There are many different ways to deal with a rat infestation. There are various traps on the market but they only address the individual and will not prove effective with a large infestation. Could rodent proofing be the answer?
Rats tend to be wary of unknown objects in their established routes. This is known as neophobia, rendering many traps initially ineffective. Using poison has its drawbacks as well. Not to mention being dangerous for children and pets. When it works, there is still the problem of the rats hiding themselves away. This can fill the area with a bad odour of dead rat. Also there is the problem of immunity in some areas. Generations of rats can build up certain immunities to poisons over a period of time.
How To Know If Your Building Needs Rodent Proofing
The most obvious sign of a rat infestation is the presence of living rats. Both by sight or hearing them in the roof space or walls. Rats are secretive and prefer to hide and nocturnal by choice. So if rats are observed in plain sight, it is likely that a full-blown infestation exists. When space becomes limited due to increased population, rats are forced out into the open. This is also the case when there is a large population and the rats are competing for food source. Rat droppings may be present, indicating a healthy; feeding rat population but you will not always see them as they drop where they are comfortable doing so out of danger.
If you find that rats are a common occurrence in your commercial building, this may be a sign that you need to call a professional for rat or mouse removal. Rodent proofing is the first step of rodent pest control and can really reduce the amount of infestations which occur often in commercial buildings.