Rats are a common household pest in the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as heavily populated cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester.
While fancy rats can be kept as cute pets, most wild rats carry diseases and can cause significant damage to your property if they’re not dealt with promptly and properly.
If you think you see a rat in your home, it’s crucial that you act quickly and that you work to get rid of it and stop this rat, and its little furry friends, from coming back.
Here are some practical tips for dealing with a rat on your property so that you can go back to living in a safe and pest-free environment.
Identify If They Really Are Rats
Initially, you need to work out if the pest is, in fact, a rat. Signs that rodents are in your home include the pitter-patter of small feet, noise during the night, the sight of droppings and chew marks on your furniture and food. Once you know it’s a rodent, you need to check that it’s not an escaped pet. Try to see the animal if possible. It could be a hamster from a local child, in which case you should try to return it unharmed. Alternatively, it could be a pest that isn’t a rat. There are many other common rodent pests in the UK, such as mice, which could have made their way into your home. However, a good pest control firm can help with almost any type of rodent pest.
Call In The Professionals
While there are plenty of DIY rat traps and homemade poisons out there that you could try, they don’t always work, and they could cause more harm than good in the long run. As such, it’s worth calling in the professionals. If you’re in West London or the surrounding area, then DK Environmental can quickly help you to assess the situation and then get rid of your unwelcome furry guests. Their team can also assist with removing other common household pests, such as mice and many types of bugs, so they can meet all your pest control needs.
Figure Out How They’re Getting In
Getting rid of rats isn’t enough; you also need to work out how they are getting in and then prevent them from re-entering your home. Trace their steps and try to work out where they got into your property, then seal up that gap. If you’re working with trusted pest controllers, then they should be able to help you to find the hole through which the rats are entering and block it so that your home remains rat-free for many years to come.
Work On Preventing The Rats From Returning
Now that the pests are gone, and you’ve sealed up their entrance, you need to think about other ways that you can keep pests away from your home. There are many humane ways to keep rats from entering your property and make them feel less welcome, such as keeping your waste food in a secure receptacle, moving bird feeders away from your property and more. By being proactive, you can reduce the chances of more rats making themselves at home in your house.