Over the past couple of years, there has been an uptick in rats activity and population. Exactly why that is – nobody seems to know.

As these critters invade our homes we tend to panic. Seeing a mouse is one thing, seeing a rat is a whole different story and blood pressure goes up. Way up.

Many people want to take care of it themselves before calling in expert help and that is understandable. A minor rat problem may be taken care of by a snap trap or two and end of story.

What if it’s not? What to do?

When a major problem is present, DIY remedies often get expensive with undesirable results.

People go to the store and buy whatever product is available. I have heard people tell me they bought $200 worth of poison, put it out, had it all eaten but the problem does not get any better. In fact, it’s getting worse! Why?

The rats ate the product but it did not kill them. Some may (and I underscore “may”) have died but the truth is they were given a mild case of gut rot. People tend not to read the labels of the products they purchase. Most labels when applying to rat feeding say “Continuous feeding for 8-10 before death MAY occur.” This is not reassuring.

How much can a few dozen rats eat? Lots, with little to no effect.

Over the years of Pest Control, I’ve had people tell me how much they spent while trying to battle it themselves then just upset when given the bill (rat free) for my services. I’ve heard many say that they spent that much, often more already trying to do it themselves and ask for me to reduce the bill.

I’m not saying people should not try it themselves or am I telling anybody how to spend their money but I am saying if you are going to do it yourself, try a very small budget for it. Don’t spend a ton thinking more will do the job when chances are it will not.

If a problem occurs, get on it quick and if not resolved within a reasonable time, call us. Don’t let it get out of control because rats constantly gnaw away on things and have chewed pipes, wires and other things which have destroyed homes.

DIY = Death may (probably not) occur.

Coutts Pest Control = Death will occur.

We can help and don’t let your house be overrun by vermin.