How to stop rats from entering your home or business

Look for early signs of a rat infestation. One customer found earth had been disturbed and piled up by the side of her chicken coup. They kept chickens in the garden of their house near Reading Berkshire. After calling our rat pest control service in Reading we responded to investigate the problem. Evidence of rat holes (burrows) rat runs and rat droppings (faeces) were found. Rats were allowed easy access to the chicken coup as it didn’t have a base and they could just tunnel under to where the food source was. In addition to implementing control measure to get rid of the rats, we were also able to answer some key questions. How did the rats get there in the first place? How can you stop rats from coming back again? You can view a short video of this treatment later on this page.

How to check for the presence of a Rat infestation.

  • Rat hole's, Rat runs, Rat droppings (dark tapered droppings 1-2cm), Rat "smear marks"
  • Rat nests (warm hidden places such as in loft insulation) may contain shredded materials like plastic bags and paper.
  • Damage as a result of gnawing *Ripped Bags *Ripped packaging
  • Smells - strong ammonia type smell, more noticeable in enclosed spaces
  • Noise - Scratching noises in the loft, Noises in wall cavities, Rustling sounds in sheds and garages

Rodent Control Around Farms Part 1

Rodent Control Around Farms Part 2

Rat Runs in Garden Reading Berkshire

Rat Control in a Chicken Coup Part 2

Another rat pest control problem in Thatcham, invoived rats which had entered into the roof space. After hearing several noises in the loft (which sounded like scratching) the customer called our Newbury pest control office. Rats where found to be using a hole where pipework used to be in the kitchen. From here they were able to find their way into the wall cavities of the house and then up to the roof loft space. Key signs such as “smear marks” had gone unnoticed by the occupier. To the untrained eye they just looked like a dirty mark in an old cupboard. When rats use the same route over several times, these marks can be detected to expose their activity. This led us to find the original point of entry at an external part of the property and as a result, we were able to prevent the rats from returning after we had removed the current rat infestation.

How to deter rats from coming to your home

These type of rat problems are common every day occurrences for our local pest control operators. To help prevent rats from becoming a problem in your home or business, please review the following steps. The first step in keeping rats away is to ensure that you are not attracting rats to your garden or house by leaving them food. Common food sources for rats in the garden include:

  • Compost bins – containing kitchen waste such as meat.
  • Bird feeders – Rats are good climbers, ensure excess feed is cleared up from the floor and use rodent/squirrel proof bird feeders.
  • Pet food – Don’t leave pet food in outbuildings where rats might gain access. Don’t leave used food bowls out overnight.

For keeping rats out of your home you may also want to consider checking your property for holes in the wall or large gaps under doors. Also check integral garages and utility rooms for possible access points. Needless to say, if rats have already gained access to your property, especially rats in your kitchen or indoor – you will have to undertake control measures immediately. Rats also live in sewers and can gain access above ground or underneath properties due to faulty drains or un-capped off redundant pipework. Check that your drains are in good order.

Control measures to get rid of rats.

There are many DIY pest control products to get rid of rats such as poisons, traps and ultrasonic devices. With minor rat problems you may wish to try to trap rats or to use poisons (as instructed on their labels). If the number of calls we receive from our customers is anything to go by though, this seems to be a very hit and miss exercise. Rats avoid new objects in their environment by nature (neophobia) and can demonstrate “resistance” to certain types of rat poison. The use of poisons also presents its own hazards to the user. Particular care should also be taken if you have children or pets. We do not recommend the use of ultrasonic type devices. Rodents can quickly adapt to their frequencies and are unlikely to offer any reliable level of control.

For larger rat infestations in gardens or within your home, you may want to decide to call in a professional pest control company.

We offer competitive prices for customers within our catchment areas and deal with rats quickly and efficiently under our competitive pricing structure. To find out more about how we can help with your rat problem, visit our contact page for a list of our local contact numbers or call our central help desk on 08000787255 and we can talk you through your requirements.

We hope that you have found this page both informative and useful. Hopefully we have helped you decide how to deal with rats.

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