Will rats come back this winter?
The number of rats out in the fields has been high this autumn,
as last year’s mild winter left more than usual to breed
over the spring and summer. So it is likely that more rats will
be seen in farmyards this winter than last year.
Hedgerows laden with fruit and berries have provided a rich
food source for rodents – but any changes in the weather
will encourage rats to move into farmyards and buildings.
“Dry spells force rats to search out water, while a cold
snap drives them inside for warmth and shelter,” says Dr
Jonathan Wade, technical director of rodenticide manufacturer
Rats need water
“Rats need to drink every day. So now’s the time to reduce the
points where they can access fresh water, by repairing leaking pipes or troughs.
Deny them water and they will have to go and find it elsewhere.
“It’s also worth doing all you can to make your
property as rat ‘unfriendly’ as possible. Clear out
rubbishy corners and keep doors shut. Store feed and dry goods
away from walls – just a metre will do. This stops them
nesting behind them. Clear up any feed spills immediately.
“Once they do start to move in, rats and mice can
be quickly controlled by following a well planned and focussed
baiting campaign, using advanced formula rat baits such as Roban
How much bait is needed?
PelGar has developed a simple rat bait calculator which works out
how much is required for effective control, in a range of situations.
Farmers can work out how much they need to buy by visiting www.getthatrat.com and
clicking on the ‘PelGar Bait Estimator’ button.
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