Rat Control – Breeding Season Is Here

As the weather warms up its not only the trees and blossoms which spring in to action, offering us glorious displays. The world of nature’s furrier friends, and pests, are also awakening. They have work to do.

Pest control firms can assure of this: Spring means breeding, in earnest. If your property is already, or will shortly become, a home to rats then your problem may start with a couple of invaders and over the weeks your rat lodgers will increase in number.

Rats are a perfect example of a pest that can quickly become out of control.

A wait and see what happens attitude will not serve you well. The earlier that a rat control issue is reported to a Hampshire pest control firm, the easier the problem is to solve and your property can be reclaimed, so can peace of mind.

How to get rid of rats

The most important point with rat control is to seek professional and expert advice from a leading firm like Pest Control Berkshire who cover Hampshire and Wiltshire too.

Rats are highly intelligent, loyal and have excellent memories. Many rats have evolved to remain unaffected by over the counter treatments. DIY rat control often proves to be fruitless, it could also be dangerous.

An experienced rat specialist knows how to get rid of rats effectively. It starts with thinking like they do and outwitting them. Pest control Hampshire firms also have access to treatments which are not in the public domain, these are solutions which rats haven’t grown resistant to.

Prevention is better than cure

It’s a trusty adage and it’s true. If you invest a small amount of time in making your property rat proof this will negate the need for pest control professionals to pay a visit.

Preventative measures to consider:

  • Are there missing or damaged roof tiles?
  • Are there cracks in the roofing cement?
  • Can nests be built in the roof overhang areas?
  • Are mesh airbrick ventilation covers in place? These act as a barrier.
  • Are entrances and windows to your property sealed effectively?
  • Have you checked around the exterior of the property, trees and bushes for nests?
  • Have all outbuildings, sheds, garages and units been checked for access points?
  • Is a fly screen necessary to keep larger pests out too?
  • Are work surfaces clean, crumb and spillage free?
  • Is food stored in airtight containers and in closed cupboards?
  • Is pet food left out, and easily accessible, to rats in high temperatures?
  • Can you switch to plastic storage boxes for archived and stored items? Cardboard boxes are rats perfect nesting material.
  • Are waste and compost in containers with tight lids so that rats can’t access them?
  • Can you relocate birdfeeders so they, and eager rats, are well away from the property?

As rats, and their mouse cousins, appreciate when the spring comes, hibernation and overwintering end and their primary role is to restore the strength of their nest. Survival is a serious business, so is rat control.

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