Rodents in a Chicken Pen
We were contacted by a customer to find out why his chicken feed was going down quicker than normal, he thought it might be down to rodents, birds or squirrels.
We placed a camera in the chicken pen and left it there for a week. Once we looked at the footage of the camera it was obvious they had a mischief of 10-20 rats ranging from a few weeks old to full grown adults.
After advising the client to remove the food at night, direct baiting the burrows we found under some pallets, and placing bait boxes, the rats were quickly eradicated.
A customer’s boiler pressure dropped suddenly one night and leaked through the ceiling of his top floor flat. A plumber was called and traced the leak to a pipe in the loft that had been chewed by rodents.
Droppings in the loft pointed to both squirrels and rats. Before we could do anything we had to confirm which was present this time.
We installed a camera to catch any movement in the loft and found it was rats on this occasion.
The camera also pointed us in the direction of the entry point of the loft that rats and previously squirrels were getting in and after a short treatment of bait and traps we were able to seal the entrance and stop re-infestation.
Elephants in the Loft
A client called asking if we could investigate what sounded like to him an elephant crashing around the loft of his end terraced house, mainly at dawn and dusk.
After looking in the loft and finding items including toys, books and numerous boxes all chewed by something we placed a camera to see what was going on.
The camera confirmed a squirrel had gained entry but was not nesting there. We traced the entry point to his loft was via the soffits of the roof but could not find the entry point on the outside.
We decided to return at dusk to see if we could catch the squirrel gaining entry only to discover a grey squirrel running across the roof of not only his house but gaining entry to roof space of a house three doors up the terrace via a broken tile. It was not only gaining entry to our clients loft but unknown to his next door neighbours the squirrel was in theirs. After checking the lofts and finding no evidence of a nest we waited for it to emerge from the loft and then replaced the tile thus solving the problem.