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The common rat is considered a pest because of its adverse effects upon human populations. The most important of these is the ability to transmit diseases to man and livestock as well as the economic damage it causes to foodstuffs and structures.
Rat infestation in a building poses a risk as they are capable of gnawing through pipes and electrical wires, and can also damage the actual building and drainage systems.
Danger signs of a rodent problem
- Common Rat droppings are on average 12mm (1/2 inch) long, and are typically described as ‘spindle shaped’; that is, tapering to a point at one or both ends.
- House mouse droppings are much smaller, 3-7mm in length
- Common rats produce about 40 droppings each day and house mice about 80
- Indoor Smears – grease marks from the rodent’s body as they repeatedly brush up against objects. Outdoors the runs can appear as continuous depressions in grass or eventually as well- worn pathways of bare trampled earth.
- Nesting material — shredded insulation, paper, cardboard, plastics, etc.
Potential harm from rodents
- Rodents spread disease such as – Weils disease (leptospiral jaundice), Salmonellosis, rat bite fever, Lymphocytic choriomeningitits and murine typus.
- Damage to stock and buildings. Rodent’s sharp teeth can gnaw through cables, plastic, wooden doors and even mild steel.
- Contamination of foodstuffs and goods. Filth – droppings, hairs and urine found in food stuffs. The cost of cleaning and repackaging commodities.
Threats from rats and rodents
- Legal — failure to comply with legislation, including Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and Food Safety Act (1990).
- Damage — to goods, foodstuffs and your health and hygiene reputation. Any Pest Control issues will have a negative effect on your restaurant food hygiene rating.
- Environmental Heath Cost — can be considerable. Temporary business closure may be necessary.
- Bad press and media coverage
- Fire risk and structural damage leading to expensive repairs bills.
To see why rats, mice and other rodents are such a pest to control in Brighton, take a look at this page. You’ll learn a bit more about the different types of rodent, the different types of diseases they spread, and how to control a rodent pest problem.
Sussex Environmental Pest Solutions can now offer their customers a stainless steel one-way valve which prevents rats from entering buildings via the sewer system, while allowing the free flow of waste in the other direction.
Many domestic and commercial properties have a straight-through system fitted to the main sewer. This means rats can easily enter a properties drainage system causing damage, blocked drains and a hazard to health. Once in the drainage system, rodents can easily enter cavity walls, roof spaces and underneath the floorboards of a property.
The one-way valve provides a long term solution to this problem. It is an environmentally friendly device, with no need for any pesticides, and is extremely cost-effective. The one-way valve has been designed to make it impossible for rats to pass through the blocker, while fragments from toilet flush flow through with no problem.
Often pest control companies will treat a rat problem by removing the rodent itself but will not identify the source of the problem. At Sussex EPS we believe in long term prevention and not short term means of control.
Sussex EPS are experts in delivering long term solutions for rat infestations. Therefore we carry out all types of defective drainage works caused by rats, including:
- unblocking drains
- drain camera surveys to find points of access
- fitting missing rod and eye caps
- fitting stainless steel one-way valves
How the “one way valve” rat blocker works?