There’s nothing worse than heading to bed early to get a lovely night’s sleep only to be woken up at various times throughout the night by the sound of scurrying feet, thumping tails and snuffly squeaking noises above your head. It’s hardly conducive to excellent rest, is it?
Unfortunately, if this does sound like a similar story to you and if you are, indeed, sleep deprived right now, it seems that you may well have a family of rats living in your ceiling.
Rats are nocturnal, which means that they sleep during the day and are at their most active at dawn and dusk, as well as during the night… which is bad news for anyone who needs their beauty rest.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel and there are ways in which you can prevent rats from setting up shop in the eaves in the first place, as well as getting rid of the little pests if they do become problematic for you.
To stop them from finding nice places to make a nest, make sure that any visible openings you can find are properly sealed using something like mesh, air brick covers or expanding foam. Temptation is also key where rats are concerned, so make sure that any and all bins are properly secured and that no food is left out so they’re not attracted to your home.
Going around the outside of the property can also help deter rats. Clear any rubbish you have near buildings and ensure that vegetation, shrubs and trees are well looked after to reduce the number of hiding places they have.
You do have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act to ensure that your home is kept free from rats and mice. If you do think you have an infestation, get in touch with us today to book an appointment with our rat exterminator.