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Rats in the garden: Advice, control and elimination

that's in the garden are a serious problem these disease-carrying vermin

can spread serious diseases which can lead to Vile's disease three ways to spot

There are two common rats in our gardens. The brown rat

the largest in the UK weighing over half a kilo and measuring around 23cm

not including its tail. Look out for its blunt muzzle a tail which is

shorter than its body and small furry ears. The black rat who weighs half as

much and is shorter, spot its muzzle, large hairless ears, and a tail which is

longer than its body.

To spot rats look for nesting areas under rubbish timber and drain pipes.

Also check on the decking and in your

sheds, green houses and other garden buildings. You may also be able to hear

their activity they come out to feed at night so you won't necessarily ever see

them in the daytime. If you do it probably means they have ran out of food

and are getting desperate.

Rats need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing

incisor teeth worn down. They will chew through wires and pipes

causing costly damages to your woodwork, plastic, bricks and lead pipes and will

strip insulation from electrical cables. They eat most root vegetables including

carrots, parsnips, beetroots and potatoes. As well as seeds and fruits seen by

parallel grooves.

keeping the grass cut short clearing cluttered storage areas

removing rubbish and minimising the overgrown areas of your garden

especially near fences and garden buildings will prevent rats finding a

In order for rats to not get too

comfortable in the garden you should try to move things around frequently. Rats

are neophobic which means they have a fear of new things. They don't like

disruption to their territory so position obstacles in their runs and

move garden furniture around.

Unlike mice rats can't survive without water, removing water sources from your

garden, securing drains and adding baffles to drain pipes will cause the

routes to lose their water supply meaning they are more likely to move

somewhere else.

Designed to kill rodents instantly with a spring release

mechanism. It is triggered when the rodent steps on the trap or takes some

food bait.

These discharge a high-voltage shock when a

rat walks on metal plates inside a containment box. They are an expensive

method and not all can be used outdoors.

Usually a small cage with a trigger mechanism to enclose the rodent when it pulls on the


Used to disperse rats ultrasound devices emit

sound at frequencies beyond the range of human hearing. Rats and mice experience

high volume ultrasound which can repel them without affecting humans. Ultrasound

however dissipates quickly with distance and is blocked by objects that create

shadows. There are a number of ways you can control rats. Traps and poisons are

sold at garden centres but must be used correctly. It is often better to contact

your local council or professional pest controller to deal with rats effectively.

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