Dealing with Thatch Pests
Get a cat or two, rats and mice will usually stay away from a house where they can detect even the slightest feline scent.
Poison is one way of dealing with rodents such as rats, but it is advisable to hire a professional rather than try to deal with the problem yourself.
A sonic ultrasound unit that emits a high-pitched noise can be bought in most hardware stores. These are inaudible to the human ear, but are unbearable for rodents. They are environmentally friendly and require no maintenance other than a change of battery every six months.
For larger rodents such as pine martins a device called Pest Stop, from Amazon can be very effective. Pine martins also hate mothballs – but they must be the ones that smell of camphor – they hate the smell of it and will soon move out.
Pine martins don’t like noise, so try leaving a radio on full blast in your attic to see if this will shift them.
For birds, dummy birds of prey and bird of prey calls can be purchased in most local hardware stores, but they will require occasional moving to reduce the pests being accustomed to their presence.
For insect, it is advisable to call in a specialist to deal with insect pests such as wasps, hornets flies and honeybees. Honey bee nests should be relocated to help protect our local bees and an expert can do this.