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A good garden design can help prevent rats
Rats like cover which protects them from predators. They also like to follow the contours of a wall or building, so if you have undergrowth next to your house, or a garden wall, you have create an environment where rats can flourish.
The picture below shows an example of a well designed garden to keep out rats, the walls are mainly clear of undergrowth which leaves rats vulnerable. There is also no clutter where rats can run to take refuge.
HDW Pest Control can provide you with advice on garden design to prevent rat problems.
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How will you know you have a rat problem?
Rats are generally nocturnal but you may see them in the daytime. You may see small holes like rabbit holes, foot prints, tail marks; smear marks from the grease on their bodies or droppings. You may also hear them in your loft or cavity walls. Finally, you may smell them.
Why should you have this controlled?
Rats carry disease, they cause damage by chewing through cables and water pipes, they kill other wildlife and breed prolifically soon causing infestation. They create nests in burrows and can cause damage by scavenging for nesting materials; they soil your food with urine, faeces and their body hair.
Rats are extremely intelligent and adaptable and are therefore difficult but not impossible to control.
What can you do to help before treatment of rats?
You can make a note of where you have seen any rats, you can ask your neighbours if they have seen any activity and you can leave any droppings or damage for me to look at when I survey your property.
What will I do?
I will treat the affected areas by placing an efficient and effective rodenticide anticoagulant containing Bromadioline. This is a second generation poison that is effective against rodents that have adapted to Warfarin. Rats are especially suspicious of new objects so will take time before they start to eat the bait. They do not suffer any ill effects after taking the first dose and therefore are not suspicious of going back for more. The rats must take a lethal dose of the poison for it to be effective and this can take up to seven days.
What happens after treatment?
Rats are attracted by the smell of rubbish, other animals and their food so you should take care when feeding your pets, or, if you feed wild birds and have bird table. You should also be very careful when you discard rubbish in your bins ensuring that they are closed securely and that rats cannot get into them. Rats need three things to survive: water, food, cover. Your garden will probably provide all of these to any rat in the area. It is therefore important that you keep these to a minimum. Additionally composting provides a warm place for rats to live and a supply of food in the winter.
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