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Rat Control

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Key facts about rats

The Rat originated from Asia and China. First recorded in Europe at the beginning of the 18th Century, they were referred to as Norway rats because they were thought to have travelled from the East on Norwegian timber ships. Rats are mainly nocturnal, although hungry rats come out in the day to search for food.

Rats must drink water daily unless their food source is extremely moist. They are considered omnivorous but if available, cereals seem preferred. They eat on average one tenth of their body weight each day.

Where will you find them?

Rats are quite prevalent in the London area. In fact, rat problems are getting worse in London. These rodents will normally be found under kitchen units, in basements, under garden sheds, under decking, behind bath panels and in roof voids to name just a few places.

Rats explore their environment quite freely. However, they do have a fear of new objects. This is known as neophobia and this should be taken into account when baits are checked after an initial treatment. They can infest houses, business premises, gardens and you may find signs of rats in attics and loft spaces.

How do you know if you have rats?

Although there are differences between rats and mice, rats are rodents with similar characteristics and signs of infestation to mice. They are active at night. Your London home may be infested with rats if you notice the following signs.

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  • The presence of largish, dark brown, bullet shaped droppings is an indication that there are probably rats on your property.
  • Some species of rats are agile climbers. You are likely to hear scratching noises in the walls and under floorboards at night.
  • You may notice shredded materials like cardboards, loft insulation, or fabrics that they are using to make their nests.
  • Rats leave footprints and tail marks, especially in places that are dusty and little used at the entry and exit routes to their nests.
  • Like mice, rats leave grease marks in the places they pass through often. They use these routes when leaving or entering their nests because of poor eyesight. These dark marks can be used as an indication of a rat infestation. However, the marks may not indicate whether the infestation is active or not because the marks can last for a long time.
  • Rats gnaw on plastic and wood items to trim their teeth.
  •  You may have a rat invasion when you see ripped food packaging and torn food containers.
  • You may notice an pungent smell of urine in the air if you have rats living in your home.
  • Signs of rats in outbuildings can be overlooked. It is important to make sure to repel rats from garden sheds and the like.

Diamond rat control in London

How do we control rats?

Our London based technician will initially talk through the problems you are experiencing and explain what our treatment entails. He will then carry out a thorough inspection of your premises prior to any treatment and assess the level and extent of the infestation. Once this has been established they will then be able to carry out treatment to the appropriate areas.

All our treatments are completely safe for children and animals and baits are placed in plastic tamper resistant bait boxes where necessary. Once our treatment is complete we will detail our work in an inspection report and leave this with you, our technician will then arrange a convenient time to carry out a follow up visit.

Our follow up service

For rats we would need to carry out two follow ups. The usual follow-up time after the initial baiting programme has been established is seven working days.

The first follow up will let us know how bad the infestation was and where you have had evidence of rats. The technician will re-bait as necessary and arrange the second follow up with you. On the second follow up this will normally tell us that the premises is all clear and our technician will give you advice on preventing rats in the future.

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