Not All Guests are Welcome in the Home - Rodents on the Rise

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Pest control of rats and mice more than doubled during the first ten months of 2007, according to Homeserve.

UK households are experiencing a dramatic increase in rodent infestations according to Homeserve, the UK's national home emergency insurance and repairs service. The latest figures from the company show that during the first ten months of 2007, call-outs for pest control of rat and mice infestations more than doubled the volume received for the whole of 2005.

October is traditionally the busiest month for Homeserve's pest controllers as mice and rats claw their way into British homes to take shelter from the cold. The figures released today show that October has been a record month with call-outs for rodents 63 per cent higher than the monthly average for the first nine months of 2007.

Pest experts at Homeserve claim that the rodent problems have this year been exacerbated by a number of other factors including changing weather patterns, the growing amount of litter on our streets and changing lifestyle factors such as the trend for more people to have decking in their gardens. The recent flooding has also resulted in vermin scuttling for shelter and in many cases choosing our homes.

As a result of this growing problem, Homeserve has seen a huge increase in the number of people taking out its Pet Contamination cover, which provides professional extermination and control of rats or mice in your home and in adjoining buildings, and also the removal of wasp and hornet nests. Between January 2005 and August 2007, the company saw a 334% increase in the number of people with this policy.

Commenting on the growing problem of rodent infestation, Jon Florsheim, CEO, Homeserve GB said: "We expect to see mice and rat problems peak in certain months of the year such as October and November; however demand for our services has been consistently high throughout most of 2007. As well as cooler weather forcing rodents into our homes, the trend for home improvements such as decking can also lead to rodents taking up residence a little too close for comfort. Fallen leaves make comfortable nests, food scraps can fall through the gaps and decks also offer protection from cats and foxes. If you have rats or mice in your home, it's important to act quickly because they not only cause damage but they also carry diseases."

Homeserve's Pest Contamination Cover provides professional extermination and control of rats or mice in your home and adjoining buildings. It also covers the removal of wasp or hornet nests from around the house and garden. Cover provides unlimited claims per year with up to £300 per claim for call-out, repeat visits, materials, pesticides and bait boxes. The cost of this cover is highly affordable and can be paid on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

To learn more about tackling uninvited rodents in your home, see Pest Control Problems.

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