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Discovering rats in your home or business can be very distressing. Fortunately, there are ways you can exercise rat control and prevent an infestation.
Proofing your home to deny rats entry and removing easy access to food and water can really make a difference. Rats need easy and consistent access to a water source, even though they only drink between 15 - 60ml per day. They will eat almost anything available, but they do prefer to eat small amounts of a variety of different foods.
See our rat control tips below on practical ways you can help to prevent a problem:
If you have already spotted signs of rats, such as droppings, prevention may already be too late.
Contact Rentokil today to arrange a survey to check for signs of rats.
Entrances - fit strips to the bottom of doors and weather-stripping around exterior doors as a form of rat control. Young rats can squeeze through small gaps under doorways and will also use cat flaps to enter. They will enlarge gaps by gnawing to enter homes via integral garages.
Gaps in exterior walls - fill holes or small openings (around utility cables or pipe work) with stainless steel wire wool and caulking or concrete. Steel or aluminium plating can be used. Rats can jump, so check up to a height of about 1.2m.
Roofs - repair roof damage and use wire mesh to seal gaps. To exercise rat control, trim vegetation away from your home. Rats climb along electrical cables or use overhanging branches to get into loft spaces and attics through gaps in broken roof tiles or under eaves.
Drains and sewer pipes - keep toilet seat lids closed. Rats have been known to swim up damaged sewer pipes and get round u-bends in toilets. They will also use drain pipes and drainage outlets. Use tightly fitting metal grates or screens to cover drains, especially in basement areas. Check that all drain pipes are in good working order.
Eliminate clutter and items like firewood next to your home.
If you are thinking to make use of DIY rat poison, baits and traps, be sure to approach with caution and ensure you carefully read all warning labels and instructions.
If you are noticing a rat problem, taking matters into your own hands will not always prove effective as an infestation can quickly escalate and will require the help of professionals. DIY rodent control products can also prove health risks if children or pets come into contact with these products.
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Regular pest control is often the most reliable form of prevention. Rat bait stations professionally managed by Rentokil is a trusted rat deterrent and is safe to use even in locations where children or pets are present.
Your local qualified Rentokil technician can provide the most suitable treatments to a rat problem identified in your home or business. Professional services are often the most reliable way to guarantee long-term solution to a pest problem.
Do you have a problem with rats? Commercial clients can call us on on 0861 117 851 and residential customers on 0861 117 852 for rat control services.
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