User guide – Slim line Ultrasonic Mouse, Rat & Spider repeller from Pest Stop

The latest slimline & discrete Ultrasonic Mouse, Rat & Spider repeller from Pest-Stop protects large sized house (up to 4000 sq.ft). The advanced ultrasonic mouse & spider repeller has separate settings for mice, rats and crawling insects (spiders).

The Ultrasonic pest repeller uses fluctuating ultrasonic waves to cause auditory stress to pests which disrupt their normal behaviour patterns and make it uncomfortable for them to stay in the same room. Additionally, the unit sends electromagnetic pulses through your home wiring circuit that vermin find uncomfortable.

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Floods and problems with pests

FLOODS

Floodwaters often bring mass devastation, flooding homes and other premises, causing stress and deprivation. The presence of floods also frequently heightens the risk of disease.

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Floods can create the perfect environment for pests, such as rodents, since they are often displaced from sewers and burrows. The standing water, waste, sewage and debris left behind provide ideal breeding grounds for insects such as mosquitoes and other flies. Such favourable conditions can result in an abundance of disease carrying and nuisance causing flies, posing a significant risk to health.

DISEASE

Coliform bacteria and other faecal organisms can be associated with floods, stormdrains, sewer back-up incidents, etc. Weil’s disease or Leptospirosis, carried by rodents, has been associated with flooding. Some studies have found a 15-fold risk of the disease associated with walking through floodwaters. A recent report revealed that there were 42 cases of Weil’s disease
reported in England in 2010. Epidemics may be associated with changes in human behaviour, animal or sewage contamination of water, changes in animal reservoir density or following natural disasters such as floods. It is important to be aware of the flu-like symptoms caused by a Leptospirosis infection. Those who may be exposed to Leptospirosis should take relevant precautions listed on the ‘Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease)’ cards, which should be kept with you at all times.

floods

INSECT PESTS

Filth and debris left by the floodwaters create excellent breeding conditions for houseflies, mosquitoes, other flies and insects associated with decaying organic matter. Those insects may be capable of causing significant nuisance and in some cases spreading disease.

Control of such insects involves removal of the breeding source, which can be standing/stagnant water, and accumulations of organic matter in drainage systems. Flooded cellars in particular, can harbour Culex pipiens biotype molestus, a human-biting mosquito. Accumulations of decaying organic matter can provide breeding sites for a number of different ‘drain’ flies that may be involved in disease transmission and can certainly reach nuisance proportions. Such families of flies include the lesser dung flies family Sphaeroceridae, fruit flies family Drosophilidae, owl-midges or bathroom flies family Pyschodidae, fungus gnats family Mycetophilidae, sciarid flies family Sciaridae, window gnats family Anisopodidae and others. Sites that are very wet, for at least part of the year, may favour the development of biting midges, family Ceratopogonidae.

Sewer rats, or brown rats, are sneaking into houses in the UK to escape the flooding
Sewer rats, or brown rats, are sneaking into houses in the UK to escape the flooding

RODENT PESTS

After flooding, many rodents are displaced from their natural habitat. The rodents will then find areas that provide food, water and harbourage. Inevitably, rodents enter houses, sheds, barns, and other buildings. Flood-damaged premises are particularly attractive and provide easy access for rodents. These unwelcome rodents may cause damage to property directly by gnawing or indirectly by depositing faeces and urine. Rodents can threaten public health, as they may carry diseases such as E.coli, Salmonella and leptospirosis. The high instance of recent flooding in the UK has increased concern regarding exposure of householders to these diseases and rodent control is likely to become increasingly important.

GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

The Environment Agency recommends the following Safety Precautions:

Wear protective clothes, sturdy boots and waterproof gloves and face masks when handling debris

• Floodwater may be contaminated by sewage, chemicals, or rat’s urine (leading to Weil’s disease)

• Keep your hands away from your face while cleaning and always wash your hands if you come into direct contact with floodwater or silt

• Wash all cuts and grazes and cover with a waterproof plaster. Get a tetanus jab if you are not already inoculated

Contact the Environment Agency for further advice on cleaning up after a flood: 0845 988 1188.

