Like many towns and cities across the UK, Barnsley has a growing problem with rats. But what’s causing this spike in the numbers of rats in Barnsley? And which rat control solutions are available for local home and business owners?
Barnsley’s Rat Problem Explained
Rats live on six of the seven continents – and wherever people have gone, rats have soon followed. Problems start when the populations of these rodents build up to unacceptable levels – which leads to regular infestations of domestic and commercial buildings, posing a threat to public health.
In recent years, there have been many local media reports about Barnsley’s rat problems, and this attention reflects the fact that the problem’s a growing one. There are two main factors driving this increase in local rat populations.
Reduced Bin Collections
Like many councils across Britain, Barnsley’s council has made a worthwhile attempt to increase recycling rates, and reduce landfill. The downside of this is a reduction in the collection of non-recyclable rubbish – including food waste.
This type of waste is a natural magnet for mice and rats, and the problem becomes worse if residents are unable to fit all their waste into their wheelie bins. Rodents are easily able to chew through plastic bin liners and access this ready source of food. Not only does this extra food support larger rat populations, but it also attracts them closer to our homes.
Discarded litter is also an issue – and one that could be set to worsen, after the council announced this month that it will be removing nearly 300 of the 1800 litter bins throughout the borough. These problems aren’t unique to our town, and councils up and down the country are struggling to balance the need to recycle more and save money, with the need to protect public health.
The use of rodenticides is the commonest form of pest control for rats in Barnsley. Unfortunately, in recent years there have been growing signs of rats becoming resistant to common rodenticides. This is likely to become more severe as time goes by.
All rodents breed prolifically, and have short gestation periods and large litters. Just a year or two is enough for several new generations of rats to be born, and to go on to produce multiple litters of their own. This rapid breeding allows rodent populations to adapt quickly, as natural selection favours the animals with the highest resistance to poisons.
Barnsley Rodent Control
With Barnsley’s rat problem becoming more extreme, it’s vital for individuals to take action at the first sign of an infestation. Professional rat control measures can be broken down into three main forms: rodenticides, trapping and preventative pest control. The appropriate solution depends on the individual circumstances.
Broadly speaking, rodenticides remain effective in most cases, but they’re not always the silver bullet they once were, and they should be deployed by a professional pest control technician to ensure the best results. A professional will also be able to advise you whether alternative measures are needed. Preventative pest control is especially valuable on top of immediate rodent treatments – since it eliminates the risk of a future rat problem, before it occurs.
At Arnie’s Pest Management, we provide fast, effective pest treatments for rats. In addition to solving your rat problem, we can also advise you on the appropriate preventative steps that you can take to make your home or work environment less inviting and accessible to rodents in the future.
Book a call out today to get the professional support you need.