Some Facts About Rats and Rat Control

If you suspect that you might have rats in your house, don’t ignore the problem hoping it will go away. It won’t.

In fact, if you procrastinate for a month or two, things may get our of hand. One female rat can produce up to 144 babies in a year. Each of those female babies can get pregnant when they are only 6 weeks old. With gestation lasting only 22 days and up to 12 babies in each litter – you do your maths! That is a LOT of rats!

Have a look at this National Geographic video below, and see what we mean.

Rats are not easy to eliminate by yourself. They are highly intelligent and suspicious of any new objects. They will usually ignore the poison or traps you set up yourself, unless you have a good understanding of their behaviour and habits.

Rats are extremely agile. A rat can shimmy up a dangling wire, climb a vertical wall of brick or stucco or pull itself up in the space between a wall and a utility pipe. They can walk on telephone wires, dig, or swim for days with out stopping.

They can survive a 50-foot fall and land like a cat, uninjured. They can wriggle through a whole the size of a 50 cent piece and jump 3 feet straight up.

Rats are  also very adaptable. They can eat just about anything. They can survive in most conditions. The only brown rat-free zones in the world are the Arctic, the Antarctic, some especially isolated islands, such as Iceland, the province of Alberta in Canada, and certain conservation areas in New Zealand.

Need Help With Rat Control?

If you notice the appearance of rodents in your house or business premises, don’t wait until the problem gets worse. Rats and mice are far more difficult and expensive to eradicate once they have settled in and started breeding. They multiply very quickly and if you leave it too long, the problem can, and most probably will, get out of hand.

So rather than deal with the problem yourself, it is best to call in a professional. Our IPCA qualified technicians have extensive experience in rat control and can quickly and safely get rid of your rat problem.

Read more about our Rat Control Services here or Call Onguard Pest Control on 01 451 1795 or 086 300 9700 for immediate intervention.

Rodent control – How to prevent rats and mice from settling in your home?

Rat control - Rats and Mice feeding on left over foodAccess to food scraps and the presence of hiding places help rodents such as rats and mice to survive in residential areas. Good sanitation will effectively limit the number of rats and mice that can survive in and around your home or the place of business.

Effective rat control involves good housekeeping, proper storage and handling of food materials and refuse, and elimination of rodent shelter (harborage). Outside dog pens must be properly maintained to reduce potential rats and mice problem. Removing clutter around homes removes rats and mice hiding places and allows you to spot any signs of them early, before they had a chance to settle in. Good sanitary practices will not eliminate rodents, but it will make the environment less suitable for them to thrive.

Rodent-proof Construction

The most successful and permanent form of rats and mice control is to “build them out” by making their access to structures impossible. Ideally, all places where food is stored, processed or used should be rodent-proof. Store bulk foods, bird seed and dry pet food in metal cans with tight fitting lids.

Seal any openings larger than 1/4 inch to exclude both rats and mice. Openings where utility conduits enter buildings should be sealed tightly with metal or concrete. Equip floor drains and sewer pipes with tight fitting grates having openings less than 1/4 inch in diameter. Screens, windows and doors should fit tightly. It may be necessary to cover edges with sheet metal to prevent gnawing.

For more tips on how to prevent rats and mice from settling in your home, see the video below:

Effective Rodent Control in Your Home or Your Place Of Business

Onguard Pest Control offers fast, effective elimination of rats and mice for both residential and commercial clients. Our highly experienced Rodent Control team can:

  • set up rat traps
  • set up bait stations
  • monitor the traps and remove caught or dead rodents
  • pest proof your property

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