Thanks to Killgerm Chemicals for the information.

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Rats – information on habits and how to get rid of them

Rats

Surveys have proven that the rat population in this country has increased by more than 52% in a four-year period, with a larger poulation than there are humans. It has been reported that at any one time no person in Britain is more than 9 metres away from a rat.

Often seen in places where there has recently been demolition or construction work, where rubbish is lying around, in drains, as well as in rural areas, rats are a growing nuisance. With the abundance of food available, rats are less likely to take poisoned bait.

Rats, like mice, can be a serious risk to health due to the various diseases they carry, including Salmonella, as well as causing structural damage to properties.

Products available include conventional break-back traps, cages, and indoor and outdoor electronic repellers, and electronic killing devices.

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General Information

Perhaps the most disliked pest species of all, there are an estimated 60 million rats in the UK ? that’s one for each person. Most of them are Common Rats (sometimes called the Brown Rat) with the second species being the Ship Rat.

The Common Rat is a supreme generalist; its opportunistic lifestyle, agility and prolific breeding potential have helped it to colonise practically every part of the world.

The average lifespan of a rat is 18 months and one pair can produce a colony of 2,000 rats in a year. In order to produce at such an alarming rate, up to 30% of the female rat population is pregnant at any time. Females become sexually mature at just 8-12 weeks, gestation is between 21 and 23 days, and females are able to conceive whilst suckling a previous litter, often mating within 18 hours of giving birth. They can breed throughout the year if the weather is mild and there is plenty of food. Up to 13 litters are possible each year, each one consisting of 7-9 young.

They eat the equivalent of 10% of their body weight daily, consuming rubbish, leftover dog food, bird food and even dog excrement.

Rats are largely nocturnal but will feed in the day time if there is enough food laying around in our streets or alley ways. So if you see a rat during the day time it’s probably because it’s been feeding on dumped household waste.

Rats often take up residence in areas near water, as they are excellent swimmers.

The Common Rat is believed to have originated from China. It reached Europe at some point in the early 18th century and was first seen in England in 1720. At present it has a very wide distribution in Britain in both urban and rural areas, but is absent from a number of smaller islands. It is widespread and common in urban areas across the globe, with the exception of some tropical and subtropical areas

Identification

Common Rat The Common Rat

The Common Rat is usually brown, though sometimes black. Length is 20-26cm for the head and body, with a further 17-23cm for the tail. The tail is virtually naked of fur and rather thick in appearance.

Ship Rat
The Ship Rat

The Ship Rat is smaller than the Common Rat at around 16-23cm in length excluding the tail. Colour is more variable than the Common Rat and varies between black, brown and grey

Signs that Rats are present

Given their relatively large size compared to a mouse, it’s fairly likely that a rat will be seen if they are present in a garden or house. However, signs are:

  • Droppings -10mm spindle shaped, usually round corners
  • Unusual smells – a longstanding problem can create a stale smell
  • Holes which appear in the garden, approx. 7-12cm in size with a pile of earth near the entrance.
  • Rat runs – a continuous depression in grass or other low vegetation, a smooth pathway may be visible on bare earth.
  • Gnawing – often to the bottom of wooden doors and sheds.
  • Scattering of compost being dragged out of bins or heaps.

Risks posed by rats

Rats can be a serious risk to health. They will destroy and contaminate food stores, and carry many forms of disease including salmonella and Weils Disease through their droppings and urine. These conditions can be fatal to humans, although this is very rare.

Thanks to Pest Stop products for the above information.

INFORMATION ON MICE

Mice are an all too common problem, in houses, lofts and out-buildings. Mice are incontinent, and as they move around they dribble urine and leave droppings. If they come into contact with food there is a risk of food poisoning, such as Salmonella and E.coli.

