Leptospira bacteria. It comes from the urine of infected mice even though dogs, pigs, and cattle can get infected too. This disease is typical for subtropical and tropical regions. Diarrhea, red eyes, vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, and chills are common symptoms of Leptospirosis.

Rat-bite fever

As the name suggests, this disease is caused by rat/mice bite. It is triggered by two different kinds of bacteria – Spirillum minus and Streptobacillus moniliformin. Infected mice have it in their urine, faeces and eye, mouth and nose secretions. The fever caused by Streptobacillus leads to rash, joint pain, headache, vomiting, and fever. The one caused by Spirillum causes ulcers, repeated fever, and swelling.

Large infestations of mice can be dangerous so we urge you to get in touch if you’re experiencing problems.


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When it comes to rats, it is always a good idea to prevent them from entering your garden in the first place rather than to look for a solution later. If you pay attention to the following you should have success in preventing rats from getting into your garden.

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First thing you should do is to remove food sources. Rats are on the look out for food all the time so if you want to prevent them from coming, make sure that your food leftovers are properly stored in sealed bags. Rubbish should always be kept in strongly closed bins. Have in mind that thrive in areas that are filled with lots of rubbish, so be careful with the waste from your household.

Bird feeders are also very attractive spots for rats When building or buying bird feeders, make or pick one that will keep the bird food well contained, and that will not allow food spillages directly in the garden. If you notice mice or rats that eat something bellow the bird feeders, then stop leaving food in the bird feeders for some time in order for the rats to leave.

Keep your garden and environment around your house clean and tidy at all times. Dirty places attract rats in large numbers as they seek for food and shelter. Move all unnecessary garden furniture or tools away from the garden, so the rats will not have a place to hide.
In order to check whether rats have invaded your garden, look for the following signs – diggings and holes in the ground, different types of noises, rat droppings, etc. There are lots of products available for dealing with rats including some pesticides, but if the problem persists then the best thing to do is to hire a professional pest control service that will take care of them.

For more advice about rat control, please contact us now.

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Finding pests in your home can be very distressing. Pests such as rats, mice, ants etc can cause great damage to your home and its environment, either by littering it or by damaging your household items. But there are reasons why that they head towards your home. Here are a few reasons why these unwanted pests raid your property:

General Cleanliness – Rats, mice and cockroaches love dirty and cluttered properties. To avoid this you should make sure that your house is kept neat and tidy at all times with no leftover food left around. Vacuum your home often and get rid of dust. Dispose off your rubbish properly to avoid pests.

Holes and Gaps – Pests like rats and mice find their way through the tiniest openings of your house. You need to keep a proper check of the surroundings to make sure that there are no unwanted holes and gaps in the walls or doors.

Food – Never leave food open and lying around. These pests raid your place in search of food. Cover all food items properly. Keep them in the fridge and avoid keeping food in an open view.

Fix Leaks – If you have any pipes or taps leaking, fix them at your earliest convenience. Pests like silverfish tend to be found more in damp places. To avoid this, try keeping the kitchens and bathroom as dry as possible.

Roof – Make sure your roof is sealed at all times. Pigeons and even squirrels can enter you house through an opening in your roof and find itself a comfortable place. Fix any broken tiles and possible points of entry.

Pest Busters is a specialist pest and insect control company based in the West Midlands with extensive experience of treating all household pest problems. If you have discovered an insect infestation in your home, call our team of experts in to take swift action before the problem gets out of hand.

For quick and effective pest and insect control that you can rely on contact Pest Busters.

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Dealing with rat infestations is one of the pest control jobs that we frequently get called out for. We have many years experience in handling rat problems and over this time we have built a grudging respect for the creature! Here are 10 things you didn’t know about rats:
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Having a pest infestation problem can present a risk to your health. There is a whole range of nasty illnesses and diseases that could come about if a pest infestation isn’t dealt with appropriately. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main ones:

Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastroenteritis – These illnesses can be caused by cockroaches contaminating your food and work surfaces if your food isn’t stored safely. The problem can be exacerbated if flies are allowed to land on food and spread the germs further. All three of these illnesses can become serious if not dealt with quickly and they lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, and severe stomach cramps. Rats or mice contaminating your food can cause these problems as well.

