London Rat Control
Are you in need of Rat Control services in London?
Our London based expert rat exterminators are on hand ready to tackle your infestation professionally, efficiently and safely.
Rats eat approximately 25-30g of food per day and unfortunately contaminate anything with which they come into contact. Their droppings, urine and hair can carry diseases and parasites harmful to humans and animals. These include, although are certainly not limited to:
- Weil’s Disease
There are various ways of controlling rats. Prevention is indeed the first available measure. Rats need food water and shelter in their chosen abodes and if only just one of these variables is denied to them then you will find you will significantly reduce your chances of a rat infestation.
However, we also understand that despite these precautions, rat infestations may still occur and further control methods may be implemented.
When controlling your pest problem, we will employ a number of composite methods. Firstly, we will likely use first generation rodenticides such as Warfarin, Chlorophacinone or more toxic compounds such as Difenacoum or Bromadiolone where the rat population’s resistance to the toxins is evident. Many of these materials may only be used by a licensed exterminator. Significant deduction in your property’s rat infestation will become evident in 2-4 weeks.
Rats are inherently wary of new food sources. With this knowledge in mind, London Rodent Control exterminators use rodenticides that take several days to take effect on the animal, meaning that the rats become confident in eating intended bait. As with mice, cellulose-based products that inhibit the vermin’s water consumption is also available.
Rat Treatment Process & Disposal
Despite being intensely territorial, rats nonetheless have the ability to live anywhere in a property in which they feel secure. We will ensure (from data gathered in our initial survey of your home) to treat all identified areas of rat activity in your property. We will monitor and increase bait throughout the treatment period and will dispose of rat carcasses accordingly. We endeavour to dispose of all spent bait and carcasses in line with Environmental Agency Protocol (whether this involves incineration, landfill or regular waste disposal method – all three options are subject to local authority agreement of which London Rodent Control operatives will be aware). When using rodenticides, London Rodent Control works within a rigorous code of practice to ensure that we limit the exposure in non-target species to the toxins we handle.
Indeed, as an ethical company, London Rodent Control is sensible of the risk that rodenticide residues pose to scavenging wildlife that may prey upon poisoned rats. With this in mind, London Rodent Control carries out frequent checks for rodent carcasses both during and after treatment. Rats have been known to die up to 100m away from any baited site meanwhile the smell and risk of further pest problems due to the carcass’ decomposition render multiple body checks paramount.
Moreover, rat populations are beginning to exhibit resistance in various parts of the country and London Rodent Control has adjusted its treatments in light of this development. Where resistance has been identified, London Rodent Control will use tested compounds such as Brodifacoum and Flocoumafen – each of which have no recorded resistance in the animals – to treat problem properties.
Cage, spring and break-back traps may also be used as a disposal method where resistance to rodenticide has been established. In the use of both tactics we will check the traps twice daily and dispatch of the rodents humanely to avoid any unnecessary suffering. We are obliged under the Spring Traps Approval Order of 1995 to use spring traps that adhere to animal welfare guidelines set out in the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.
If we identify rat burrows outside of your premises, then gassing may also be a viable option in significantly reducing your rodent infestation. London Rodent Control uses aluminium phosphide pellets which, when sealed in the animal’s underground burrows and detonated, forms phosphide gas as it makes contact with air. The initial fumigation lasts for several days before a follow-up fumigation treatment is administered.
Sticky boards may also be used as a last resort. Rest assured that London Rodent Control employ fully trained operatives to ensure that rats are dispatched humanely under such a control method.