Pest Control News

Monday, 25 February 2019

Rats in the garden

Rats in the garden

In colder months, rats like most pests want to find warm, dry locations to nest. They can do this inside and outside the home and they can become a big problem when left alone. Outside your home, they will look for hiding places like in sheds or locations with lots of clutter, as long as there is shelter. They are attracted to this shelter as well as food sources, like compost heaps, open rubbish bags or bins left unattended and a water source. They have very sharp teeth and can chew through a variety of materials. Such as; wires, water pipes, wooden doors and fences. They will also dig tunnels and make holes in the lawn. It is important to note that besides the damage rats can cause they are also carriers of diseases so if you think you may have a rat problem, we strongly advise you call in a professional to help. 


What to look out for:
·     Droppings- a tell-tale sign that you have a rat problem 
·     Pets stalk them- it is a natural instinct for your pets, pets can be great deterrents however they will not solve an infestation issue
·     Burrows and holes in the lawn- on a search for food or shelter
·     Bite marks- able to gnaw through a vast range of materials


How to keep them away:
·     Keep food sources away from the lawn- bird feeders, pet food etc 
·     Seal rubbish bags and bins- it is good practice to clean bins regularly too 
·     Keep garden tidy
·     Block any access to shed/garage- vents, holes in wood should be suitably blocked
·     Remove water sources like birdbaths- attracts rats as they need water to survive. 



If in any doubt, please give us a call and we can help.