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World Pest Day: Recognising Pest Controllers

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Today is World Pest Day.

More accurately, it is World Pest Controller Day.

These professionals heed our call when our homes are invaded by pests like mice, rats, and insects.

It’s not just eradicating the pests themselves, but also the diseases and damage that they carry and inflict.

When you call a pest controller for help, you are taking steps to protect your family and your property. The professional will crawl into your home’s cracks and crannies, duck and dodge rafters and insulation in your loft, and paw through the hedges and bushes to find every space a rodent or insect could fit through.

They will go places you never dreamed you’d have to go. They will know your house better than you do by the time they’re done.

And this is exactly what you want. You’re delivering your home into the hands of pest proofing physicians and they will find the places that disease and damage are creeping in.

The pest controllers will proof your home from the outside, in. Once they’ve secured the perimeter, they will systematically work through the interior, efficiently eliminating the infestation. A return visit will ensure the methods are working and your home is pest-free.

So here’s to you. The pest controllers working to keep our families and our residences safe. Thank you for getting dirty. Thank you for going the extra mile. And thank you for making a house a home.

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Got Mice? 3 Easy Signs of a Rodent Infestation

Does your home smell a bit “off?” Are you wiping the counters after dinner, only to see a mouse dropping here or there in the morning? What about that scratching and squeaking in the walls at night? You could be seeing the first signs of a rodent infestation, so now is the time to act quickly!

There are some red flags to look out for when it comes to these uninvited guests in your home.  Look out for these three easy signs of a rodent infestation.


No matter how many air fresheners you use, you can’t seem to get rid of that “smell.” Mice urinate frequently to mark their territories, and their urine has a very ammonia-like smell. Often the scent is strongest when the nest is nearby. Mice also leave droppings in seemingly endless quantities because they have to eat and chew constantly. According to this article published by LiveScience, the omnivorous nature of mice attributes to their mostly plant-based diets and frequent pit-stops.


Mice will make cozy nests for themselves and their offspring with materials like paper, fabric, and other fibrous matter. If you see bathroom tissue that’s been shredded, or bits of plaster that look to have been chewed, these are signs of an impending rodent infestation. It means they’ve found your house hospitable and are looking to move in!

If the ordinarily nocturnal creatures become comfortable in your home, you could see them during the day, boldly scampering along the floorboards. Mice typically take the same path time and time again, until they have it memorised. You can look for signs like urine staining and streaks, and the musty odor will be stronger as you close in on the nest site.


Very little is more disturbing than being woken up at night by scratching and squeaking in your bedroom walls. If you hear mice squeaking, they’re definitely calling to one another. They’re very communicative animals, just like humans. When you find a great restaurant, the first thing you do is tell your friends and family. Mice do the same thing when they discover a delicious morsel in the kitchen, or a particularly snuggly bit of insulation to nest in. An article in EarthWise explains that mice “make sounds to express emotions and to communicate where another friendly rodent can find food sources, water, and shelter.”

What you can do

By the time these signs become apparent, mice and rodents have already made your house a home. It’s time to take action before it gets much worse. Contact your local pest controller to implement a pest control plan and install MouseMesh Air Brick Vent Covers as part of your proofing treatment.  Stop animals at the door, and prevent them from becoming pests.