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Rat Extermination


Public Awareness

Brown Rats (commonly known as Sewer Rats) are of developed urban environments especially in large developed towns and cities where domestic or commercial refuse may accumulate and either or both where drainage and sewage systems exist which is a favourable location for them to reside. This particular species has an instinctive trait of borrowing, typically being one of the ways of gaining access to a premises, though it is also common for rat borrows to exist in closed or open external environments preferably close to a food or water source. If activity exists internally it is often an extension of external activity meaning the severity of the problem is higher than initially suspected.

Brown Rats may find their way into a premise by exploiting surrounding environmental defects i.e broken drain pipes or lids, gaps in external walls or doors, damaged air-bricks or through poor foundations within extensions to a premises. They are also capable of climbing short distances to reach access points (though they are poor climbers) more so utilising this skill once they are inside a premise. Extreme damage to both hard and soft structural or household materials (including cabling introducing fire risks) is very likely due to their ability to gnaw (ultimately endangering the lives of occupants) if not just to keep their incisors (teeth) short and sharp which concludes that their eradication is extremely urgent before an infestation becomes out of control.

Steel Guard Pest Control are experts in Property Inspection, Rodent Control (Rats), Pesticide Treatments, Prevention Methods & Techniques whilst providing knowledgeable advise with recommendations to prevent a reoccurring infestations. We aim to effectively resolve infestations as swiftly and efficiently as possible (which can depend on the circumstances of an infestation).

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Personal Preventative Measures

How to get rid of Rats!

In experiencing a rodent problem, a rat infestation can be a terrifying experience giving the facts that their presence can cause distress toward occupants, they may attempt to attack if threatened and the risk of contamination spreading bacterias and diseases are highly likely. There is no best place to start as they are opportunists and may infest a premises anywhere, anytime though there are a number of preventative measures that can be carried out by occupants to reduce their activity if not get rid of them before or whilst treatment is in progress which are listed below:
  • Keep Stored Foods and Prepped Foods in sealed containers and in cupboards keeping the scent out of range from mice if possible.
  • Ensure that Internal Waste is well contained and for any Bio-Waste to be bagged and placed in a contained external bin immediately.
  • Any Loft Noises heard should be inspected immediately either by yourselves or by professionals such as ourselves preventing damage and spread of disease.
  • An External inspection should be made regularly and any Property Damage, Holes/Gaps and Missing/Damaged Drainage Materials should be repaired or replaced immediately to secure possible ingress points.
  • House Hygiene (both internal and external) should be upheld throughout the premises especially within the kitchen area, and all Surfaces should be kept clean from food debris to deter rat activity.

Whether a constant presence persists or rats continue to gain access to your premises and the following steps have been taken, immediately contact Steel Guard Pest Control so a survey and preventative programme to be carried out!

Facts of Rat Lives