Recently, our pest control team arrived in Birkenhead on the Wirral to find a large rat infestation had taken over a property. Birkenhead has suffered problems with rats for some time due to the construction of new buildings.
Places to look for rats in your property in Birkenhead and Wirral
Rats enjoy foraging. They are constantly on the lookout for food or a water source. Consequently, gardens and yards may well be the rat’s first port of call. Accordingly, waste should always be placed into wheelie bins to limit rat access. In addition, any items that could be filled with rain water should be turned upside down or removed.
Our pest control technicians are fully trained to identify where rats are living.
Rats living in outbuildings and under sheds in Birkenhead and Wirral
Check for signs of holes or rat runs leading under foundations, also gnawing of any timber. Empty snail shells can also be an indicator that rats have made a home in your property.
How do rats get into your property in Birkenhead and Wirral?
Once the temperature drops, rats will try to find a way to gain access into your property. Our Birkenhead pest control team are specialists in finding these rat hot spots.
- Defects in drains may be an issue. For example, rats can chew through newly fitted flexible soil pipes behind toilets. Moreover, a rat’s incisor teeth can exert a pressure of 7,000psi. They can produce up to six bites per second.
- Broken air bricks are also a popular entry point for rats. This will provide them with full access in to your property’s void space. Once under the void, rats will find many locations to gain access into your home.
- Rats can climb into drain pipes. Furthermore, they can use the drainpipe as an access point into your house.
- Rat claws are sharp and they help the rat to climb walls. Once they reach the top of the wall, the rats will have full access under roof tiles. The rat’s sharp teeth means that they can chew through soffits.
- Rats can move from house to house. They move freely between lofts or cavity walls.
The types of rats found in Birkenhead and Wirral
The Norway rat (Rattus Norvegicus) is believed to be of Asian origin. Today, Norway rats are found throughout the world. Although they have poor vision, they are capable of running, climbing, jumping and swimming. Norway rats cause damage to properties and structures through their ability to gnaw.
Ship Rats in Birkenhead and Wirral
The Ship Rat/Black Rat (Rattus rattus) is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia. Black rat remains had been discovered in Roman deposits in London and York. They may have arrived as early as 2000 years ago via developing trade routes.
The ship rat population may increase exponentially if conditions are right. They can also adapt to a wide range of habitats. They are found in residential buildings, warehouses and other settlements. This type of rat may also be found agricultural areas.
Black rats are excellent climbers. As a result, they are commonly found in wall cavities and roof spaces. Nests are constructed from shredded material.
Pest control service treatment for rats found in Birkenhead and Wirral
Your local Pest Control team will provide you with a full site survey. Our technicians will identify the level of pest activity around your property. All our Pest Control treatments are safe for you and your family.