RATS IN DRAINS
Rat infestation inside our homes is a real-life nightmare, but there are solutions to this nightmarish problem. You’ll need to gather some evidence, though before concluding that there are indeed rats living in your drains. Once done, you can address the problem. Below are some of the common signs of a rat infestation in your drain:
- Dark pellets; rat dropping;
- Gnawed holes in walls, doors, bins, and more;
- Scampering and scratching sounds that seem to emanate from floorboards or ceilings.
Rats can go up and down the drains. Rats are super flexible when it comes to squeezing into tight corners and pipes.
Why do rats love drains?
Rats are heavily dependent on water and food. Food and water are abundant in houses, and with that in mind, that where they’ll likely reside. Also, they like water and being around it. Your drain is the perfect damp spot for rats. Considering the huge number of rats living in the United Kingdom, a rat infestation on drains is not impossible to happen. But there are ways of decreasing the risk of your house getting an unwanted infestation.
Things to do in order to stop a rat infestation on drains
- Secure your garbage’s lid. Don’t be messy with your food debris in the kitchen. Clean them up right after you eat;
- Maintain the cleanliness of your garden. Declutter the areas where rats usually like to burrow;
- Investigate for openings outside and inside your home. Seal them all;
- Install rat blockers on drains to trap rats;
- Seal gaps underneath doors.
Rat blocker installation
One of the best ways of preventing rats from coming back to your property is the installation of a rat blocker inside your drainage system’s pipes. Rat blockers are state of the art non-return valves with a single flap which traps rats and prevents them from entering the vicinity of your own home.
A rat blocker allows rats to go out of your property but not go back in. Rats would go for the easiest route where they could get access to food and water. Upon rat blocker installation, rats can’t go in because it’s blocked but make no mistake because they’ll always try to find ways to go in. So better seal up all your drain openings with a rat blocker.
Experts from a pest control agency often install rat blockers. You shouldn’t do it yourself except if you legitimately know how to. Better leave the investigation and installation to the abled hands of specialists.
Other things specialists do to prevent rats from entering your drains
- They’ll locate the inspection chamber outside your property.
- They’ll note the number of pipes going inside your house.
- They’ll check which pipes attach to your own by flushing the toilets and seeing where the water rushes.
- They’ll measure the size of the pipes that your special friends go into. They’ll refer to you the right-sized rat blocker for your pipes.
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