Rodents need three things to thrive: food, warmth, and water. Typically as the weather gets colder or a readily available food source outside dries up rats tend to head indoors. Rats seek nests which provide warmth and shelter in places they can remain undisturbed.
If you think you have a problem with rats, a thorough inspection is required to establish the extent of the infestation. Contact us today for more information.
Common places you may find evidence of rats internally:
Attics, lofts and roof eves – check for rat droppings, chewed or shredded items such as cardboard, paper and loft insulation.
Kitchens & laundries rooms/cupboards– inspect behind all appliances such as cookers, washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers.
Gaps – Check for gaps from the inside to the outside of your property, this could be between pipework, cables, or vents. Rats and mice gnaw and get through surprisingly small spaces to seek shelter.
Rats could also be found in places that are harder to check, such as in cavity walls, suspended ceilings and crawlspaces.
Common places you may find evidence of rats externally:
Outside, rats can live almost anyway, including in fields, wooded areas, sewers, farms, rubbish tips, banks of waterways etc. Check the following places on your property:
Sheds, outbuildings & garages – Look for any small holes or gnawing marks around the edge of any buildings.
Bins & compost heaps – Providing valuable food courses to rats, check for any holes or gnaw marks.
Overgrown vegetation – Check for holes and gnawing marks amongst overgrown vegetation.
Drains – Look for any damage to drain covers or holes close by.
Decking – Provides ideal nest space for rats, check for any chewed edges or any entry holes on or around your decking. Especially when wooden decking begins to root, access to the space underneath becomes more easily accessible.
What you need to know about Rats
Rats can cause significant damage to property as Rats’ teeth never stop growing. They can gnaw through various materials even some metals!
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