Discovering a rat infestation at your home or in your local area can be distressing, which is why it is best to do everything you can to try prevent the problem from occurring. Rodents can carry a wide range of disease causing organisms as well as carrying other parasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites, which is why it is important to be vigilant when spotting signs of them. Rats can also cause a great deal of damage to your home; they chew on the eaves of roofs, destroy electrical wires and can cause sewerage and plumbing issues by damaging waste and water pipes. They also have the potential to reproduce in population size rapidly if they live in favourable conditions. The best way to deter rats is to deny them access to food, water and shelter.
Rat Prevention Top Tips
- Store refuse appropriately by avoiding a build-up, placing bin bags in bins with the lid secured and place food waste in sealed containers to eliminate possible food sources.
- Avoid letting your garden become overgrown or cluttered which could provide them with shelter and areas to hide.
- If feeding the birds, make sure that all food is on a bird table, bird feeders or off the ground and clear up any spillages.
- Dog fouling can attract pests including rats so it is important to pick up after your dog and keep your garden clear of it.
- Proof all buildings to prevent entry. Doors should be free from any gaps and any holes in walls/around pipes should be sealed.
- If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.
- Being able to spot signs of rats can identify the infestation quickly. Look out for droppings, scratching noises, rat holes and nests, footprints/rub marks.
If you see any evidence which could be linked to the presence of rats we recommend treatment being carried out as soon as possible to prevent a larger infestation developing.
Inverclyde Council provide a Pest Control Service and this can be arranged through the Customer Service Centre on 01475 717171.
Alternatively, you may wish to employ a private contractor or treat the issue yourself, however it is essential that any treatments are carried out by competent persons.
Page last updated: 10 August 2017