As the nights are drawing in and getting longer and the temperature is starting to drop, its time to start being vigilant for rat activity in the garden and around houses, shops and office buildings.
The bounty of autumn is in full swing, so rats are looking to hoard the last remains of natures goodies and find a nice warm place to sit out the winter – and of course breed!
So what are the signs to look for? Some are easy to spot, where others not quite so obvious – but let’s have a go:
- Bin bags – look for holes in the bags – normally a very ragged gnawing or ripped with claws
- Holes or disturbed earth under sheds and out buildings
- Flattened grass tracks from bush to bush or from a fence to a shed etc – this will be very well trodden and easy to spot
- Partly eaten fruit from apple trees etc
- Holes in Mulch heaps
So what precautions do you need to take?
- Well firstly, dont put bin bags out until the last-minute. Try and put them in the bin and ensure the lid can be shut – you do not want any nasty shocks when you open it!
- Do not put food out for the birds, especially on the ground. This is the most common problem which draws in rats. I have even seen people putting out the leftover dinner over night and wondering why they suddenly have rats everywhere!
- Make sure all sheds and outbuildings are sound and have no gaps to attract un-welcome guests. Make sure all bushes etc are clipped so they do not over hang the shed.
- Clear up and dispose of all ground fallen fruit.
- Place your mulch heap on slabs of concrete and ensure the lid fits properly
Then of course you must call out your friendly pest control expert from Rapid Pest Control to get a winter rat prevention program in place to make sure you dont have problems.
Rapid Pest Control can offer a solution to cater for all eventualities and budgets – rather than waste your time and money using inferior products and un-tested techniques, call in the experts today on Newbury 01635 247192 – I can work out cheaper than you think.
As always, prevention is better than cure – so act now and dont delay.