Rats in attic/cavities

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by Lisa davies, Jan 4, 2022.

  1. Lisa davies

    Lisa davies New Member

    Hello, I'm in desperate need of some helpful advice. For the last few years we've had issues with rats getting in to our house. We live in a semi detached house and along with our neighbour we have had countless pest experts up to take a look, our houses are surrounded by concrete paths and tarmac drives, all vents are secure, there is nothing that anyone has picked up on at ground level.

    We have both paid £300 each to have our drains surveyed, a fault was found on our side so we repaired it. We were warned that once we repaired the fault that some rats may be trapped in the cavities/attic so to be prepared to catch them with traps. We left baited traps out but caught nothing, 3-4 weeks later we could smell the smell of death, a disgusting smell but we were glad it was there, it meant the rat/s were definitely trapped and must be dying off. No more rats!! Fast forward 3 months, the scratching is back, so we popped a night vision camera in our attic to see what was going on, and the bloody rats are back!!

    What else can we do? Who can we phone for advice? I don't want to pay another pest controller to come and tell me what I already know.
     
  2. koolpc

    koolpc Screwfix Select

    You need to find any access points that they use to gain entry.
     
  3. Ian Lunn

    Ian Lunn Member

    In alot of houses the soil pipe passes from below the house all the way into loft and some out throu the roof, most will be boxed in but rats and mice can easly clime up into loft, within the boxed in section.
     
  4. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

  5. Lisa davies

    Lisa davies New Member


    We live near a river too, a few houses on our estate have issues with rats. We've tried all sorts of posion, even the specialist stuff, they're just so smart and won't go near any of it but I'll give these blocks a go, thanks for the recommendation!
     
  6. Lisa davies

    Lisa davies New Member

    It's not the soil pipe as ours is outside and not boxed in but thank you for your helpful reply
     
  7. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    I have one of the ultrasonic repellers in the garage that also seems to have stopped critters nibbling things. May be worth popping one in the loft on an extesion lead as a trial.
     
  8. gadget man

    gadget man Screwfix Select

    I used those a couple of months ago, and within a few days all the rats had gone.
     
  9. Tony Goddard

    Tony Goddard Screwfix Select

    We had awful trouble with mice charging around in the cavity wall and ceiling, one died under the floor, the pong was awful - most likely a few chewed up cables under there.

    So we got the attached a few years ago, now no mice in the house at all now, have to do a lot more hoovering though.
     

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  10. sally green

    sally green Active Member

    Saw a clip on a usa invention that zaps the dirty rats within 24 hours.
     
  11. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Screwfix Select

    Had rats in the upstairs of my garage, used the bait blocks to kill them off, then the mice came. Used the same bait blocks to get rid of the mice. This happened a few times until I blocked up all of the entry points around doors and under the eaves. No rats, or mice since.
     
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