Rat infestations are not uncommon in London. Like any densely populated city, London provides an ideal home for these rodents.
Both homeowners and business owners need to know what the signs of a rat infestation are and how to deal with them should they arise.
The poor reputation that rats hold is a well-deserved one. They cause numerous problems for people and their property. Rats will happily gnaw any material that stands between them and food or shelter. Whether they are in your home or your place of business, rats are never a welcome sight. Once they have set up shop in your property, they will proceed to wreak havoc. In addition to the significant physical damage they can do to buildings and possessions, rats are also notorious for spreading diseases.
Rats are problematic in both residential and business environments. Rats in your home present a serious health hazard, the list of diseases and pathogens that rats can carry is seemingly endless. Not only can rats contaminate foodstuffs, but they will happily eat their way through any food they can find. In fact, rats will eat their way through just about any material that they come across.
The sight of rats can also be alarming for young children. Rats are not usually physically dangerous, but they can be aggressive towards smaller pets and are capable of causing injuries.
But as problematic as rats can be in the home, their impact on businesses has the potential to be devastating. Any customer who spies a rat within your business is unlikely to form a positive opinion of you. Rats are widely associated with dirt and disease, two things that no business wants to be associated with. If you work in the hospitality or services Industry, having rats running around your business can be a fatal blow.
If certain products, especially food products, are exposed to rats, they may need to be recalled or pulled from sale entirely. Aside from contamination, rats can also cause physical damage to stock by chewing through it.
In both homes and businesses, rats chewing through electrical wires has the potential to cause fires. Even if they don’t start a fire, chewing through the wrong wire can knock out your power, your internet, or your phone lines.
Rats are surprisingly good at keeping themselves hidden. As a result, the most obvious signs of a rat infestation are often the clues they leave behind, rather than the creatures themselves. Like other pests, rats will leave their droppings around any property they have infested. Rat droppings are dark brown and spindle-shaped. They resemble small dark grains of rice.
Rats bodies are also greasy and dirty. As a result, they will leave marks behind when they brush up against walls and other surfaces.
Rats are notorious for gnawing their way through any materials that stand in their way. If you see teeth marks on wires, cabling, or other items in your home that are too big to have been made by a mouse, a rat is the most likely culprit.
How To Prevent Rats From Moving In
When it comes to rats, the best offence is a good defence. If you take the right measures before an infestation takes hold, you can easily keep your property free from rats. Anyone living in a densely populated urban environment like London needs to be aware of the risk of rat infestations and act accordingly.
One of the most useful things you can do to keep rats at bay is to ensure that you don’t leave foodstuffs or bin bags exposed. Rats are natural-born scavengers; nothing will attract them quite like a free meal. The best solution is to keep your food in metal or glass containers with tight-fitting lids. The more airtight these containers are, the less of a scent there will be to attract rats. Similarly, you should invest in some resilient metal bins to place outdoor rubbish bags in.
Keeping your property tidy in general will not only remove most of the temptations that are likely to draw rats to your property, but it will also reduce the number of places they can hide from you.
If you have pets, make sure to clean up after their meals; don’t leave half-eaten pet food lying around. You should also store pet food in a rodent resistant container. You can buy purpose-built metal bins for pet food that will keep out rats and other scavengers. The higher off the ground you can keep the pet food, the more difficult it will be for rats to access it.
You should be similarly wary of bird food if you have a bird feeder in your garden. Rats are attracted to nuts, seeds, and compost.
Finally, it is helpful to be aware of the difference between black and brown rats. Black rats are natural climbers; they will traverse just about any surface they need to get into your home and get their paws on your food. On the other hand, brown rats are better at burrowing and will try to dig their way into sheds, garages, and other structures.
Professional Vs DIY Rat Control Services
There is a range of DIY options on the market for controlling rat populations. But while these might be fine for dealing with minor infestations, major rat infestations require a professional touch. Anyone who suspects that rats have established themselves in a property should be prepared to fight to remove them; they rarely go quietly.
As with mice, you can always put down traps to deal with a rat problem. These traps are perfectly fine for eliminating a rat infestation one by one. But this isn’t going to be practical for the majority of infestations. If you want to be certain that a stubborn infestation will be cleared away completely, you need to hire a professional pest control service like Bon Accord.
Once you have reported an infestation to us, we will arrange a time for one of our pest control experts to come and visit your property and make an assessment. We will arrange to visit as soon as possible, at a time that is convenient for you. Our technician will formulate a solution that is tailored to your needs. Every pest outbreak is different and requires a different approach. Whether you are experiencing an outbreak in your home or your place of business, it is essential that you have confidence in the abilities of the pest control business you hire. When you choose Bon Accord to eradicate a pest infestation, you can be certain that the issue will be dealt with promptly and efficiently.
If there are children or pets in your property, you need a pest control service that understands the unique challenges this presents. You can’t take chances when it comes to the health of your children and your beloved family pets. Bon Accord has plenty of experience ridding properties of rat infestations in a safe manner without compromising on the quality of the work. We guarantee that we will completely clear away any pest infestation, removing every last rat from your property.
Once we have dealt with the infestation, we will then provide clients with the advice they need to keep their properties free from rats permanently. For businesses, we can provide a clean bill of health and certify that the premises are safe to open again. For homeowners, we offer complete peace of mind and a discrete service.
Anyone who suspects they may have a rat infestation in their home or business should contact Bon Accord immediately. We will dispatch a pest control expert to your property to assess the situation and decide how best to proceed. We will talk you through the available options and work with you to choose the most suitable eradication method for your individual needs. You can’t afford to take chances when it comes to rat infestations. The stakes for businesses and human health are simply too high.
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