How to keep rats away
The first defense against a rat infestation is to proof your home. Young rats can get through holes of less than 1cm, so it is important to seal any holes and fit bristle strip around doors.
Ultrasonic repellers emit sound that is uncomfortable for rats but cannot be heard by humans. These may help deter rats from entering a home in the first place, but we do not recommend them for existing infestations as rats can quickly acclimatize to the ultrasound. It is important not to attract rats with food – store food in plastic or metal containers and regularly clean under cookers and fridges. Outdoors, ensure household refuse is kept in closed bins, do not put meat into compost heaps and use squirrel-proof bird feeders. Rats can come up from sewers through broken pipes - it is important to ensure that all pipe-work is in good order.
How to get rid of rats
If not treated, a rat infestation can quickly take hold. A wide range of rodenticides and other products, such as traps and glue boards, are available in stores for dealing with rats in low risk areas, but we recommend treatment by one of our service technicians for rat activity in living areas or if the problem persists.
Controlling rats in your home and garden
A wide range of rat control products for amateur use including rat traps and rat killer (“rat poison”) are available from general stores, garden centers and grocery stores. It is essential to follow the instructions carefully for safe and effective use and to ensure humane control of rats. Rat traps are very powerful and should only be used in areas that children, pets and wildlife cannot reach.
Professional Rat Control
While amateur products are a cost effective way to control rat problems in low risk areas, professional pest control is required for high risk areas, more established rat colonies or where there is a repeated infestation. Pestoman service technicians provide highly targeted treatment to deal with any rat problem and will advise on how to keep your home free of rats in the future. Pestoman offers a call-out service to deal with rats and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.
If you would like further advice or to arrange a visit by a Pestoman technician, call us on 09705041508 or 040 – 655 55 825.