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That’s in the garden are a serious problem these disease-carrying vermin can spread serious diseases which can lead to Vile’s disease three ways to spot There are two common rats in our gardens. The brown rat the largest in the UK weighing over half a kilo and measuring around 23cm not including its tail. Look out for its blunt muzzle a tail which is shorter than its body and small furry ears. The black rat who weighs half as much and is shorter, spot its muzzle, large hairless ears, and a tail which is longer than its body.
To spot rats look for nesting areas under rubbish timber and drain pipes. Also check on the decking and in your sheds, greenhouses and other garden buildings. You may also be able to hear their activity they come out to feed at night so you won’t necessarily ever see them in the daytime. If you do it probably means they have run out of food and are getting desperate.
Rats need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They will chew through wires and pipes causing costly damages to your woodwork, plastic, bricks and lead pipes and will strip insulation from electrical cables. They eat most root vegetables including carrots, parsnips, beetroots and potatoes. As well as seeds and fruits seen by parallel grooves. keeping the grass cut short clearing cluttered storage areas removing rubbish and minimising the overgrown areas of your garden especially near fences and garden buildings will prevent rats finding an In order for rats to not get too comfortable in the garden you should try to move things around frequently.
Rats are neophobic which means they have a fear of new things. They don’t like disruption to their territory so position obstacles in their runs and move garden furniture around. Unlike mice rats can’t survive without water, removing water sources from your garden, securing drains and adding baffles to drain pipes will cause the routes to lose their water supply meaning they are more likely to move somewhere else.
Designed to kill rodents instantly with a spring release mechanism. It is triggered when the rodent steps on the trap or takes some food bait. These discharge a high-voltage shock when a rat walks on metal plates inside a containment box. They are an expensive method and not all can be used outdoors. Usually a small cage with a trigger mechanism to enclose the rodent when it pulls on the bait.
Used to disperse rats ultrasound devices emit sound at frequencies beyond the range of human hearing. Rats and mice experience high volume ultrasound which can repel them without affecting humans. Ultrasound, however, dissipates quickly with distance and is blocked by objects that create shadows. There are a number of ways you can control rats. Traps and poisons are sold at garden centres but must be used correctly. It is often better to contact your local council or professional pest controller to deal with rats effectively.