This can makes traps frustratingly ineffective for killing rats. Often, they’ll spot a trap, their neophobia kicks in and tells them it might be dangerous, and they simply walk around it. Thinking you didn’t put it in the right spot, you move the trap to somewhere else, resetting the rat’s neophobia again.
Then, on the other side, we have the internal influences, the things that are attracting rats to your property.
Rats don’t hang around where they can’t find food and water (unlike their much smaller cousins, mice, rats don’t get enough moisture from their food to be able to survive) and – if they’re settling in your home – a safe place to breed and raise their young.
If you’ve spotted rats in your garden, check that you don’t have bird feed or fruits or seeds dropped from bushes and trees that could be providing a food source. If they’re inside your home, common food sources are big sacks of pet food stored away and forgotten in cupboards, basements or attics.
As for water, they may be living in the drains and getting their water from there, then coming up into your home to find food. Or, if they’ve settled in your home, they may be drinking from a leaking pipe.
Finally, hidden routes into your home such as broken air bricks or cracked pipes may be providing such easy access into your home that rats can’t help taking a peak inside. Sometimes, simply sealing these up will stop rats ever coming back, especially if they’re coming in from the garden rather than the drains.
While every case is unique – and we’ve seen some truly bizarre causes for rats invasions over the years – the external and internal factors above will be the first things we look for when we’re investigating a rat infestation.
To ascertain the exact cause, we deploy almost CSI-level techniques and equipment. UV-activated powder on your floors and surfaces will let us follow their footprints and narrow down their point of entry, while tiny CCTV cameras placed in your drains will quickly expose any rats sneaking in through there.
Naturally, this probably goes above and beyond what you are willing or capable of doing yourself. You can fumble around with DIY solutions for months or even years, or you can call our team of experienced, fully insured and BPCA/RSPH certified pest controllers – plus our favourite team member, our Jack Russel, Kimba.
Environ can help you get rid of rats.
We promise to not only kill the rats, but also control the population and seal off any access points into your home. We don’t want you to be stuck in protracted contracts or have to keep paying pesties for the same job year after year: we offer permanent solutions that let you get back to enjoying your home in peace.
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