Rats are rodents (just like mice and squirrels) and therefore are habitual gnawers – this means they constantly have to rasp their front teeth on objects in order to keep these teeth in check (as they never stop growing).Because rat teeth are very hard, very sharp and their jaw muscle arrangement can put quite a bit of pressure behind them, this gnawing can do some serious damage.
Today, in this Swindon loft we’ve found evidence of this gnawing on a helpless colouring pencil. If you thought decimated pencils were bad, it’s gets worse. The main issue we find is the electrics – rats love to gnaw on insulated cabling so the fixed electrical circuit gets a really hard time. This can often cause rat mortality as they will chew through the cables until the copper is exposed – however modern RCD consumer units often prevent the rat being electrocuted these days (the RCD just trips instead).A fixed electrical supply with a shredded insulation sheath and exposed copper internals will represent a poorly performing electrical circuit at best and a potential fire hazard at worst. This is not a good thing in anyone’s house.
If you’re hearing noises in your loft or ceiling and have concerns, give Mission Pest Control a call and we’ll come and take a look for you. It’s better to be safe than sorry!