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Discovering rats in your home or business can be very distressing. Luckily there are ways you can deter rats and avoid an infestation. Proofing your home to deny them entry and removing easy access to food and water can really make a difference. Rats need easy and consistent access to a water source, even though they only drink between 15–60ml per day. They will eat almost anything available, but they do prefer to eat small amounts of a variety of different foods.
See our tips below on practical ways you can help prevent and deter a rat problem:
If you have already spotted signs of rats, such as droppings, you may already be too late.
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By proofing your home, you will help to make it seem less attractive to rodents. Rats will make the most of any opportunity to enter your home in the search for shelter and food.
Entrances - fit strips to the bottom of doors and weather-stripping around exterior doors as a deterrent. Young rats can squeeze through small gaps under doorways and will also use cat flaps to enter. They will enlarge gaps by gnawing to enter homes via garages.
Gaps in exterior walls - fill holes or small openings (around utility cables or pipe work) with stainless steel wire wool and caulking or concrete. Steel or aluminum plating can be used. Rats can jump, so check up to a height of about 4 feet.
Roofs - repair roof damage and use wire mesh to seal gaps. Trim vegetation away from your home. Rats climb along electrical cables or use overhanging branches to get into loft spaces and attics through gaps in broken roof tiles or under eaves.
Drains and sewer pipes - keep toilet seat lids closed. Rats have been known to swim up damaged sewer pipes and get round u-bends in toilets. They will also use drain pipes and drainage outlets. Use tightly fitting metal grates or screens to cover drains, especially in basement areas. Check that all drain pipes are in good working order.
Rats will make the most of any opportunity to enter your home in search for shelter and food. Black rats are good climbers and will happily inhabit roof space; while brown rats tend to burrow more and are very adept at swimming in sewers and drain systems. Both species will gnaw at gaps to enlarge them enough for easy entry. We understand the habits and behavior of different rat species and know the correct method in pest proofing your home or business premises. Read more about pest proofing.
Tamper-resistant rat bait stations professionally managed by Rentokil PCI are trusted rat deterrent and is safe to use even in locations where children or pets are present.
Our pest control experts can provide the most suitable treatments to a rat problem identified in your home or business. Professional services are often the most reliable way to guarantee long-term solution to a pest problem.
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