Rat catching service for Shiplake and Henley
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Rats can be a seasonal pest, generally round outdoors from spring through the summer, they will start to appear in homes and businesses from the autumn with a peak of activity in late winter. Rats are comensul rodents; this is the term for an animal that lives off man - you won't find rats far from us. Unable to provide for themselves in the long term they have learned that we store huge quantities of food and that its easy to hang around and wait until we're off guard and then its dinner time.
We find that rats get into peoples houses through two separate access points: the exterior cavity wall or through an air brick or via the drainage system. This is replicated for business premise's however they may have roller shutter door s and loading bays and these can all have gaps that rats will exploit.
We have rats in our loft, how do they get up there?
As mentioned in the introduction rats will enter properties through the cavity wall or the drains - these two places lead to the loft due to the building design. If your property is older than 1920 then you've probably got solid brick walls; the rat run will follow boxed in pipework that leads from the ground floor and often beneath the wooden floorboards to where the water tank sits in the loft. Houses built after 1920 tend to have cavity walls and these all lead up to the loft; able climbers rats will easily get from the ground to the roof by climbing up the rough inner surfaces of the cavity wall.
Rats us our drainage system to their advantage: its warm down there and a constant supply of, largely, fresh water and of course food. The food we rinse of our plates ends up in the drains and a hungry rat will even eat human feaces if there's nothing else available. By design the drains often cut through the outside walls of the house and any break in the pipeline even remote from the house means a rat can climb out of the drain and dig along the soil that surrounds the pipe. These pipes are often laid in a bed of pea shingle and the soil is just thrown down on top as you can't load weight onto the pipe and it has to be allowed to expand and contract.
We have a rat in the house but we've never had this before?
All buildings degrade over the life of the property, mortar shrinks and falls out, cast iron air bricks corrode and the holes get bigger and drains can crack and pieces give way. Not to mention when plumbers forget to seal up old redundant pipe holes or builders take short cuts but buildings age and that plays into the paws of the rat.
Rats are equipped with teeth that are actually harder than cast iron, they can gnaw away at a solid piece of brick and over time round off a corner, eventually they will create a big enough gap to squeeze through; this gap doesn't have to be that large - about the same width as the widest part of your thumb. One common entrance point for rats is via the drains, as the age the are susceptible to wear and cracking especially clay pipes; we'll often find that the underground, out of site route is the one taken.
Drain surveys for rats in Shiplake and Henley
Because we know that the underground route is so important, we use CCTV cameras to look down the drains and see whats going on. You can tell when looking into an inspection pit whether rats are present or not in the drains but we use the cameras to run along the pipes checking for defects like breaks and slipped couplings.
The most common defect that we find is a redundant branch that has not been capped off; where possible we will carryout basic repairs - these and the drain survey are not charged for as they form the backbone of our rat control service.
We look to investigate, find the entrance point and trap out any rats and then seal up those entrances to get you rat free for good.