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Rat Control and Pest Controllers

Its widely acknowledged that the rat population is on the increase due to several factors including the climate, their increasing resistance to poisons and the fact that many water companies and local authorities have cut back on sewer baiting contracts.

The cases of rat activity within properties is also on the increase as our adventurous fury friends find long established defective or poorly installed drainage systems that give them direct access beneath or adjacent to house floors and foundations.

Clearly the first phone call any hapless home owner will make after seeing evidence of rat activity or on hearing scratching noises in the walls or ceiling will be to a pest control contractor, and rightly so but how many pest control contractors are delivering a satisfactory service.

Any pest control contractor worthy of the title will look around the property for any obvious signs of access prior to laying bait or rat traps, if there are no signs of external entry and the rat ingress continues over several weeks or months surely pest control contractors should be steering the property owner towards a drain camera inspection.

It is estimated that 90% of rat ingress to properties is due to defective drainage systems yet we are contacted at on a weekly basis by people who have suffered months if not years of rat problems but have never been advised  to have the drains inspected.

There are certainly many pest control contractors who work with drainage companies in order to resolve a rat ingress problem as quickly as possible for the home owner, sadly though there are just as many who are happy to return to a property month after month rather than take the investigations to the next level.

Rather worryingly there was a recent post on Twitter by probably the UKs biggest pest control company giving their top ten tips to prevent rat ingress to properties,  there was not one mention of a defective drainage system or a drain camera inspection in the entire article.

Read more here on rat ingress to properties and how to prevent or cure it


Sydney plagued by new breed of ‘super rats’ immune to poison


A new breed of “super rats” immune to poison and too smart to get caught in traps has invaded Sydney.

Dirtier than cockroaches and more voracious than mice, rats are set to become the city’s most-hated pest this winter. Because rats have been baited ever since they arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, they have now become impervious to most commercially available poisons.

And it gets worse — they are also canny enough to steal food from traditional snap traps without getting caught.

Australian Museum naturalist Martin Robinson said, “A lot of suburban rats have been baited for as long as Sydney has been settled, so many populations have become immune to those baits. One of the interesting things is that when they become immune to the bait, they can actually become addicted to it.”

So, how to defeat a legion of super smart rodents buzzing on an overdose of rodenticides? Bacon and fuse wire.

Robinson said bacon rind and other strong-smelling food sources like anchovies were perfect to lure a rat to a trap, while tying the bait down with fuse wire ensured the rodents did not get away without springing the catch.

Two species of rat inhabit Sydney homes — the ground-dwelling sewer rat and the roof rat, which as the name suggests is a much better climber and tends to nest in roof cavities.

Read more: The Daily Telegraph

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