Other than watching the fireworks what pests do you need to look out for in November?
More pest of the year than pest of the month, the Common Rat has been causing both homeowners and businesses problems since Lockdown began, this has become a UK wide issue with the media reporting on the issue throughout the pandemic.
Rattus Norvegicus the Brown Rat this is the most common type of rat species in the UK, although we do still have Rattus rattus the Black Rat they are generally seen in ports, their numbers have declined in the UK over the years. They are very few people that like rats and even less that would want sewer rats moving into their home if any.
7 long tale-tailed signs you have Rats and what to look out for
- Scratching & Gnawing sounds from under floorboards & inside the wall cavity
- Droppings in the kitchen, loft and outside close to the building
- Disturbed earth & stone (Rat diggings) with a hole going under the building
- Black smear marks around a hole or gap, this is were many rats are entering
- Chewed food packaging or pet food is being eaten in the cupboard
- Broken airbricks
- Lookout for gnawing to door frames, electrical cabling and pipes
How to get rid of Rats?
Depending on the situation we will use humane spring traps or poison bait, bait is often the most effective form of control for homes that already have rats in the property. This must be followed up with proofing works to prevent the rodents from reusing the same route.
This is why during the first visit of any rodent job we carry out a visual survey of the inside and outside areas to try and ascertain where the rodents are entering from, then we can then plan on how best to remove rats from your property.
5 ways to stop Rats getting in…
- Seal – up all gaps around pipework, window & door frames, rats only need a gap of 15mm
- Repair – damaged airbricks & any holes in the brickwork leftover from removed pipes
- Tidy – up & remove as many harbourage areas as possible, especially around the building
- Remove – natural foods from your garden i.e fall fruit and around the birdfeeder
- Food waste – always double bag food waste before putting in the outside bin
Brown rats are capable of a non-stop doggy paddle for 72 hours!
- Rats can hold their breath underwater for 3 minutes
- Rats incisors never stop growing so they constantly gnaw to keep them in check
- A pair of brown rats could produce up to 200 babies & 2000 descendants within 12 months
- One rat can produce 25,000 droppings a year
- The muscles of a rats jaw can apply up to 12 tons! Of pressure per square inch
Other Pests to watch out for in November
Like rats, they start to become a problem from November through to the end of February. The cold, lack of natural food and cover from predators this time of year drive them in, to find a warm and safe environment.
Unfortunately, they tend to get everywhere as does their droppings and urine, alongside rats, mice are a carrier and spreader of salmonella.
Our pest of the month last month, they are very much still active and continue to be so until April, when they will move back outside as the temperatures start to rise.
Out of all the rodents, we find squirrels to cause the most damage in a short space of time. If you think you have squirrels in the loft call a professional pest control company such us Area Pest Control.
Look out for Octobers edition of PestWatch with more useful guidance on what to look out for.
Dan – The Pest Man