Oct 15 in Pests
PESTUK in Shepperton
Shepperton is a suburban town in the borough of Spelthorne within the county of Surrey. With the amount of water and the train line running through, these factors cause a large number of Rat issues for many homes and businesses in the local area.
You will know if you have a rat problem if, inside you smell their urine, suffer from the consequences of their damage or see droppings or gnawing. Luckily most rat problems are outside and are usually caused by a food source, rats using an area for cover or a water source or possibly a combination of all three.
In domestic gardens bird feeding, compost heaps and animal droppings are the main causes for rats. You may see rats during daylight hours but they prefer to operate at night. Runs are notable by lack of vegetation, smear marks, footprints and packed down earth. Rats lie in burrows dug into the earth and can cause damage by collecting nesting materials, soiling food with urine, excreta and hairs. The burrows can resemble small rabbit holes. They may dig the burrows in earth or in compost heaps but they are adaptable and make use of areas under sheds or inside buildings.
Treatment for rats
Rat infestations are dealt with using a cereal based poison bait containing an anticoagulant poison called Sakarat, which contains the poison Bromadioline 0.005%. This poison usually requires that the rats feed several times before dying or if they consume enough poison to give them a lethal dose on their first feed they will not suffer any ill effects until some time after feeding.
This ensures that they do not become suspicious and associate the bait with illness or death and a ‘complete kill’ takes place killing all the rats in the colony. It can take up to 7 days before the rats start feeding on the bait as they are neophobic, or suspicious of new objects. It is important to achieve a complete kill as they breed at such a rapid rate that any survivors soon replace the dead with their offspring. (A healthy female rat can live for two years and can produce up to 60 young per year).
Rats live in colonies with dominant and subordinate individuals. In heavy infestations rats can be seen feeding during the day, these subordinates are usually the old and weaker animals that feed during the more dangerous hours of daylight to avoid the more dominant rats. If you see rats during the day time it will usually mean the problem is quite severe.
To book an appointment call PESTUK on-
PEST UK (Shepperton)
Telephone: 01932 690054