Pests cause damage and can be a health risk to humans. Rats, mice, cockroaches and other insects are often found in the kitchen, loft area or bedroom, and can spread germs that cause illness such as Leptospirosis. Rodents can also gnaw through wiring causing expensive electrical problems.

Even the cleanest, best maintained property can be the target of unwanted pests. Unless you take preventative action against them, pests can breed quickly and become an expensive nuisance. Rodents, mice and cockroaches are able to creep into spaces as small as a penny, making them very difficult to get rid of without professional help.

A well maintained garden and the removal of food waste can deter rodents, as can regularly checking that outside walls are undamaged. Overgrown gardens and piles of rubbish are a good place for rats to hide, so check sheds and outbuildings regularly for signs of their presence. Also beware of climbing plants and gaps around the eaves of the house, as rats are excellent climbers.

Squirrels are another common pest control Hertfordshire, with their ability to gnaw through cable and pipe work as they build their burrows under lawns & sports fields, causing costly damage. A regular trapping programme will help to protect your property from these destructive animals. Wasps & hornets are another common problem. These can be dangerous if not treated correctly and can deliver a painful sting. Safeguard is able to deal with these safely and efficiently.

Understanding Pest Infestations

Pest infestations can happen to anyone, regardless of how clean or well-maintained your home may be. Understanding the common causes and signs of infestations is essential for prompt action.

Causes of Pest Infestations

Pests are often attracted to homes for various reasons, including:

  • Food and Water Sources: Crumbs, spills, and standing water can attract pests like ants and cockroaches.
  • Clutter: Piles of clutter provide hiding spots and breeding grounds for pests.
  • Cracks and Gaps: Small openings in walls, doors, and windows serve as entry points for pests.
  • Moisture: Damp areas, such as basements and bathrooms, attract pests like termites and mold.