Rats are prevalent throughout the year but winter increases activity of rats who are trying to escape the cold weather by entering homes and businesses throughout the Swindon and Wiltshire area. Cold weather creates the perfect storm involving cold weather, lack of food and timing. This in turn creates the perfect conditions for rat problems.
Rats are something we can’t bear to think about. When those pests are rodents – well, that’s a whole new level of horror! You think it could never happen to your own home, and least of all your attic. But before you call your real estate agent or skip town entirely, take control and reclaim your house or business by following these steps for rat control.
Identify the culprit
Mice and Rats – oh my! Unfortunately, when it comes to pest control it’s never a one-size-fits-all scenario.
Each pest is unique and as such, extermination strategies are unique so it is incredibly important to know if you are dealing with mice or rats so that you can correctly remove them. The best way to identify your pest is by studying their droppings . I’m sorry, but it is. Now we appreciate you can’t trade notes with friends, as rodent droppings is not a popular table topic, so do some research so you know what you are dealing with and can act or advise accordingly.
Remove their route
Owning a home is fantastic, but what no one talks about is all the pests that are plotting their entry into your happy place.
Once you have had the pest removal team out, have a walk around the house, a climb up the ladder and audit any holes or entry points could save you the next rodent outbreak. This doesn’t need to be an expensive exercise, you can temporarily patch up holes and entry points with plywood, hardening foam or even wood off-cuts. They had to get in somehow so find out where and make sure to rodent-proof it.
Keeping your rubbish as far from your house as possible is a good idea. Food scraps and food packaging are beckoning those rodents out of their hidey holes and into your attic.
Make a habit of keeping the bins as far away as possible from your home or business and there should be no reason for any pests to approach your home. It’s also an idea to start putting meat scraps into a separate plastic bag before you put in your kitchen bin, this will also minimise other bug pests in your kitchen.
Call pest control
When pests have invaded your home calling a professional service is advisable we are trained in identifying access points and carrying out proofing work to prevent rodent access.
There are times for rolling up your sleeves for a DIY job, but this is not one of those times. Failure to act quickly will give your rodents time to reproduce and you will feel less comfortable and clean in your own home. Before you have a pest team out, make sure you accurately confirm the rodent infestation so that you are not wasting your time or anyone else’s. In addition to removing the problem at hand, your pest team will actually leave behind certain measure which will reduce your chance of another infestation.