Preventing rats on your land or property
Ensure any land or property that you are responsible for does not become infested through misuse or neglect. Vacant sites need to be protected against fly tipping and undergrowth should not become overgrowth! Old sewer connections should also be properly sealed over and drains periodically checked that they remain in good repair. Buildings need to be protected against vermin. Even small holes or gaps around pipes through walls provide entry opportunities. Also gaps under doors, broken airbricks and windows provide easy access. Rats can climb so check up as well as down.
Preventing rats in public places
Avoid littering, especially takeaway foods. Not only is this unsightly and potentially harmful, it also encourages rats. Unwanted food scraps, empty containers and wrapping should be disposed of in litter bins or else taken home for disposal.
Feeding birds in public open spaces is not recommended as, apart from the nuisance created by seagull droppings, rats are likely to be encouraged as well.
Unwanted household furniture, carpets, mattresses and appliances apart from spoiling the outlook, also provide shelter and accommodation for rats. If you wish to dispose of bulky items please contact one of the local carriers.
Non-Professional Use of Rodenticides
Certain rodenticides are available over the counter for those wishing to carry out treatment themselves. However, extreme caution is necessary when using poisons in the open or indoors.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly provide the same service as for rats for infestations of mice.
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