Professional rat control in Sonning
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It is estimated that there are over 120 million rats now living in the UK, villages like Sonning that have an old infrastructure, a rural location and close to a river are hot spots for rat activity. In Sonning there is almost a seasonal flow of rat 'traffic' into the village; rats will breed outside from early spring living close to the river and on the farms where they have a plentiful supply of food - these animals are omnivores and they will eat a mainly grain and seed based diet but they will also eat carrion, shoots and bulbs along with smaller rodents, insects, amphibians and birds or egg's.
There is nothing that a hungry rat will turn its nose up at, this food supply peaks in the autumn after the harvest, coincidentally the rat population also peaks at this time too. Rats that are dominant and the alpha's will drive out smaller weaker members as autumn begins to fade and its these smaller less dominant rats that will move back into the village.
Our lifestyle gives the rats plenty of opportunity to thrive: bird feeders and compost heaps provide them with a banquet right in our back gardens. Recycling boxes containing unwashed items are an unexpected bonus and even dog faeces left lying on a lawn may tempt a rat if its hungry enough. The other thing that rats take advantage of is our houses, businesses and outbuildings - any breach, hole or gap that is bigger than the nail bed of your thumb is an open door and an invitation to a rat on the look out for either its next meal or somewhere warm and dry.
The other area exploited by rats is our drainage system, this is an area which on the coldest of nights will be above freezing and around 5 degrees centigrade, redundant sections and uncapped dead ends provide a dry part and there is a constant supply of fresh water and food passing by. These drains also connect to every house and a break on the inside allows the rat into a lovely warm, dry building with the temptation of food if they can get into the kitchen.
Effective rat control in Sonning
Our approach to rat catching in Sonning is simply this: we will trap the rats rather than use poison, this is to prevent dead rats from lying in void parts of the house which can't be retrieved and then stinking the house out as they decompose.
We survey your property and in the event that your building is semi-detached then we'll look at the neighbour's house as well, after all if they're getting in next door without intervention it will never stop.
Then we mark all the routes, breaks and gaps with tracking dusts and gels; this material stains the animals fur and once caught it will point us to the place where their getting in. At this point we seal up the fault meaning that you're now rat free, we understand how they got in and the door is firmly shut - no more rats!
Occasionally we will discover nothing wrong with the exterior of the building and then the most likely scenario is that the rats are entering via the drains, our answer to this is to use CCTV drain cameras to survey the underground part of the property. All this may happen on our first visit, if we can find out where the fault lies then we can bring about a solution to the problem.
If this is the type of service you want give us a call.
People often ask us how the rats get get up through a toilet: this video shows how able swimmers rats are and their ability to squeeze through a space.
Rats use their whiskers to determine the size of the hole, they will then pop their head through to test it is big enough, having an elongated cylindrical body allows the rest of the rat to follow - anything larger than 20 mm is more than enough space for a rat to squeeze past.
Poison free rat control in Sonning
How do we know if we've got rats in the house?
Rats generally move around at night, so if you're hearing noises in the house such as scurrying and gnawing then its most likely to be rats. They also defecate around 40 times a day so look out for oblong dark droppings with rounded ends; these will be a chocolate brown in colour when fresh darkening to black as they dry out.
Another easy way of finding out if you've got rats is to look for pad marks in dust - the pad marks are from the animals feet and the same size and shaped as the dimples on a golf ball.
Mice tend to leave much smaller one's whilst squirrels leave proper foot prints, carefully examine water pipes and ledges as rats are great climbers and you'd be surprised the routes taken when travelling around inside someone's house.