Rat Trap containing bait for rat infestations

Posted by Admin - 29/03/2016

 

Rat infestations

Rat infestations are very serious can cause severe damage to properties.

Their population has increased to around 70 million in the UK.  Councils now charge households for pest control so you need to ensure rats do not become a problem.

The best way is not to attract them in the first place….

How to avoid rats.

Rats generally move around at night and they need food and water to survive  You can help to eliminate the possibility of a rat infestation by removing any access to these things.  For example; do not put food waste in plastic bin bags, clear up food spillages i.e. from bird tables straight away and do not put meat products into compost areas.

Tell tale signs of rats.

Seeing a rat, rat droppings or nibbled wood are clear signs of an infestation.

Methods of removal.

If you are a pet lover but not a pest lover, you could get a cat or a terrier to catch the vermin, however, as a landlord, you may not wish your  tenant to have any animals in your property, therefore, other options are traps, electronic devices and poisons.

Poisons are the most effective way of dealing with a rat infestation and these can be bought from any garden or farm supplier/store.

Place the poison in rat boxes by their holes, between their food and water source and by any droppings.  It may take a week for the rats to accept the boxes and start using them so check the boxes every 3 to 4 days.

Remember to keep poison out of the reach of children and other animals.  Rats will mainly die in their holes, however, if you do find one, discard of it, preferably by burning.

Traps are another good method and will need to be baited for about a week before the rat is caught.  Traps are a successful method if you have a serious infestation.

electronic devices emit electromagnetic waves (inaudible high pitched sound waves to  the human ear).  Some people swear by these devices however their effectiveness is still under question.

Alternatively, you can call a professional pest control company to do this for you.