Many pest control experts have warned that as the colder weather comes to the UK, the country’s population of 120 million brown rats could start to look for somewhere warm to nest. This includes looking for spaces inside homes, as well as other buildings where they can find food, water and shelter.
As the recent bout of bad weather and heavy rain has forced many rats above ground and food is starting to become more scarce in their natural habitat, the move into these places may begin within weeks.
Why are Rats Choosing Homes?
With recent harvests of fruit and crops, there are plentiful reserves inside a lot of people’s homes, and it is believed that the rats will move closer to these food supplies.
However, rats will not usually be seen out in the open space of a person’s home. They will most often move into unused spaces where they are less likely to be disturbed, such as lofts, attics and stair cupboards. These places are usually darker, allowing them to remain hidden, and can make suitable spaces for nests.
Rats will most likely try to enter your home through gaps in the brickwork, but they can also come in by climbing up gutters and can (on rare occasions) even navigate their way through toilet pipes.
What Damage Can Rats do?
Once inside, they can cause structural damage in homes by eating away at beams, creating holes in walls and floors so that they can travel through buildings undetected, and experts believe that they may have even been the cause of several electrical fires, after chewing through cables.
If they are left for a period of time, the rats may also begin to breed. This can especially become a problem as rats can have up to six litters of babies a year, with anywhere between six and twelve babies in each litter. As they breed from a young age and can have so many offspring in the space of a year, this can lead to uncontrolled numbers and a rat infestation in your home.
Getting Your Property Inspected
Pest control companies often see a rise of between 30-40% at this time of year, owing to the number of rats that move indoors to find warmer shelter and greater food supplies. It is highly recommended that homeowners have their properties inspected for rats if they find signs of them.
These signs include droppings, holes and teeth marks in walls and scurrying sounds in walls and ceilings.
Making Your Home Rat-Proof
It is not possible to make your home completely rat-proof, but there are measures which can be taken in order to reduce the chances they have to enter your home. These include making sure that all food is stored away where rodents and other pests cannot get to them, clearing out cupboards underneath the stairs and sealing up gaps in brickwork and other openings where rats may try to come in.
Other measures include making sure that rubbish is cleared out regularly and cleaning up food waste, crumbs and clutter where they could find food or potentially hide.
Contacting the Professionals
If you have a problem with rats in your home, or you need expert advice in preventing them from invading your property, the best course of action you can take is to contact a professional pest control service. After clearing the rats from your home, they will also be able to give you advice on what you can do to make sure they cannot re-enter the property.
We Handle Rat Control
If you have rats in your house and you are looking for a professional pest control company to humanely remove them, then contact us today.
We have a number of services designed to get rid of rats in a fast, effective manner and we will be happy to help you get your problem under control. We have a four-step process, taking your property through an inspection, treatment, an examination and giving you advice on methods of prevention for the future.
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For high quality, cost-effective solutions to your pest control problems, get in touch with AMES Group today. We will send one of our team members to inspect and assess your home, before carrying out a quick and effective treatment. With our help, you can have your property back to just the way it was again in no time at all.