Seeing a rat in your home can be an alarming experience. Not only can rats spread several nasty diseases, but they can also cause physical damage to property and possessions. In some cases, rats can even become aggressive towards people and pets; it isn’t unheard of for them to attack people when they feel threatened.
Rats can also create significant problems for businesses. If your customers or staff spot a rat running around your business, it can cause irreparable damage to your reputation.
It is essential to deal with a rat infestation as soon as you discover it. But you need to do so in a way that is effective and long-lasting. That’s where Bon Accord comes in.
Signs Of A Rat Problem
Rats are sociable creatures; they rarely travel alone. If you spot a rat in your home, there’s a good chance it has friends and family nearby as well. A single rat might be able to evade detection, but they breed quickly, and groups of rats tend to give themselves away quite quickly. If you notice any of the following tell-tale signs of a rat infestation, you should immediately contact Bon Accord.
Other than actually seeing a live rat with your own eyes, the best indicator that you have rats on your property is their droppings. Each individual can produce up to 40 droppings in a single night. They tend to be concentrated in the same area rather than spread throughout different locations.
Rat droppings are similar in appearance to other rodents’ droppings like mice and hamsters, albeit larger. They look like dark brown grains of rice and tend to be around the same size.
Grease and Dirt
Rats aren’t the cleanest of animals. In fact, they tend to be so dirty and greasy that they will leave visible marks behind on any surfaces they rub up against. Rats are adept at squeezing through narrow gaps. When they do, their bodies press up against walls and other surfaces. The grease and dirt marks left behind are a good indicator that of their presence.
Bite Marks And Debris
Rats will gnaw their way through just about anything. Compared to other rodents, they are significantly bigger and stronger.
Other rodents and pests will gnaw away at the fixtures in your home, but few are as destructive as rats. Their relatively powerful bite and sharp teeth enable them to make their way through materials that will stop smaller pests dead in their tracks.
As well as chewing through walls, floors, ceilings, and other structural materials, rats have the same propensity for chewing through electrical wires as other rodents. Rats chewing through wires can knock out your internet or phone service, or it can sever your connection to the electricity grid. In some cases, rats have managed to start serious electrical fires by chewing through wires.
The presence of teeth marks on wires and fixtures, as well as the small pieces of debris resulting from rats chewing through materials in your property, are dead giveaways of a rat infestation.
Rats spend most of their lives hanging around in sewers and other unclean environments. It isn’t just their fir and bodies that can leave behind evidence of their presence; they will also leave behind footprints. Unless the rats have been running through some kind of powder or liquid, these footprints aren’t usually visible to the naked eye.
However, if you take the torch on your smartphone and shine it over a surface at a low angle, it will reveal any pawprints rats have left behind. If you suspect you have rats nesting in your home, laying down some flour or talcum powder at night will reveal their presence. Simply look for the pawprints in the morning.
Getting Rid Of A Rat Infestation
There are a number of DIY products on the market for dealing with rats. But most of these fall into two categories; traps and poisons. These aren’t ideal for every home. If you have pets or small children in your home, you need to be careful about laying down traps and poisons.
Anyone can buy one of these DIY solutions and treat the symptoms of their rat problem. But it takes a professional service like Bon Acord to treat a rat infestation swiftly, effectively, and permanently. Bon Accord has an extensive arsenal of potential solutions for a rat infestation. We can clear rats out of any home or business and make sure that once they’re gone, they stay gone.
Before we pick an approach, we will conduct a thorough assessment of the situation. This initial survey will enable us to establish what exactly we are dealing with and decide on the best route forward.
After we have identified the source of your rat problem and the extent of the infestation, we can move on to implementing the agreed-upon treatment plan. We will walk you through all the available options, and explain the benefits and drawbacks of each. We can recommend specific treatments, but it will be up to you to decide on the best approach for your property.
Preventing Future Outbreaks
Getting rid of a rat infestation is one thing, but keeping rats out of your property in the long-term is a different proposition entirely.
Once we know what the root cause of your rat infestation is, we can help you fix the problem at its source. Before we start treating the infestation itself, we will work out what we need to do to fix the underlying problem that bought rats into your property in the first place.
Our pest control experts can furnish you with the clear advice and guidance needed to keep your home or business free from rats permanently. We guarantee a successful operation every time and a rat-free existence for you, your family, and your business.
The only way you can be certain that a rat infestation is cleared away completely and forever is to hire a professional pest control business like Bon Accord. If you need quick, effective, long-lasting rat control for your home or business, contact Bon Accord today.