Well to be honest the opening line is 100% correct, the rats aren’t actually on the move but we are
seeing a lot more call outs to rat problems within gardens.
This is for several reasons but the sudden change in weather is the biggest factor. Not from the
rodents point of view but from ours. We are simply spending more time in our gardens and the
rats that moved in during the winter can now be easily spotted.
It starts when the temperature goes above 15 degrees (not science just observation). The ground
dries out and its time to then cut the grass and make our lawn neat and tidy again.
This does two things:
1. Exposes any burrows hidden away.
2. Makes spotting the rats much easier as they scurry across the grass.
We all start feeding the birds more during this time. As a nation we love having song birds in our
gardens. But be warned, laying down seeds, fats and grains for our feathered friends can be a
reliable food source for garden dwelling rats.
Rat problems across London are on the up. From Chiswick to Clapham and Dulwich to Dartford
our gardens are playing host.
Here are things to watch out for:
– one large rat you repeatedly see for several days and then nothing. This could be a pregnant
female hoarding food before giving birth. 6 weeks later you may then say rats large and small
once the juvenile rodents have left the nest.
– 8-12cm holes in the garden. Usually around the edges and quite often clustered together.
– Trodden lines in the grass, especially in the morning. Rats will use the same route over and
– Over filling the bird table. Keep bird food to a minimal and remove it each evening before
placing it back out in the early morning. (certainly do this if you have a rat problem).
Speed is paramount in dealing with rat infestations.
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I hope that helps,