Hantavirus – This is pretty rare and is caused when humans come into contact with mouse or rat urine, rat droppings or saliva. Symptoms of Hantavirus are fever, haemorrhage and in worse case scenario, renal failure.

Weil’s Disease – This can be caused if rat or mouse urine contaminates water. It enters the body through eyes, mouth, nose, ears or cuts in the skin. Once again, this is rare and it’s more likely to happen in farm/agricultural environments. Symptoms are similar to flu but it can then escalate into far more serious damage such as meningitis or liver damage.

Pneumonia, E- Coli and Listeria – water that is contaminated by bird droppings can potentially cause e-coli and listeria. If bird droppings are allowed to accumulate and dry it can cause a dust that can bring about respiratory infections and problems such as pneumonia.

Thankfully, all of the above are quite rare and with appropriate hygiene standards they can be avoided completely. However, the severity of these illnesses illustrates the need to act quickly in the event of a pest infestation. It can be dangerous to let pest problems escalate so if you need any advice about dealing with pest control problem and how to avoid issues in the future, please get in touch. We would be happy to help.

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Rats are a problem in all the major cities of the world and London is no exception. Since Victorian times London has been trying to control the massive increase in rat populations. The London sewer system was built in the Victorian period and this is where the problem really started. Of course, even before then during the 17th century, black rats were the cause of the bubonic plague and were a problem on London streets and across the country. However, whilst the bubonic plague is no longer a threat, rats are still a big problem and in the large cities of the world, and they are becoming bigger and bigger in size because of the amount of food that is available to them.

Rat-ControlThere is an estimated 7.5 million rats in London which is a staggering figure. The regular supply of litter, food scraps and shelter is all part of the issue that Londoners face. The amount of new building that takes place in London is also part of the problem. New foundations get dug, waste pipes are installed and sewer pipes are capped off. The failure to put in anti-rodent barriers allows rats to enter into floor voids and these become perfect nesting sites for them to nest. Once they are able to get into a property that’s when the problems can really start.

Of course, people are part of the problem here. Not discarding waste properly, allowing rats easy access to rubbish and the general food waste that is left from fast food takeaways and restaurants is the perfect environment for rats to flourish. Having stricter hygiene controls, being more careful with waste disposal and sealing off potential entry routes for rats would help this situation.

To solve a rat problem professionally you need to monitor the rats’ behaviour patterns and establish why they are using the building and how they are managing to get in. At Pestbusters we have many years experience in dealing with pest and rats control in London and the surrounding areas, so if you need any help, please do not hesitate to call us.

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Pestbusters is providing a fact sheet to give you information about the common house mouse. We hope it will help you understand the pest better, however, if you do experience problems please call us on 08000 35 1000.


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We also have here Info-graphic facts about common house mouse. The Facts includes their behaviour, life span, size, weight, habitat, range and Latin name. If you are facing problems with them, call us on 08000 35 1000, we are here to help you with all your pest control needs.




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At Pestbusters we have the know-how, experience and training to help you with your pest control problems. For a long time we have been thinking about producing our very own pest control self-help videos to give you advice about how to prevent and deal with pest problems and we have some exciting news for you. We are about to create our first in a series of videos which will help to inform, educate and prepare you for the types of pests that are out there and how to deal with them.


Pest Control Self-HelpFeaturing our very own General Manager Darren Brough, our videos will be packed with hints and tips about how to deal with pests such as rats, mice, ants, cockroaches, wasps etc and we will give you insider tips on how best to tackle these issues.

Our aim is to make you aware of the current pest control issues we have to deal with and give you practical advice on what you can do if you face a problem. We hope you will find the videos interesting and informative and share them with friends, family and colleagues so that everybody becomes more informed.

Please watch this space….our self-help pest control videos will be coming very soon!