Rat Pest Control
Portsmouth, Hampshire and Surrey
Rats can be very persistent when trying to enter your home or company premises; they will even chew through metal to get in. Not only do rodents spread diseases, but they also cause damage to your property and belongings.
Problems with Rats
Rats are notorious for gnawing through things such as doors, floorboards, insulation, floor joists, pipes, etc. They are also known for shredding things like linen, plastic and paper for their nests. Rats also carry pathogens in their urine and droppings that can transmit diseases like Rat-bite fever, Weil's disease and Salmonellosis.
Suppose rats make their way onto your company premises. In that case, this could cause an immediate loss of customers trust, a reputation downfall and an eventual financial loss or business closure, especially in the food and hospitality sectors.
They can damage equipment like computers and electrical appliances, as well as pipes and wires. You will need to contact a professional pest control services to help you get rid of the problem. If you need help with pest control in your domestic or commercial property and are in Hampshire or surrounding areas, our Pest Control Hampshire team is on hand and happy to provide a range of pest control services 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Signs of Rats
Rats are most active during the night. This means it is usually far easier to spot the signs of a rat infestation than an actual rodent.
As rats are very agile climbers, you could notice bite marks on cables, wires, and items in your loft. It would be best if you also looked out for bite marks elsewhere in your home.
You may notice some rub marks or smudges on surfaces on your property, left there by their greasy, dirty bodies, or some foot and tail marks left on dusty surfaces.
Brown rats are notorious for digging elaborate burrow systems in the ground for nesting and food storage, so it would help to keep an eye out for rat holes. They also shred up soft materials such as loft insulation, fabric and cardboard to build nests.
If you have spotted any of the signs mentioned on your property, we highly recommend acting quickly and arranging a rat removal service to prevent the potential infestation from spreading any further. Please get in contact with our highly-trained pest control team at Pest Control Hampshire to request a free quote.
How to prevent rats
There are management steps you can take to try and avoid a rat or mouse infestation.
Rats will only need a gap of 15mm to gain entry into somewhere, so you should search for any potential entry points, seal these up, and try diminishing any gaps around your pipes and under your outbuildings. It would be best to primarily focus on lower-level gaps, as these are the most likely places that rats will enter.
You should then consider any higher up entrances like vents or openings. Ensure you check all pipes and windows, and the basement too. Proofing all possible entry points as best as possible will help to prevent a rat infestation.
You should try and keep your garden and yard as tidy as possible as rats like to nest in overgrown areas, piles of wood and debris and even compost heaps.
Another thing you can do is inspect all of your drain covers are in good working order and that any disused pipes on your property are properly sealed off.
If you usually feed the birds in your garden, then it is recommended that you use a high up solution such as a bird table or hanging feeder basket if possible because birdfeed debris on the floor can easily attract rats at night, providing them with an easy food supply.
Ensuring you cover any household waste that rats may be able to access is essential; closing bin lids and washing recycling containers can help you prevent a rat infestation on your property.
You should always make sure to have your bins emptied regularly and try your very best not to miss collection days, and frequent bin collections will significantly reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation. Rats can easily squeeze through the smallest of open spaces, so you should deal with this by sealing all possible entry points, and if you have any cracks or holes in your outside bins, you can attempt to seal the damage up or call up your local council for a replacement for your broken bin at a small cost.
It is best to keep any outdoor bins as far away from your property as possible and far from any windows or doors. Keep them at the end of the yard or garden to further help the prevention of rats from entering your property. Don't lure rats to your bin by dumping waste straight into the bin. Make sure you put all loose food and rubbish into bags or containers whenever possible, and make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect your bins on a regular basis.
If you do find yourself with a rat problem and are in the Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke and Hampshire areas, then our friendly and professional team at Pest Contol Hampshire will come to your rescue with expert rat treatments. This is the quickest and most effective way to help you completely eradicate rats from your home or business whilst providing long term solutions to remain rat-free.
How to Get Rid of Rats
We appreciate that discovering rats in your business, home, or garden can be extremely distressing.
Their capacity to chew through wires, wood, pipes, plastic and even some metals can cause severe damage to your property, and their ability to carry and transmit diseases is a serious concern.
The quickest and most effective way to get rid of rats from your property is professional pest control. Our efficient and reliable pest control team at Pest Control Hampshire offer targeted rat control treatments.
Our certified pest control technicians will carry out a professional survey to highlight the extent of the infestation and search for any potential access points. We will then provide rapid and effective targeted eradication treatments to the space, and following that, we will work at proofing your property to prevent any future infestations from happening.
Rat Proofing to prevent a rat infestation
Finding rats in your business or home can be incredibly distressing. Luckily there are a few known rodent control tricks that you can do in order to deter rats and prevent an infestation.
Adequately proofing your home to prevent pests from entering and removing easy access to food and water can make a significant difference. Rats require easy and consistent access to a water source and will eat almost anything available, but they much prefer having small amounts of various foods.
It is recommended that you keep all food in glass or metal containers, ensuring that they have well fitted, tight lids.
Make sure both inside and outside of your property is always kept clean and tidy as rats are likely to congregate around messy, cluttered up areas. Rats and mice are nimble, versatile creatures that will make the most out of any opportunity to enter your home. They can climb, burrow, swim and chew their way into your home, so it is definitely a good idea to ensure your property is thoroughly rat proofed. Get in touch with our professional pest control team at Pest Control Hampshire, and we will help you ensure your home remains pest-free quickly and efficiently.
If you are looking for rat removal in the Hampshire and Surrey areas, we can help. Our expert team are available to provide fast rat pest control today.