Emris Services are trained in various methods of rodent control and we have developed a range of techniques and approaches to deal with a rat infestation for the domestic and commercial customer.
An extensive survey and knowing how much, where, and when to deploy products is where we are able to take control of situations efficiently. We always take an integrated pest management approach to tackling your infestation.
We can use monitoring equipment, such as field cameras, to confirm entry points into your property, the size of the infestation and track the rat to its nest.
We can then recommend a proofing strategy and decide on the best course of action in terms of control; this could be traps, rodenticides or a combination of both.
Rats can carry many nasty diseases, which can spread to humans, normally through rats’ urine or body coming into contact with food preparation areas.
- Leptospirosis (often referred to as Weil's disease)
- Toxoplasma gondii
The problems associated with rats are not just limited to public health. They also have a knack for causing structural damage.
Rats have to gnaw in order to keep their teeth in shape, and they’re not shy about what they gnaw on.
Common ‘gnaw-spots’ include the sheathing around electrical cables, which present a significant fire risk, and pipes, which is likely to result in leaks, both water and gas.
Cinderblock, wood, glass, metal, bone - rats’ teeth will take on pretty much any challenge, which is why they can cause untold damage to both homes, businesses and the occasional finger.
Flooding from gnawed pipes and electrical fires from chewed wires may be associated with rat infestations.
As an adult the average rat can weigh between 12 -16 oz, with a body length of 6-8 inches. Their noses are blunt with small ears and small eyes. Rat fur is shaggy and coarse with variation in colours. The tail is shorter than the head and body combined and is quite scaly.
Rat’s droppings are 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length and are of a capsule shape with blunt ends. They are usually a shiny black but may vary according to their diets.
Rats will leave a hind foot track of about an inch where a mouse’s track measure’s 3/8 of an inch or less. Rats will also drag their tails, leaving a mark between their feet tracks. Unscented baby powder or flour, lightly sprinkled, can help you determine tracks and their runways as they cross suspected areas.
Holes that rats have gnawed will usually be about 2 inches or more in diameter with rough edges. Rats prefer to gnaw on wood but can gnaw through almost anything, damaging electrical wiring or plumbing.
Rat burrows can usually be found along foundations, beneath rubbish and underneath shrubbery. If the burrow is active it usually clear of vegetation. Rat runways are smooth and well packed. Indoors, these runways are free of dust and dirt.