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Why Are Rats In My Wall Cavities?
Rats are present in your wall cavities because your home is now theirs. The question that needs to be asked here is "Where Have The Rats In My Wall Come From?".
The rats are likely getting into your wall and ceiling cavities via the following routes:
Rats Via Shallow Utilities
This is the point at which the drains and utilities leave the building under and through the wall of the property. Issues of this kind are seen most often in buildings and extensions constructed in the last twenty years.
In older buildings, it's more common to see soil pipes externally, but newer construction projects have them below ground due to better design and aesthetics.
The correct depth for these should be around 12 inches below ground level, but increasingly we see these points at ground level where rats quickly enter and populate the underfloor areas and cavities of the house.
Even if you have concrete floors, the earth beneath the floor will dry and subside by a few inches, creating the perfect nesting point for rats which can then eat through underfloor heating systems and other plastic water service pipes, etc.
Rats Via Faulty or Disused Drains
It's unsurprising that more than 80% of rat problems in homes and businesses originate from the drains. In most cases, this activity is in association with a new extension or other building improvements.
It is common to find open drains and even inspection chambers under extensions that allow rats unrestricted access into your property, and we can quickly solve this.
Rats Via Overhanging Trees, Hedges or Climbing Vegetation
Rats and other rodents will quickly climb along telephone wires, jump from overhanging branches and climb up climbing plants directly onto your roof where they quickly make themselves at home in the inaccessible roof spaces of extensions and loft spaces of the main building. Access into your loft under tiles is simple.
Other Points Of Entry Include:
Via the neighbours - in linked properties, through underfloor cavities, lofts and linked gutters.
Via open doors, windows and presents from your cat! - sometimes it will be a single rat, and no infestation exists.
Via Cellars and underfloor storage rooms.
Can Rats Come Through The Ceiling?
Yes! Rats can quickly chew through a ceiling and fall into a room, although we have only seen this three times in 11 years.
From what we have seen, the rats inadvertently fall through a hole in a ceiling and then cannot get back. The rat is then desperately running around the house until it gets caught, killed or escapes.
A desperate rat trapped inside a building will quickly cause damage, so control needs to be swift and efficient.
Q: What other Ways Can You Help Me?
The Bristol Rat Company has qualified electricians who can inspect and test your entire electrical system for faults and damage caused by rodent activity.
We can also update older style electrical systems, reducing fire risks and the dangers of electrical accidents caused by electrocution from wires stripped bare by rats, squirrels and mice.
Damaged pipes like those leading into underfloor heating systems are a significant hazard to both your properties structural integrity and of course electrical injury. We have qualified Plumbers from that will quickly inspect and if required, replace or repair damaged pipes and equipment.
Drain Repairs and Digital Camera Inspections
Very often the rodent problems we see are a result of rats getting into the property through damaged, faulty or poorly designed sewer systems. When required we have the facilities and expertise to carry out a full inspection of the sewer system and drainage of the property.
Where damage is found, we will carry out remediation work to protect the property.
The cross-contamination risks associated with heavily infested and soiled loft insulation cannot be understated.
Attic insulation containing years of rat droppings and rat urine is one of the most significant and overlooked areas of contamination risk. Rodents like to nest and live between insulation layers, depositing massive quantities of droppings, urine and nesting material infested with insect parasites and pests.
We can undertake a highly effective decontamination process, ensuring insulation is quickly and effectively replaced and surrounding surfaces fully disinfected with a sophisticated product that kills, viruses, bacteria and many other types of microorganism.
We also use the Bristol Pest Control Services of WaspKill UK, who are experts in insect control to handle the fumigation of properties affected by flea, bedbug and lice infestations.
We have healthcare trained operatives, formally qualified in infection control to decontaminate an infested or contaminated environment. You can be assured, we understand infection control and how to achieve an intensive clean more than many other organisations.
Our head of infection control operations has fifteen years experience in clinical healthcare services as well as many years experience in the pest control industry - in short, we are the best at what we do.
Proofing is achieved by installing effective barriers, preventing rodents from accessing a property or sensitive areas. We have experience in sealing cavity walls, cellars, attics, storerooms, kitchens and the list goes on.
If you have rodents and don't want them getting in - then we have the expertise to help.