Rats are a serious health risk if they can reach the inside of your house and if you’re unlucky enough to have this problem then we strongly advise on proofing.
Did You Know?
- If you see a rat in your garden, it is quite possible that your house is safe (no guarantee though). Rather than baiting, make your garden or the surrounding area less hospitable to them.
- Most rats that you’ll find have originated from the sewers. Check to make sure there are no missing or displaced manhole covers.
- If you place a trap for a rat then you may end up attracting rats to an area. Check for evidence of rat movement and place traps there.
- If you have only seen a rat, every now and then, running across the garden there is no need to take action. However do monitor the situation.
- If you see a rat running into a hole in your garden, then place water resistant bait in the hole and block entry to it. Check if the bait has been taken or if the hole has been reopened.
- If you hear rats within your walls then seek advice from a professional.
- Check if there are misplaced or missing manhole covers as this could be a source of your rat problem.
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Unfortunately the presence of rats may not be due to a single reason but to many and therefore taking measures in a specific area may not solve the problem and can be very expensive.
Simply placing bait won’t stop rats entering your home. However you will make sure that they do not thrive and will limit the chance of rats causing damage to electrical wiring.
Its for this reason that a combined baiting and rat proofing strategy is required as health implications of rats infesting a home are dire.
When rats are spotted its important to take steps to remedy the problem and to stop it building up, by talking to a professional. Rushing to implement a drastic measure could be both expensive and inefficient.
Rat Problems Can Be Due To…
A rat infestation in your home may be due to an issue between any or all of the followings:
- A fault in the main sewers
- A fault in the domestic sewage system
- A broken pipe or a missing element
- An infested outside space or outbuilding
- A breach into the void space of your house
- A breach into the living space of your home
- Initial call out from the client
- Bait and provide advice regarding rat infestation
- Discuss the best course of action (CCTV, Proofing, Drain Work)
- Carry out Rat Proofing with 1 year guaranty
- A Drain specialist to check for missing rodding and to replace damaged pipe work
We work on the premise that we’ll take the simplest – and least expensive – action first in order to save you money. If that doesn’t solve the problem then we’ll escalate to the next level and so on until your infestation is a thing of the past.
Treatment includes up to 2 visits within 3 months. The proofing can be contracted separately any time after the initial treatment visit within 6 months. Proofing is required whenever rats have a direct access into the living space and more so in the kitchen. The standard to which the proofing is carried out is the same as for mice. Occasionally some proofing can also take place outdoors.
The number of bedrooms does not necessarily affect the Proofing quote since much of the work takes place in the kitchen and bathrooms. The operative will confirm the quote during the initial treatment visit.
The charge for the Proofing will therefore mainly depend on the kitchen design, on the quality of the fitting, and the quality of the flooring.
There are instances when mouse proofing is not appropriate and that a refurbishment/builder job is called for.
Rodent proofing involves blocking of gaps large enough for rodents to enter throughout the property. We also block all gaps at kitchen unit levels as well as other gaps around the pipework, walls and floors. We guarantee our mouse proofing for 1 year in residential properties. In commercial properties we will have a pest control contract in place through which we will maintain the proofing.
1) In average, a proofing job in a 2-3 bed property takes 3-4 hours.
2) Most of the work takes place at kitchen level, mainly at kitchen units level and at the back of the domestic appliances.
3) Rodents come from the void spaces (within the walls, underneath the floor boards) and intrude into the living space using gaps and holes around pipework, at wall level and at floor level.
4) Even though you carry out the proofing you may still have rats within the void space and here them occasionally. Proofing is only designed to keep them out of the living space.
5) It may also be appropriate to have some drain work carried out, such as fitting a 1 way valve at inspection chamber level, or have the rodding eye cap replaced when missing. You will need to contact a specialised contractor such as Dyno-Rod.
6) There is a 1 year guaranty on the proofing. The guaranty does not cover for third party damage. When changing an electric appliance you may have to remove some of the proofing. If so ask the contractor to replace it as it was or call us in. We may charge you a small fee in line with the extent of the damage (ie £59+vat) to repair it.
7) The materials we use are mainly board, mesh, steelwool, sealant, timber. When appropriate we may use other type of materials. We do not use expanding foam as a proofing material as it can be chewed through it and it is messy.
The work specifications will depend on the special requirements of the client, and/or the nature and difficulty linked to the premises and level of rodent activity. Most of the proofing jobs in residential and commercial premises are carried out to standard specifications. However there are a small percentage of properties (mostly commercial) that require Heavy Duty proofing (hardwood) which involves much more time and materials to complete and therefore are much more expensive. Also there are some premises/clients that require the use of alternative materials for Health&Safety, Fire Safety or aesthetic purposes.
We count as a residential unit any self contained 1-4 bed home with 1 kitchen and 1 bathroom. In case of commercial properties, the treatment charge will depend on the characteristic of the premises (number of floors, the number of staff kitchens, layout and size) and a quote will be provided.
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