Rat and Mice Populations Skyrocket as Infestations Double, Leading to Calls for Urgent Action to Protect Homes and Property Prices

Rat and Mice Populations Skyrocket as Infestations Double, Leading to Calls for Urgent Action to Protect Homes and Property Prices

A looming threat of vermin infestations is causing alarm among homeowners, with the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) warning of a surge in rat and mice populations expected this spring.

The prevalence of these pests, which have adapted to survive on discarded human waste, poses significant risks to property values and homeowners’ peace of mind.

Rodent Plague Looms

Natalie Bungay of the BPCA highlights the rapid breeding rates of rats and mice, exacerbated by their ability to thrive on human leftovers.

Shockingly, some rats are growing up to three feet long after feasting on discarded takeaways, adding to the urgency of addressing the infestation crisis.

With an estimated 250 million rats and 6 million house mice in the UK, the scale of the problem is immense.

Pest Control Crisis

Estate agents raise concerns over the potential impact of rodent infestations on property values, warning that an evidence of pests could lead to a reduction of up to 20% in the asking price of homes.

The disclosure of pest issues is crucial during property transactions, as failure to do so could result in legal repercussions for sellers.

Property Peril

Financially-struggling councils, forced to make cuts to waste collection services, are inadvertently contributing to the problem by leaving waste sitting on streets for extended periods.

The cost to councils to tackle infestations is staggering, estimated at £36 million annually, while the damage to properties from rodent activity can run into hundreds or thousands of pounds.

Vermin Menace Hits Homeowners

Homeowners are advised to take proactive measures to protect their properties from rodent infestations.

Simple steps such as maintaining cleanliness, sealing entry points, and using traps or poison can help mitigate the risk of infestation.

However, professional pest control services may be necessary for severe cases, emphasizing the importance of selecting reputable and insured providers.

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