Rat Numbers Increase Nationwide
In recent months, there has been an increase in the size of the rat population not only here in Galway, but also in Ireland as a whole. A recent online publication has stated that Trinity College Dublin have forked out €28,000 over the past 24 months in an attempt to control the ever-growing rat population on campus. Similarly, it has been noted that there has been an overall increase in the number of rat sightings on a national level. One of the potential explanations for this rise is a direct result of the impact of the Covid19 pandemic. Due to the forced closure of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, rats have been forced to find alternative food sources. Unfortunately for many of us, this means rats look to our homes and businesses as a source of food. As well as this, vacant cafes and restaurants also provide pests such as rats and mice with a warm, sheltered environment in which they can live uninterrupted.
Rats bring with them a number of health and safety hazards and concerns for both homeowners and business owners. Not only do rats carry with them various harmful diseases, but they also have a nasty habit of chewing through things such as wires which can have a costly impact on your home or business. In the case of businesses, as well as structural damage, rats and mice can also have an impact on the reputation of your business. As a result, it is extremely important to stay vigilant when it comes to rats on your premises.
What are the signs of Rat Infestation?
There are a few key things to look out for here.
- Rat Droppings: If you notice a clustered build up of small, brown droppings in your home or business, then this could be a telltale sign of rats.
- Gnaw Marks: Rats love to chew things. If you notice any marks or wear on wires or cabling, then rats could be the culprit.
- Rat Holes: In order to provide themselves with shelter, rats love to dig holes and burrow.
- Scratching Noises: If you hear strange, scratching like noises in your roofs or attic at night, then rats could be the potential culprit.
Where do rats live?
Rats love to live out of sight, in quiet places where they will not be disturbed unexpectedly. These quiet places include attics, storage spaces, as well as behind household appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, cookers and stoves. Places such as these are also the most common places in which signs of a rat infestation are likely to be seen. Rats also live in outdoor places such as sheds, garages and below decking or patio areas.
I’ve seen a Rat – What should I do next?
Getting rid of rats is a task none of us ever want to be faced with. However, if you feel you may be living with uninvited guests, then it may be time to get in touch with us here at Galway Pest Services. We are the experts when it comes to providing quick, cost effective pest control solutions for both your home and business.