In addition, mice often cause damage to household wiring and insulation. It is very difficult to prevent mice from entering a property, especially if there is easy access to a source of food, mice are able to squeeze through the smallest gaps (if you can fit a pencil in a hole, a mouse will be able to pass through it!).

We offer a wide choice of solutions for mouse infestations, including several conventional break-back traps, humane traps, ultrasonic mouse repellers, electronic killing devices and rodenticides.

common house mouse
common house mouse

General Information:

Despite their small size, for many people the mouse is a terrifying creature and perhaps partly fuelled by their fast and unpredictable movements. In fact there are four species of mouse living wild in the UK:

  • House Mouse
  • Wood Mouse (also called Field Mouse or Long Tailed Field Mouse)
  • Yellow Necked Mouse (similar to the Wood Mouse)
  • Harvest Mouse.

The two species that are a house and garden pest are the House Mouse and the Wood Mouse. House Mice are almost entirely dependent on human habitation to survive, whereas Wood Mice live in the countryside (e.g. in hedgerows) as well as houses, sheds and garages etc.

Mice climb well and can squeeze through very small gaps. They have a compulsive need to gnaw, and this is in order to keep their incisor teeth worn down to a constant length.

Mice live in nests which are often built inside houses especially during the winter months. Nests are built wherever there is access to a good source of food. Spaces under floors and lofts are favoured places for nests, which are built out of cloth, wool, paper and plastics. Indeed any material that is available to them. Mouse holes are normally 20 – 30mm in diameter.

Mice are erratic, sporadic feeders, nibbling at many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. Their main food preference is cereal (as in crops rather than out of a packet but they’ll readily eat that too) but will eat almost anything. They do not need free water to drink as they normally obtain sufficient moisture from their food.

Identification

House Mouse
House MouseThe adult House Mouse is small and slender and about 3 – 5cm long (excluding the tail). It has quite large ears, a pointed nose and small eyes. The tail is as long as the head and body combined. Its fur is usually a light grey or brown.
Wood Mouse
Wood MouseThe Wood Mouse is slightly larger than the House Mouse, and the best way to tell them apart is by the eyes and ears which are much larger on the Wood Mouse than on its cousin.

Distinguishing mice from rats.

Both the above species of mice are more numerous than rats and are more widespread throughout urban and suburban communities. Both species of mouse can be distinguished from a young rat quite easily, as the rat’s head and feet will be overly-large in relation to its body (this really will be very noticeable).

Signs that mice are present

As mice are largely nocturnal (though certainly not entirely) their presence may become apparent through signs other than an obvious sighting. One early sign that mice are present in a building is smell: they produce a distinctive odour in nest sites that, once experienced, will not be forgotten! Their presence can also usually be detected from their dark coloured droppings or damage to stored foods, packaging or even woodwork. The droppings will appear almost wherever the mouse travels, as mice are actually incontinent. In fact the average mouse sheds 70 droppings in 24 hours and urinates frequently to mark its territory.

The other give-away sign is of course sound: if mice are present in a house they can often be heard scurrying around at night, or chewing on pipes, cables and woodwork etc.

How mice increase in numbers so quickly

Mice become sexually mature in eight to ten weeks and a pair may produce eight litters each of 16 young, in a year. Multiply those and you arrive at a horrifying number of mice!

Damage caused by mice and other threats

Mice can seriously damage water and gas pipes, electric cables, packaging and woodwork. Instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them. Mice dribble their urine all the time they are moving, the main problem this can cause is salmonella contamination (e.g. if this is in an area where foodstuffs are kept).

SOLUTIONS:

Ultrasonic mouse repeller from Best Pest Control
Ultrasonic mouse repeller

 


 

News – Rats blamed for massive fire near Southampton

It is thought rats are to blame for a huge fire that destroyed three coaches and three minibuses at a coach company operations centre.

The blaze broke out at an operations centre in Hedge End, near Southampton on the evening of Saturday 29 December, and, according to the Daily Mail, fire investigators concluded that the most likely cause was a spark from an electrical fault caused by rats chewing through the wires.

