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Coming to terms with the fact that you may have a rodent problem is disturbing and enough to make a person feel repulsed for living in their own homes. What’s worse is the fact that getting rid of sewer rats is easier said than done. In the Ireland alone, the ratio of the population of rats to the population of humans is 1:1, which is equally distressing.
Of course, the main reason for these numbers is because rats are quick to reproduce and live in shady places where they’re not easy to reach. So much so, many people aren’t even aware of the fact that they have rats living in their homes or backyards if they don’t pay attention to the telltale signs.
Signs You Have a Rodent Problem
Rats might find it easy to hide in corners, but they are still bigger than mice. The signs these rats leave behind are also very obvious. The most obvious sign that rats have occupied your space and possibly made a home for themselves out of that space is the dark pellets and droppings that they leave behind. The size of rat droppings is easily about 10mm which can easily be spotted on the floors, and they are evidently much bigger than mice droppings. In addition to finding rats in drains, other signs include:
- Chewed plastic
- Chewed Packets of food
- Chewed paper
- Chewed wood
- Large holes with gnawed marks
However, it must be noted that rats are nocturnal animals. This is one of the reasons why most of their foraging is done late at night. The size of teeth marks on items will tell you whether mice are the culprit or rats. Rat teeth are bigger than mice, so the size of gnawing will be significantly larger as well, making it quite clear for you to identify.
If you haven’t been able to find any obvious signs that your locality is infected with rats but still suspect that there are rats, you can even opt for a CCTV drain survey. To conduct the survey, a push-rod camera is placed inside a 100-150 mm drain pipe in order to examine the condition within the pipe. This is usually done to find out what the cause of blockage is inside the drain & also CCTV Drain Survey is carried out to find breaks in the drain or disused connections that could let rodents into the building.
How to Prevent Rats
In order to eradicate rodents completely from your drain or home, it is important to know how rats function. As aforementioned, rats are nocturnal animals so most of their activity takes place at night. Another thing to keep in mind is that rats generally need an easy access to water in order to survive, even though they only drink about 15-60 ml of water on a daily basis. The other factor that keeps them around is the variety of food. Rats can eat just about anything and often prefer a varied diet.
You can take the following steps to ensure rats are kept under control:
- Make use of rat drain stoppers or rat blockers to keep the pests at bay.
- Rodent Investigation - CCTV Drain Survey
- Don’t forget to keep even the food of your pets away from rodents because even this can attract them.
- Constrict their access to all types of edibles and even water.
- Rat Proofing