We were called to resolve a rat problem in a garage in Fife.
There are two very common rats that cause a problem in the Fife area, namely the Brown Rat and the Black Rat. Both these rat pests like to gnaw through anything in their way and nest in dark secluded areas in your home or garage.
We are continuing to receive calls from rural areas throughout Fife and are also receiving an increased number of calls from residential and business properties in town centres, including Dunfermline centre.
This fife rat family had decided to take up residence in the owners new Range Rover’s engine compartment. The owner had noticed evidence of the new rat residents, from paw prints around the vehicle and a few empty snail shells. They promptly called Hanlon Pest Control to come and diagnose the rodent pest responsible. As it turned out, not a moment too soon. The damage to the range rover’s engine wiring, landed the owner with a very expensive repair bill.
Rodents take shelter and live in vehicles more often than you might think. During the winter months in particular, your car offers a warm, insulated space which is secure and protected from predators. Some plastic insulating material now being used in cars seems especially tasty to the rodent invaders. When rats chew the insulation off wires that connect batteries, alternators, or anything electric to anything else, they cause short circuits that result in costly repair.
Gnawing wires, ripping out insulation for nesting materials, or squirreling away caches of nuts and rubbish in engine compartments can destroy some of the most sophisticated engines and cause significant financial loss.
Fife Rodent Control Solution
Hanlon Pest Control removed the nest and then setup sufficient rat traps and bait boxes throughout the property to ensure all the rat relatives were removed. In areas within Fife that are seeing an increase we also recommend a follow up installation of bait traps and some strategic rodent proofing solutions to ensure you don’t receive a return visit.
Recognising When You Might Have Rodent Visitors
Look out for droppings and debris, dusty footprints and nibbled plastic or padding.
The black rat is between 16–24cm in length, with a tail longer than the head and body. It grows to between 150–200g in weight. They have a pointed nose, large ears and a slender body when compared to the Brown Rat.
The brown rat is up to 40 cm in length, with a tail shorter than the head and body. It grows up to between 350–500g in weight. It has a blunt nose, small ears and a thicker body when compared to the Black Rat.