There are 2 parts to rat proofing: 1). Stopping them coming into your living areas – this means you will no longer see them, find droppings and they can’t contaminate foods/food preparation areas but they will still be able to access wall voids, floor voids etc. 2). Stopping them accessing the building fabric – this means you will no longer hear them and they won’t be able to damage pipes, electricals etc. read more..
The vast majority (think 90%) of the rat population lives in the sewer systems of towns and cities. Since these were built in the Victorian era they were very quickly populated by rats as they provide the ideal habitat. Think of all of the food you scrape off your plate or push down the kitchen sink every day – this all ends up in the sewers. read more..
You may kill/catch some rats but it’s by no means a given Rats can show high levels of resistance to certain baits which tends to be regionally distributed – active ingredients such as bromodialone and difenacoum for example are particularly susceptible to this read more..
Rats are listed as a public health pest for good reason If they are emerging into your living areas (i.e. you are finding droppings, seeing rats) then they will be spreading bacteria via their bodies, urine and droppings onto your floors, kitchen cupboards and work surfaces – Google away to frighten yourself on the full range of potential diseases! read more..
Firstly we are a fully licensed pest control company so we know exactly how pest controllers think. Pest controllers are trained to use baits and traps – it’s a reactive strategy aimed at control rather than a proactive strategy aimed at eradication read more..
Virtually all rats in the UK are the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) – this is also known as the Brown rat or Sewer rat. Rattus norvegicus likes to live in sewers and when the Victorians invented the sewer and put in Britains drainage infrastructure, this species of rat found the perfect place to live, feed and breed. read more..
Rat infestations to building fabrics put both at risk – they are cited under the Public Health Act 1961 for good reason! Once rats have gained access to your building fabric (i.e. wall cavities, floor cavities, roof void etc.) then primarily its damage to your house that’s at risk – health implications don’t really come into the framework until they are emerging into your living areas. read more..
We speak to a lot of customers convinced that rats have burrowed under their foundations to emerge beneath their floors. This is an alarming thought as, if it were true, how can this possibly be stopped? Well luckily it isn’t true for the vast majority of cases. read more..
We often come across customers who have spent thousands with roofers and builders have every last hole in their roof plugged convinced rats were climbing up the sides of the building at night and getting into the roof void that way. People talk to us about ‘roof rats’ and seem to think that there is a species of rat out there that specialises in infesting roof voids in this manner and therefore sealing the roof from the outside is the only manner. read more..
The theory behind them… Rat valves or ‘rat flaps’ are simple devices that stop rats travelling past a certain point within a drainage system. Drainage systems flow from A to B – inherent to all drainage networks is a gradient to achieve this. This flow of water therefore carries momentum and it’s this momentum that lifts a valve flap – gravity then closes it. read more..