We are always trying to improve our living conditions, making our house homely and safe. While we may consider how to prevent typical accidents such as slips, trips and falls in the home, how to avoid getting rats isn’t commonly considered.
How to avoid getting rats
While we aim to keep our homes clean and tidy, we do so for our own health and hygiene, rather than with the thought of how to avoid getting rats.
Instead of looking at how to avoid getting rats as a preventative measure, we are usually concerned with how to remove rats once they get into the home. Yet, it is possible to avoid getting rats in the first place.
Generally speaking, you are at greater risk of getting rats in your home if you live in a busy area, rather than a remote country suburbia. When considering how to avoid getting rats, you need to take into account what attracts them.
Food, warmth and safety are the key elements, which attract rats. As such, you can avoid getting rats by:
- Clearing up any rubbish outside and inside your home
- Lifting uneaten pet food
- Ensuring that all inside bins and outdoor wheelie bins are covered with lids
- Remove any bird feeders from your windows and garden
- Cover any gaps into the house with steel
Claiming compensation for a rat infestation
If you have suffered a rat infestation in your home through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation for the related harm and distress you have endured.
Just as you could claim if you fell down the stairs due to your landlord’s incomplete renovations, if your landlords negligence has caused a rat infestation in your home, they could be held liable.
Likewise, if a nearby home is unkempt, and has caused your rat infestation, they too could be held liable for any related injuries or illnesses you have sustained.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
Whether you did suffer a fall or a rat infestation, whatever your circumstances, for more information about making a claim, speak with one of our friendly advisors today.
Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.
Call us on freephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice