How fitting a Rat Gate fixed our rat problem
For several months, and from time to time, we heard the pitter-patter of rodent feet, in the loft and in the ceiling above our ground floor! There was no other sign of rats or mice. Eventually we asked a roofing company to inspect our roof. They found a rats’ nest in the far corner of the loft which they dismantled and destroyed. We also had the roof replaced and thought that was an end to the problem.
However, the occasional noises continued which concerned us, but again no droppings were visible. We then came back from holiday to find the toilet rolls at the back of the airing cupboard had been shredded and the central heating thermostat would not work. The gas engineers found the wiring had been chewed right through! We also found rats had chewed the plastic dishwasher water pipe. All repairs have been expensive.
We contacted Warwick District Council Environmental Health Department and were visited very promptly by an excellent Environmental Health Officer. He did some research and gave us good advice. It appeared that a rat or rats were entering our property through the sewage pipes. He recommended a drain survey and then the installation of a rat gate at the exit of the sewage pipe. He said we should telephone Aline Drainage - a local company who install stainless steel rat gates, which they have invented.
John from Aline Drainage came with his team. They inspected our sewage pipes using cameras. There was evidence of considerable rat droppings underneath our inspection chambers. A rat gate was installed.
We have now been totally free of rats and all noises have ceased. We are so very grateful to John and his team from Aline Drainage.
It is extremely stressful to have rats in ones property and we felt totally helpless to solve the problem. Poison will not kill a rat in situ and if a rat were to die under the floorboards we have been told the smell would be terrible.
We thoroughly recommend the rat gate and would advise everyone to have one installed.
Ruth & Nigel James