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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 www.draindomain.com 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


Woman ‘left in fear as rats invade her home’

A WOMAN was left distraught and in fear for her health after what her family said was a bungled plumbing job which led to a rat infestation in her housing association property. 

Stella Cook, 76, has been a tenant of York-based Yorkshire Housing – formerly the Ryedale Housing Association – for almost 20 years. 

She was shocked when her Flaxton cottage was overrun with the dangerous rodents after the organisation fitted a new toilet. 

A concerned relative of Mrs Cook contacted The Press to voice anger at Yorkshire Housing’s handling of the problem. 

They claimed that Mrs Cook discovered a plumber, sent by her landlords to fit the toilet, had accidentally left a drain uncovered. 

Since then, they said, she had seen several rats in almost every room in the house, including her bedroom. 

The asthma sufferer paid for pest control herself, amid claims the housing association refused to temporarily relocate her away from the one-bedroom property. 

According to the family member, who wishes to remain anonymous, the only help offered was for the agency to come and collect the dead animals once they had been poisoned – yet three rats remained at large in the bungalow. 

The relative said: “She’s frightened out of her wits. 

“They say there’s only so much they can do until the rats are dead – but they won’t consider moving her.” 

The rodents, which can spread fatal infections such as Weil’s disease, pose a health hazard. 

Mrs Cook’s family has now offered her accommodation in their own homes until the situation is resolved. 

Yorkshire Housing HomeWorks did not directly respond to the family’s claims that plumbers had left a drain cover open, and that it would not consider rehousing Mrs Cook. 

However, Phil Royales, Head of Yorkshire Housing HomeWorks said: “We regret that Mrs Cook has experienced rats in her home.

“We are aware that rats do live in the vicinity of Mrs Cook’s home and have liaised with Mrs Cook to manage the situation. 

“Yorkshire Housing Contractors have visited her home in response to calls to our Repairs Helpdesk, and advised Mrs Cook to contact Environmental Health or Pest Control to humanely catch the rats, as per our usual procedures. 

“We will continue to work with Mrs Cook to find a solution,” said Mr Royales.

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