Why Do Rats Live In Your Garden?
Where Do Outdoor Rats Come From?
The rats you see in your garden are often not from your property!
Rats will regularly patrol through gardens in search of food, water, nesting sites and in search of other rats! this raises the question of how best to control rats in your garden. The answer? Outdoor rat control is almost always community rat control. You will rarely guarantee the bait taken or traps activated have taken the rat seen in your back yard or know how many rats you’re dealing with.
Top 3 Reasons For Rats To Visit Gardens
For convenience, we have listed the top reasons and places rats will be in your garden.
Water (Hydration) – Ponds, Water Features, Pet Bowls, Streams, Drip-Trays and Bird Baths, etc.
Food (Nutrition) – Bird Tables, Hutches, Coops, Bird Feeders, Compost Bins and Animal Feed, etc.
Shelter (harbourage) – Sheds, Wood Stores, Bin Stores, Decking, Concrete Paths and Driveways, etc.
Understanding the needs of rats will quickly help you know how best to discourage, intercept and eliminate rats in your garden.
What Is An Infestation?
For most people, the thought of rats in their garden is a terrible reality and control can’t come quick enough. So you now know that rats are present but was it really an infestation?
Infestations occur because the environment has gifted the rodent pests a food and water extravaganza of some kind. We consider rat populations of 20 to be an infestation. One property we visited had over 1000 rats in the neighbours garden, but then they had been hand-feeding those wild rats for many years!
How Are Garden Rats Controlled?
Exclusion is always the most humane form of rat control, but external control makes this much more difficult or impossible. Rats are excellent climbers, so barrier controls for gardens will be unlikely to work.
Next, we need to consider water and nutrition. garden ponds and water features make the perfect spa for thirsty rats and a well-stocked compost bin not only provide winter warmth, but also nutrition and safety.
Already you might be making connections with your own outdoor rat issues and realising that many of these features are present or abundant. Only by removing or removing access to sources of water, shelter and nutrition will control of any permanence become a reality with any expedience.
For the most part, rats need to be controlled when they are a risk to persons, pets or property. External control often involves the use of bait boxes with baits secured inside to prevent the accidental poisoning of pets and vulnerable people.
Treatments generally last 2-6 weeks but may take longer if the off-site activity is migrating into your garden from elsewhere