Rats Pest Control
What They Look Like
- Size:40 cm with 2 cm tails and a 500 gram bodyweight.
- Color:For Norway rats, brown or grey.
- Faeces: Capsule-shaped.
How did I get rats?
Sometimes called “Norway wood rats” or “Norwegian water rats,” Norway rats are prevalent throughout the UK, and will gnaw away at a wood or plaster barrier to enlarge a potential entryway. Couple this with their proclivity to burrow and dig, and you are dealing with one of the most aggressive rodents and pests in the world. Older buildings with poor construction display a particularly high risk for rat invaders.
What attracts them?
Food and water is the most common reasons rats will enter your home.
Rats enter homes through cracks and crevices. Despite their larger rodent bodies, rats can maneuver through holes as small as half an inch. They favour door gaps, plumbing and utility holes, poorly maintained walls, and foundation vents.
How serious are rats?
Rats carry a variety of diseases they spread through their urine and faeces. They destroy building interiors by chewing on wiring, and damaging foundations with their burrows.
Signs of Infestation
Some signs of a rat infestation include:
- Droppings:18-20 cm long, scattered along the rodent pathways.
- Gnaw Marks:Visible on food and objects such as utility lines.
- Grease Stains:Rub marks along the edge of a skerting — the darker the stain, the greater the activity.
- Visual Sightings:Sightings of these pests during the day often indicate large infestations. Outdoor burrow sightings may point to their nests.
How do I get rid of rats?
To take preventative measures against rat infestations:
- Seal Containers:Cover waste bins, empty them on a regular basis, and seal all food — including bird seed and pet food.
- Block Entryways:Close chimneys and drier vents, trim branches touching the house, and NEVER leave a door or window open overnight.
- Reduce Food Sources:Clean up bird seed and pet food and remove all pet faeces from the garden.
- Reduce Water Sources:Fix leaks from plumbing, spigots and sprinklers.
Where do they live?
If you have seen a rat during daylight hours — you likely have an infestation on your hands. They tend to be active at night and a daytime venturer has probably been forced out of the nest. While they originated in temperate forest regions, these pests live in human habitats and comfortably thrive in densely populated cities — often close to a water source. Rat-prone locations include:
- Embankments near tree roots
- Overgrown weedy areas
- Soil beneath buildings
What do they eat?
Rats typically munch on fruits, grains, meats, nuts, and dead animals.
Reproduction and Lifespan
Rats reach maturity in two to five months and breed during any month of the year. Females put out three to twelve litters per year with four to twenty-two new rats. You can see how the populations expands so rapidly!
What Bugwise Does
Your local Bugwise technician will bring all their experience to your particular problem, advise you on the best treatment methods, and begin the work of cleaning out any infestation that’s compromising your property.
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