Spotted the signs of a Rat problem? Contact your local Prokill expert, call us on 0800 328 9354
Being aware of the signs of rats can help you to identify a problem quickly and with a bit of luck, prevent a full-blown infestation. We highlight the signs that you need to look out for so that you know when you are dealing with have rats in your home or business premises.
You may even notice the signs of a rat infestation presence before you even see a rat.
The many signs of a rat infestation include:
• Dark Brown droppings 1-2cm long
• Rub marks around the house
• Food missing
• Strange musky smell
• Damaged water pipes
• Electrical problems
If you think you may have rats in your home but can’t seem to find any, below are some of the most common places they like to hide.
Underneath The House - If you notice an area of subsidence (caving in or sinking of land) around your property, this could be a sign that you have rodents burrowing underneath your home. If this is the case, please get it checked out by a professional and do not seal up the burrows and hope the problem will go away. Subsidence can also be caused by water erosion.
In The Loft - Dark, quiet, plenty of insulation to eat and very isolated, lofts make the ideal home for rodents. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that there’s no way anything could possibly get into the loft – rats while not great climbers, can still easily sneak in by climbing up walls or squeezing through holes.
Inside Walls - Rodents are actually very intelligent creatures and will, therefore, find all sorts of weird and wonderful places to hide. If you’ve noticed scratching noises coming from the walls which are even more noticeable at night, you will almost certainly have an infestation. You may be tempted to leave them be as they’re not bothering you when they’re out of sight but rats and mice love to chew on electrical wires.
Within A Freezer - You may think that because one of the main reasons rats seek shelter in our homes is to stay warm, that the one area of your house that would be safe is the freezer. If the many years we have worked in this profession has taught us anything, however, it’s that rodents will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Within The Kitchen - This is an incredibly unpleasant thought but kitchens are another common place to find mice because there are of course plenty of food sources here. Make sure you check behind all your appliances because these creatures can very easily squeeze into gaps behind fridges, freezers and cookers. If you have any cupboards you don’t open very often they could even brazenly be lurking in there too.
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