The land is said to be owned by a farmer who rents plots out to businesses and individuals.

The fire destroyed six out of the 11 vehicles on the Barfoot and Sons plot at around 17.45 on Saturday, and residents said they saw 40ft flames after hearing an ‘explosion’. There was initial concern that smoke from the fire would be blown across to the M27 motorway, but fire-fighters managed to get it under control, and remained at the site for about four hours.

Steve Barfoot, director of the family coach and minibus hire firm, told the Daily Mail: “If it’s down to rodents, it is frustrating such a small animal caused so much damage and devastation.”

To read the full article in the Daily Mail and to see more pictures, click here.

Source: Pest Magazine

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Sentinel Ultrasonic Cat / Bird / Dog Repeller with adjustable frequency

100ft range
Sentinel Ultrasonic repeller with 100ft range

The latest addition to our range of ultrasonic repellers is the Sentinel, our most powerful model yet, with a massive range of up to 100ft. The one huge advantage this model has above all the others is that the ultrasonic frequency is adjustable. It means that the user can change the frequency to repel different animals and also “fine tune” the output for the particular location. For example, if you were to mount the repeller in a large building, such as a warehouse to repel Pigeons, the acoustics inside the property might need the tone to be a little higher or lower than if mounted outside. Simply turn the dial on the base of the Sentinel ultrasonic repeller to adjust the frequency either higher or lower.

made in britian

The Sentinel ultrasonic repeller produces a pulsating and aggressive ultrasonic sound similar to a siren which a bird, pigeon, cat, dog, rat, squirrel etc, perceives as extremely unpleasant and therefore avoids. Please note that it can only be set to repel one animal type at a time. In other words, it can’t repel cats and mice etc, at the same time because animals have different hearing ranges.

sentinel ultrasonic repeller instructions and use

The pest repeller is a mains only unit and comes complete with a mounting bracket and mains adaptor.

  • Always on – works 24/7
  • Range:     30mtr (100ft) approx
  • Waterproof
  • Power:     12v (mains adaptor included)
  • Size:         200mm x 160 x 85 (8″ x 6″ x 3.5″)
  • Adjustable frequency: approx. 8…40 kHz (± 15 %)
  • Made in the UK
  • includes wall mounting bracket & screws

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ULTRASONIC MOUSE & RAT REPELLER

An ultrasonic mouse and rat repeller creates an uncomfortable environment that a mouse or rat wants to get away from quickly. The plug-in repeller emits an ultrasonic noise that vermin and rodents such as rats and mice hate. It’s not painful or cruel, just annoying to a mouse or rat.

vermatik 5 in 1 mouse repeller

Most of the repellers work in two different modes, but some have three.

ULTRASONIC MODE:

It does this by using fluctuating ultrasonic waves to help keep your home free from pests. Once plugged into the plug socket, the units emits ultrasonic waves into the room and causes auditory stress to pests.

ELECTRO-MAGNETIC MODE:

Once you plug the Pest Repeller into your mains socket it becomes part of the wiring loop throughout your home. It uses the wiring to broadcast an intermittent signal that again attacks the nervous system of the pest in your walls causing them to leave. This signal also can be felt by the Pest outwards from the wiring up to 6 feet. So this acts as a deterrent to pest coming into your home from the outside as they can feel these signals coming from your outside walls.

IONIC MODE:

The ionic feature creates a stream of beneficial negative ions which helps destroy pollutants and bacteria in the air before you breath them in. These negative Ions are also effective at repelling ants, cockroaches, spiders and other insects.

FAQ’s

QWill the plug-in ultrasonic repellers affect my TV? A. No
QWill it affect the phone line? A. No
QWill it affect my WiFi? A. No
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Will it affect my pet cat, dog, rabbit? A. No
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Will it affect my pet hampster, mouse, rat, gerbil or guinea pigA. Yes

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