Although few of us like to think about it, in the UK we’re never far away from a rat.
Living in a big city, particularly one the size and scale of London, increases the chances of coming into contact with rodents considerably. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent rat infestation, some of which are common sense, and some of which require a little more effort.
Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction…
Prevention is always better than cure, but if the unfortunate occurs and you believe you are the victim of rodents moving in, it’s important to confirm your suspicions before taking any action. This means you must understand and be able to recognise the signs of rat infestation. Keep an eye out for the following:
– Droppings. Perhaps the most obvious tell-tale sign, rat droppings tend to be found in darker corners and along skirting boards, and are usually around ½ inch in size (larger than the common mouse).
– Sounds. Rats are nocturnal creatures, so the sound of scrabbling between or across floorboards in the night could point to bad news. It could also sound as if scratching is coming from the walls.
– Gnawing. Tooth marks are another indicator. Check for signs of gnawing, especially on food containers and even pipework under the sink – rats can chew through anything but the hardiest materials, and will often attack pipes for a handy water supply.
– Pets. Your cat or dog will be more attuned to the presence of rats than you will, so look out for changes in their behaviour, particularly if they’re paying undue attention to skirting boards and dark corners.
Deal with Infestation
If you have confirmed the presence of rats in your home, don’t panic. Depending on the scale of the problem, or on your propensity to stress around such creatures, calling in rodent control experts is often the best solution.
Not only will professionals be able to use traps and poisons to quickly and efficiently eradicate the infestation, they will also take steps to prevent it from happening again. This can save you both stress and money in the long run.
The steps you can take to stop an infestation from occurring in your home are relatively straightforward.
– Drains. Around 90% of rat infestations are as a result of defects in drainage systems, with rodents gaining access through damaged pipework and boring up through the floor or nesting in floor cavities. Inspect your external drains and pipes, and consider fitting a mesh or guard on your ventilation openings.
– Open Food Sources. If you have pets, don’t feed them outside, as any easily accessible food and water source will attract rats. Resist the temptation to store pet food in garages or sheds.
– Block Gaps. Deny rodents simple access to your home by blocking all gaps in your brickwork, walls and other foundations, as well as your roof and rafters.
Express Drainage Solutions
Here at Express Drainage Solutions, our expert team are available for high quality rodent control throughout the London area. We use CCTV and rodent sourcing equipment to locate the source of the infestation, before eradicating it in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
For more information, contact Express Drainage Solutions today.