PestWatch November 

Other than watching the fireworks what pests do you need to look out for in November? 
More pest of the year than pest of the month, the Common Rat has been causing both homeowners and businesses problems since Lockdown began, this has become a UK wide issue with the media reporting on the issue throughout the pandemic. 
Pest Control Squirrels
Rattus Norvegicus the Brown Rat is the most common type of rat species in the UK, although we do still have Rattus Rattus the Black Rat although they are generally seen in ports today, their numbers have declined in the UK over the years. 
There are very few people that like rats and even less that would want sewer rats moving into their home if any. 

7 long tale-tailed signs you have Rats and what to look out for 

1. Scratching & Gnawing sounds from under floorboards & inside the wall cavity 
2. Droppings in the kitchen, loft and outside close to the building 
3. Disturbed earth & stone (Rat diggings) with a hole going under the building 
4. Black smear marks around a hole or gap, this is were many rats are entering 
5. Chewed food packaging or pet food is being eaten in the cupboard 
6. Broken air bricks 
7. Look out for gnawing to door frames, electrical cabling and pipes 
What do Rat Droppings look like
Rat Droppings 
Rats in the walls
We can get to them in the walls & ceiling 
Rat chewed through wires
Rats chewing Wires 

How to get rid of Rats? 

Depending on the situation we will use humane spring traps or poison bait, bait is often the most effective form of control for homes that already have rats in the property. This must be followed up with proofing works to prevent the rodents from reusing the same route. 
This is why during the first visit of any rodent job we carry out a visual survey of the inside and outside areas to try and ascertain where the rodents are entering from, then we can then plan on how best to remove rats from your property. 

5 ways to stop Rats getting in... 

• Seal – up all gaps around pipework, window & door frames, rats only need a gap of 15mm 
• Repair – damaged air bricks & any holes in the brickwork leftover from removed pipes 
• Tidy – up & remove as many harbourage areas as possible, especially around the building 
• Remove – natural foods from your garden I.e fall fruit and around the bird feeder 
• Food waste – always double bag food waste before putting in the outside bin 

Rat Facts: Brown rats are capable of a non-stop doggy paddle for 72 hours! 

Fact File: 
1. Rats can hold their breath underwater for 3 minutes 
2. Rats incisors never stop growing so they constantly gnaw to keep them in check 
3. A pair of brown rats could produce up to 200 babies & 2000 descendants within 12 months 
4. One rat can produce 25,000 droppings a year 
5. The muscles of a rats jaw can apply up to 12 tons! Of pressure per square inch 

Other Pests to watch out for in November 

1. Mice: 
Like rats, they start to become a problem from November through to the end of February. The cold, lack of natural food and cover from predators this time of year drive them in, to find a warm and safe environment. 
Unfortunately, they tend to get everywhere as does their droppings and urine, alongside rats mice are a carrier and spreader of salmonella. 
2. Squirrels 
Our pest of the month last month, they are very much still active and continue to be so until April, when they will move back outside as the temperatures start to rise. 
Out of all the rodents, we find squirrels to cause the most damage in a short space of time. 
If you think you have squirrels in the loft call a professional pest control company such us Area Pest Control. 
If you have any pest problems and need our help then we can help even during the lockdown as we are now officially a key service 
Call Area Pest Control on 0333 200 1622 Prefer to send an email, 
Look out for Octobers edition of PestWatch with more useful guidance on what to look out for. 
Stay Safe 
Dan – The Pest Man 
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