In the fight against rodents in London, The Pied Piper Pest Control Company have introduced cameras to their armour of products they use against rodents. Since the introduction of these cameras, we have been able to study and learn the behaviour of rats and mice. As a result of this, we have found that mice and rats behave much more differently than how we first thought. For instance, it was widely known that rodents cannot see well in the dark and use their facial whiskers to feel their way around but from the footage, we have seen this is not normally the case. In the photo below you can see a mouse running across the housing for a roller shutter. Initially, you would think that the mouse would run along the wall and then into the access point into the housing but he actually runs diagonally across and off he goes.
Now that we have this type of footage it has helped our technicians in tweaking up their baiting methods and also given them an insight into how rats and mice approach mouse boxes and rats trays where they have placed down bait. If anyone thought that you can just put down traps and then the rats will just go towards them and get trapped then think again.
The photo below shows a rat investigating a rat trap in a ceiling void where we placed a camera. For days the rat came and went and never touched the trap even though it was baited with peanut butter. After about a week the rats started sniffing around the trap and then eventually moving onto it but not the side where it would set the trap off. At one point he is actually which you can see in the photo below. hanging on the bar.
Eventually, he did get trapped but not after a few days of being cautious and suspicious of the trap. We have been using cameras now as our clients are also seeing the benefits. We have been able to locate access points in and out of buildings and within certain areas and this has allowed us to permanently block and proof the holes to prevent rodents.