What is loft sanitisation and why is it so important?
Rats and mice can carry many diseases, viruses and bacteria. These include norovirus, swine flu, E Coli, salmonella, and legionella to name just a few. Although these diseases, viruses and bacteria can be carried on the surface of their bodies, in their fur and especially on their feet, this isn’t actually their easiest way of transmitting diseases!
Rats and mice transmit nasty diseases in their faeces (droppings) and their urine. It’s a common misconception that rats are incontinent. (They do have sphincters and can control themselves if required.) But they use urine and droppings as messaging to other rats and mice as a way of marking out the routes they take. This route marking is how they can find their way around your loft in absolute darkness. Rats and mice always use exactly the same routes each time. Every time they use this urine marked route they add more urine and faeces. Over time as you may have discovered, this pungent smell can become almost overpowering!
Another lovely behaviour that rats and mice have is to use ‘latrine points.’ This means that in your loft there could be certain places where all the rats and mice go to defecate. These piles of poop can be really quite impressive (although impressive may be the wrong term!)
One thing to remember is that these smells are also there to attract other rats and mice into their group. This is one (but not the only) reason people get reinfested after the rats or mice have been gotten rid of. These attractive odours will stay around for years in a nice dry loft, with the potential to attract an investigative rat or mouse.
What we do.
1. We firstly spray a special biocide in the loft to keep down the dust and for our safety.
2. We remove old insulation, bag it up, and remove it.
3. We then vacuum up droppings, nest materials, dust and dead bodies.
4. We apply a second larger dose of biocide. This biocide kills viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa etc. The smell that you smell in urine and faeces is mainly caused by these organisms.
5. We will install new insulation if you want us to.
6. We leave you with a hygienic loft that now smells of a slight perfume of disinfectant, and the knowledge that your loft is now a safe place for you and your family to go, and a lot less chance of rats or mice returning.
Kitchen & Bathroom Sanitisation
Rats and mice will usually use your pipework and other utilities such as electrical wires, gas pipes etc to move around your house. This means that wherever the utilities run, the rodents naturally go to, meaning that kitchens and bathrooms are a particular favourite of rats and mice to patrol for food.
As previously mentioned, rats and mice leave urine trails to help them find the same route in the dark in future. This means that wherever they have been, there is a trail of bacteria, viruses etc. These organisms love warm, damp places. For this reason, under baths, and under and behind kitchen units is basically a breeding place for these organisms!
What We Do
In bathrooms, we take bath panels off and anywhere else we can gain access to. We then clear droppings and other detritus, dust, nest materials etc
In kitchens, we ask you to remove food and crockery from all cupboards and drawers. We then remove kickboards at the base of kitchen units. We then remove all droppings, dust, nest materials etc. Then we apply our biocide to remove smells and scent trails and kill any bacteria, viruses etc from under units and inside cupboards. Then we reinstate your kickboards. You can then clean your crockery and put them back in your now sterile cupboards and drawers.
Pest Interceptors will come and assess your premises and give you a quote for free, so don’t hesitate to call us on 07852134442.