Guaranteed safety and animal welfare-friendly handling of rats
Alternative methods of controlling rats can be time consuming, costly and dangerous. If rats have already been discovered in your household, it is already too late.
The aim of the rat stop is not to destroy the rats, but it prevents rats from passing through water pipes so that a plague of rats cannot break out. This passage is often used by rats because they are good swimmers and climbers and this area is the least monitored.
Rattenstopps are a secure method to prevent rats from entering houses, households or apartments as well as large residential complexes and units via the sewer system.
Rats "climb" up the sewer pipes by wedging themselves between the pipe walls and working up. The rat stops increase the pipe diameter. So the rats no longer have a physical hold and tumble back.
Effects of rats without rat traps
Rats belong the order Rodentia genus Rattus – the best-known of which are the black rat (Rattus rattus) and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). This group, generally known as the Old World rats or true rats, originated in Asia but are found nearly everywhere in the world following human exploration.
The brownrat, also known as the common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, Norwegian rat, Parisian rat, or wharf rat, is one of the largest and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America. The brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas. They will shelter under bushes, in sewers and other urban sites, or construct deep burrow systems making nests of shredded materials; they hide during the day and come out at night. These rats are true omnivores and will consume almost anything including dead animals, small fish, and other rodents. Selective breeding of the brown rat has produced the fancy rat as a pet, as well as the laboratory rat.
The blackrat, also known as ship rat, roof rat, or house rat, is an excellent climber that can nest in trees, attics, cabinets, ceilings, garages, and inside walls and prefer to live in dry upper levels of buildings. Roof rats are generalist omnivores have a mainly of nuts and fruits but will also eat dog or cat food, garden vegetables, tree bark, insects, and lizards. They are hoarders and you might find stashes of food in their nesting areas. Their nests are typically spherical and made of shredded material, including sticks, leaves, other vegetation, and cloth.
Throughout the millennia, rats have caused innumerable damage to agricultural crops and spread disease—the most notable being the Black Death in the Middle Ages. While the Plague has receded to the distant memory, rats and rat infestations continue to cause damage. In fact, rats continue to contaminate and destroy enough food to feed 200 million people worldwide annually.
Electrical damage:Rats love to chew and will readily chew through just about anything—wood, papers and books, photographs, clothes, and even cables. Rats actually need to chew continuously, since their teeth never stop growing. Electrical damage caused by rodents isn’t just expensive—it’s dangerous. Wires without protective insulation can spark an electrical fire. Indeed, it is estimated that rats and mice cause up to 20 % of undetermined structure fires each year in the US and 25 % in the UK.
Damage to building systems:Damage to building systems: Duct work, ventilation units, and heating and air conditioning units can all be infiltrated by rodents. These destructive animals live inside air returns, gnaw through insulated ducts, and build nests inside air conditioning units. This type of infestation can reduce the efficiency of equipment or cause permanent damage to the equipment.
Structural damage:Rats have been known to chew through wood, sheetrock, furniture, and common building materials. Rats will chew through water pipes causing leaks and flooding. These creatures frequently make holes to enter roofs, attics, chimneys, crawl spaces and ground-level areas. Rodents can even undermine foundations weakening the structural integrity of the building. Once inside, they’ll continue to wreak havoc. Furthermore, entry points can contribute to water damage and allow other types of pests to enter.
Around the world, rats and mice are known to spread over 35 diseases that can infect both people and pets. Some of the diseases and illnesses modern-day rats are known to carry include the following:
Murine typhusCaused by infection with Rickettsia typhi, this disease occurs worldwide and is transmitted to humans by rat fleas. Symptoms of murine typhus begin within 2 weeks after contact with infected fleas or flea feces and can include headache, fever, rash, and muscle pain although most cases are mild.
Leptospirosis:A bacterial disease that affects humans and animals who come into contact with rat droppings. In humans it causes a wide range of symptoms including fever, muscle aches, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or rash. Untreated, the patient could develop kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, and respiratory distress.
Rat-bite fever:A bacterial illness caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis that can be acquired through the bite or scratch of a rat or the ingestion of food or water contaminated with rat feces. Most cases occur in Japan, but specific strains of the disease are present in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Africa.
