Rats Gone For Good! We Are Different!
Our rat control ambition is to “SOLVE” and avoid the traditional cycle of Bait – Stink – Flies – Repeat! Customers across Bristol are now enjoying the tranquillity of a rodent-free home because we check everything. “UNIQUE INSPECTIONS”.
Drains, wall cavities, roof voids, cellars, and kitchens, are all considered in our unique inspection process. Everything we do focuses on solving your rat problem and not just treating it. Better still, in some cases the solution is free!
Rats: Facts, Truth, And Answers
Rats & Disease
Rat-borne diseases and parasites represent a significant public health threat.
Those Most At Risk Include Children, Pregnant Women, The Elderly, and people Convalescing.
- Salmonella – Severe and sometimes fatal food poisoning.
- Tularemia – If bitten by a rat this bacteria can attack your immune system and lungs.
- Leptospirosis – Weil’s disease – a notifiable disease, leading to multi-organ failure and death
- E.coli 0157 – This frightening disease from rat faeces causes renal failure and intestinal bleeding.
- Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis – Viral Meningitis that starts innocently like the flu.
- Plague – Very rare in this country, but cannot be excluded from thought
The Most Common Routes Of Transmission Include:
- Biting – you, your children, family, pets, or livestock
- Urine & Droppings – Infecting your groceries and work surfaces with urine and over 30 droppings each per night
- Being eaten – by your pets
- Contaminating – pets and your pet’s food and water
- Spreading – blood-sucking parasites like fleas and mites
- Contaminating – water supplies particularly when they fall into water tanks
What Do Brown Rats Look Like?
Key Features Of The Common Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus):
- Diseases Include: Bubonic Plague, Typhus, and Weil’s disease are among the best known.
- Life Span: 1 – 2 Years
- Weight: over 500g when mature
- Colour: brown, charcoal
- Sexual Maturity: 4 – 6 Weeks
- Gestation Period: 21 days
- Number of litters: 8 per year
- Number of young: 6 – 12 per litter
- Diet: They are Omnivores, feeding on almost anything.
- Daily food: 25 – 50g
- Daily water intake: 100ml per 100g
Where Do Rats Come From?
Research suggests that Brown Rats in the UK originated in northern China over a million years ago. These rats also developed a relationship with human populations, a relationship that has endured for millennia.
The Introduction into the UK is believed to have occurred via ships from the far east in the 1600s, but this is hard to substantiate. The only place you won’t see Brown Rat is the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
How Is Rat Control Carried Out?
Rats are controlled and eliminated in two ways. The first and most popular method is to control populations with lethal control methods. The second and least popular method is exclusion and environmental control. So what’s the difference?
The most traditional methods of lethal rat control include
- Trapping (cages, snap-traps, glue boards)
- Poisoning (bait, liquid feeds, contact poisons)
- Shooting (air weapon, firearms, shotgun).
The most popular methods of environmental rat control include
- Proofing/Exclusion (preventing rats from entering an area)
- Line of sight (ensuring all sources of cover, concealment, and encouragement are eliminated).
Successful rat control and rodent control demand that a variety of methods are married together. Only a combined and integrated methodology will result in successful elimination and removal in the longer term. Sadly, the fact remains that adjoining properties might not share your proactive stance, and in time the rodent population will return.
It might be in five minutes or five years, but eventually, they will return – and you must be ready for them! Eliminating rats can be a complicated task, but commonly the best scenario is to always focus on controlling the rodent population as close to its source as possible.
Drain faults and building failures are by far the most common routes of rat entry into our homes, and structural repairs and proofing by experts like ourselves can solve a rat problem for good.
Poison and traps have their place but repairs and proofing are always preferable because they address the problem and don’t just subdue it for a few weeks or months.
Can Rats Come up The toilet?
This has to be one of the most common questions and fears that we encounter. Only toilets in basements or the ground floor of properties tend to be affected, and in many cases, the rat has not come up the toilet, but instead has tried to escape down it!
The reasons you might find a rat in your lavatory are numerous, but the main ones include, poisoned rats seeking water, rats escaping a threat, and rats going for a drink and getting stuck!
Finally, where a toilet is neglected, the water in the trap or U-bend will eventually evaporate, essentially opening the door for rats from the sewer to enter the building!
It seems common sense to us that a rat would never intentionally dive into water without knowing where it might end up. We have seen rats on the TV being shown to do this, but in real life and in thousands of properties, we have yet to see it!
CCTV Drain Camera Surveys
CCTV Drain Camera Surveys in Bristol, are vital to understanding why rodents are inside cavity walls, ceilings, or even beneath your floors. In most cases where rodent activity is heard but not seen, drain problems could be the cause.
Drain repairs can be difficult and expensive to fix, but we can guide you through this process and provide an in-house drain repair service.
High-Tech camera technology allows us to look into your drains and discover any possible entry points that rats may be using. With over 90% of rat ingress originating in your drains, CCTV gives you a chance to solve rat issues forever.