Rats are creatures of habit

Double take! Residential Rat Control

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Many times when we are called out to deal with rodent infestations a similar pattern emerges. The client suffers an electrical failure or a flood and calls in the electrician or plumber. The tradesman carries out the required repairs and all is returned to normal.

However, when dealing with adult rats it important to remember that they are a creature of habit. And so it was with a case that our technician Lee attended in Swindon recently. The homeowner had filled the sink in the kitchen, cleaned the dirty plates and pulled the plug out to drain the dirty water. Before much longer she was standing in water as it cascaded out of the cupboard below the sink! Out goes the call to the plumber who identified a chewed out pipe and duly fitted a replacement.

As I expect you can see in the picture to the left, there is a substantial hole which rats have used to access the wall cavity and associated staining, known as smear marks. unfortunately, the pipe then passes through the inner wall into the kitchen sink pedestal where a much smaller gap existed. Not deterred by this the rats eat away the pipework to gain access into the kitchen.

Twenty four hours later the homeowner filled the sink, washed the plates, pulled the plug and got wet feet. As you can see, the rats have beautifully replicated the original damage to the pipework. The moral of this little story is to get in a pest controller before the plumber next time.

By |June 6th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

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  1. Alex M November 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    After spending months and wasting money on things like sonic deterrents and traps to get rid off rats in the loft, we decided to call Prokill
    Justin came out within an hour that day, within 10mins he had located how the pests were getting in and blocked their run into the house.
    Great service, thanks Justin

  2. Penny August 16, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Brilliant service. Justin was with us in a few hours and located the problem with the rats. Was only interested in solving the reason why we were getting them rather than just leaving bait which has not solved the problem in the past. He spent a considerable amount of time late Friday afternoon with his arm down a deep drain dealing with this! Would thoroughly recommend him

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