Hillbans Pest Control, the Island’s leading provider of pest control services, is urging people to be vigilant to pest infestation during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Shops, offices, hotels and factories have now closed and people are now isolating at home, which will generate more food waste than normal.
Despite the restrictions pests do not stop, they didn’t get the memo! Pests such as rats, mice, flies and insects do not adhere to curfews or the 2-metre social distancing rule and they certainly do not worry about contaminating surfaces.
With so many premises closed, pests are being given the opportunity to thrive if left unchecked and with people staying at home there are even more sources of food for them to both consume and contaminate.
As a result, Hillbans Pest Control is seeing a rise in calls from homeowners now spending more time at home due to being furloughed, in isolation or working from home and noticing increases in pest activity.
Sadly, with so many in lockdown at home, the impact of a mouse, rat or insect infestation in their property can create a great deal of mental anguish.
Sandra Knowles, MD of Hillbans Pest Control, says there is a lot that people can do to reduce the risk:
“Check the outside of your home for any gaps and fill these, a gap as small as a pen is large enough for a mouse to get through and into your home. If you’re feeding the birds, place feed on a tray and remove it after a few days. Sweep up any that spills onto patios or this will provide food for rats and mice.
“Use the extra time at home to clean out sheds and garages to disturb pests and prevent them from creating a home. Closing bins properly helps to prevent flies from breeding and rodents being fed”.
There is also a lot of practical advice on how to identify the tell tail signs of pests on the Hillbans Pest Control website, including advice on what you can do to reduce the risk of infestation.
“Our pest control experts are still available to help with any issues in your home or empty premises – if you need our support please use the benefit of our knowledge and expertise. We are only a phone call or email away.”
Home and business owners are asked to be pest aware and mindful of what can happen by failing to take simple preventative measures to reduce or eliminate the risks.