Hantavirus:A deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings, or saliva. Humans can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. Although rare, HPS is potentially deadly.
Salmonella:In humans S. Typhimurium does not cause as severe disease as S. Typhi and is not normally fatal. The disease is characterized by diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and nausea.
Tulameria:Also known as “rabbit fever”, tularemia is a common zoonotic disease in Turkey and throughout the world. Tularemia can be life-threatening, but most infections can be treated successfully with antibiotics.
Bubonic plaque:A disease caused by Yersinia pestis found in small mammals and their fleas. Without treatment, the plague kills about 66% of infected humans within 4 days. From 2010 – 2015 there were 3,248 cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths.
Trichinellosis:A parasitic disease caused by the nematode Trichinella spiralis. The typical lifecycle for T. spiralis involves humans, pigs, and rodents. A pig becomes infected when it eats infectious cysts in raw meat from a rat and human become infected through the consumption of undercooked infected pork.
Common methods for controlling rats
One of the ways to control rats is through prevention—stopping an infestation before it starts. One way to do this is to not attract rats by keeping food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator and keeping the kitchen clean and free of food.
Additionally, it is necessary to immediately seal all likely entry points into your home including cracks and holes in the walls that could act as nesting sites. Doors with gaps and holes around appliance pipes and sinks can easily serve as access points. Rats can wiggle their way into gaps and holes as small as 1/2 inch and if the hole is not yet 1/2-inch big, the rat can gnaw at it until it is. Rats are great swimmers and will even swim through sewers and come up through toilet bowls or other drains. Wherever there is an opening, it can serve as a passageway to your house.
Once inside, if the rodents can find food and water, then it is highly likely that they will stay and the rodent population will quickly grow. Unfortunately, you may not see them until there is a large infestation and it becomes more difficult to get rid of them.
Brown rats breed throughout the year if conditions are suitable, with a female producing up to five litters a year. Under ideal conditions, a pair of rats can grow to 15,000 within a year. A rodent infestation can cause a great deal of structural damage, contaminate food, carry disease, and contribute to the extinction of many species of wildlife.
Traps can be an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of rats. They are relatively cheap and can be left in place for long periods but must be regularly inspected, as a dead or dying rat or a food bait can attract insects and cause an infestation. These traps can be snap, live, or glue boards although glue boards are better for mice than rats.
Traps should be set where rat signs are seen and in out-of-the-way, hidden areas, especially in attics, basements and near food sources.
Rodenticides are the poison pesticides for the killing of rats. Many rodenticide baits can be bought at home stores, but have problems associated with their use. Rodenticides work as an anti-coagulant or as a neurotoxin depending on the chemical used. Unfortunately, the use of these has resulted in the inadvertent poisoning of children, pets, and wildlife.
Professional exterminators use a combination of traps and rodenticides in an integrated pest management scheme. Thus, fewer chemicals can be used and only the areas where rats are infesting are treated. However, this can be expensive and is usually reserved for large infestations.
Why Rattenstopp solves the current issues with rats
The two methods to controlling rats are prevention and extermination. Extermination by trap or rodenticide relies on the rat already being present in the home—which may be too late to stop an infestation.
Traps also rely on careful placement along known rat travel routes to be effective and require regular monitoring and cleaning. Rodenticides are simpler but can have unintended consequences including:
- Ratten, die innerhalb der Mauern des Gebäudes sterben und Geruch, Fliegenbefall und/oder Baukosten für die Beseitigung der toten Tiere verursachen
- unbeabsichtigte Vergiftung von Haus- und Wildtieren
- and exposure of children to the rodenticide
The best, and most humane, way to combat rats is to stop them from entering. Preventions include proper home cleanliness, removing food sources and potential nesting sites, and sealing any possible entry points. However, one entry point that is very often overlooked is through the water and sewer pipes—it takes only a short time for a rat to make its way from the sewer into the home. This can even happen in the cases of multiple-story buildings. Using of a device that can humanely block the entry of rats through this access point is crucial to a successful prevention plan.
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