Why do Rats need to be controlled?
Rats can be very persistent in gnawing through metal, wood and mortar to get into your property, and if they gain access into your business premises and they can spread diseases, cause damage and contaminate food. Rats repopulate at an extraordinary rate, which means that once you have rats inside your property, a large infestation can start developing within just a few weeks and needs to be controlled as soon as possible to prevent the problem from becoming a large-scale infestation.
Consequences of Rat infestations
- Damage property with constant gnawing, rats can damage insulation, chew through floor joists, walls, pipes, doors, and floorboards. Rats will also shred nearly anything for their nests, from paper to linen and plastic. Rats will even gnaw through electrical cables which also causes a high risk of an electrical fire occurring.
- Contaminate foodstuffs/spread of diseases pathogens are in a rat’s urine and droppings, these can transmit diseases such as Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis), Rat-bite fever and Salmonellosis.
- Reputational Damage – once Rats have been spotted at your premises, particularly at a public business, your reputation can suffer significant damage, especially with how often people take photos and videos to share on social media of such things.
- Alarm – immediate loss of trust from customers and employees, especially in food processing, industrial & manufacturing and food & beverage sectors.
- Damage –of goods and equipment such as computers, electrical appliances, wires and pipes in offices and business premises walls, roof
- Losses –infestations may cause product recalls and loss of contracts which can lead to financial loss and the loss of company reputation along with costly repair work to rectify the damage caused by the rats.
- Legal –failure to comply with legislation could lead to business closure or fines from the authorities.
Rat Proofing to prevent a rat infestation
Discovering rats in your business or farm can be very distressing. Luckily there are methods to deter rats and other rodents and prevent an infestation or re-infestation after the population has been controlled.
Rodent proofing your property to prevent pests from entering and removing easy access to food and water can significantly reduce the likelihood of infestation. Rats need easy and constant access to a water source, even though they only drink between 15 – 60ml per day. They will eat almost anything available, but they do prefer to eat small amounts of a variety of different foods.
Here are some tips to help prevent a problem:
- Keep foodstuffs in metal or glass containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Tidy inside the property – less clutter means fewer places to hide.
- Place outdoor rubbish bags in metal bins with securely fitted lids to stop pests from feeding on the contents.
- Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids – preferably above ground level.
- Keep areas free from debris and waste. If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract pests.
Rats are nimble, versatile and make the most of any opportunity to enter your property. Black rats are good climbers. Whilst brown rats can climb, they prefer to build burrows, particularly near or beneath solid structures like sheds, garages, walls and underneath buildings, that can cause the ground below to collapse and cause very expensive repair work.
They are very adapted to swimming in sewers and drain systems, making the most of any damaged pipework. Both species will gnaw at gaps to enlarge them enough for easy entry.
How to detect a Rat infestation early
Check for common signs (droppings, urine stains, holes and signs of gnawing) which will help identify a problem in the early stages to ensure that a fast and effective treatment plan can be implemented as soon as possible. All of our technicians are British Pest Control Association (BPCA) certified ensuring they are trained to the highest level to provide fast, effective and targeted mouse control solutions.
Methods of controlling Rats
- Rodent proofing – Rodent proofing is an efficient way to prevent a Rat infestation from developing by preventing access to the property.
- Environmental management – Environmental management is a key aspect of the prevention of Rat infestation by ensuring there is no access to places to hide, nest and feed.
- Rodenticides – Rodenticides are not only effective at reducing and continually controlling Rat populations, but also preventing an infestation in the early stages by eliminating the initial pests that gain entry to the property.
- Trapping – Trapping is an effective measure to reduce and prevent a Rat infestation, although trapping requires more frequent visits from our technicians to check, clear and reset the traps.
- Shooting –When controlling an existing Rat infestation, shooting is by far the most efficient and humane method to reduce the Rat population by bringing their numbers down significantly in a very short period, although this method is only recommended for certain locations that are viable and safe to complete a pest shooting programme with our highly trained and experienced pest control shooting technicians, using professional-grade moderated air rifles with thermal and night vision equipment to ensure a more effective and discrete service.
Shield Facilities’ Rat Control Solutions
Our British Pest Control Association (BPCA) certified Technicians provide safe, effective solutions to eliminate rats using industry-leading treatments. One of the quickest and most effective ways to control rats is our rodent shooting programme which brings the population down faster than any other method, alongside rodenticides to help control the remaining population until and after the initial population reduction treatment process. We have a large selection of rodenticides suitable for use indoors and out, in a wide variety of formulations too.
Rodenticides are used as part of a carefully planned programme of anti-pest activity and regular monitoring. We’ll put a schedule of visits in place designed to effectively take care of your rat problem with minimum disruption.
- We offer a comprehensive site inspection to access the source of the attraction, breeding site, and level of infestation, to identify the rat species and determine the most effective way to resolve your pest problem.
- Our technicians can offer an effective, targeted rat control tailored to your requirements.
- Treatments will include the control of any potential breeding sites and will advise actions to take according to the pest problems
Treatments will include the control of any potential breeding sites and will advise actions to take according to the pest problems
Our qualified pest control technicians can provide the most suitable treatments for a rat problem identified on your property. Professional services are often the most reliable way to guarantee a long-term solution to a pest problem.