Written by: Daniel Schröer
In the past, sewer rat control was monotonously operated with poison. What is poison? Poisons are so-called "rodenticides", i.e. poisons that dilute the blood and thus kill the small mammals. Unfortunately - as recent studies have found out - this poison also gets into the sewage of the canals and with the sewage into rivers, where the rat poison unfortunately has no place. Because there, the rat poison contaminates our fish and other creatures that live there. Many professional farms have long since switched to poison-free control. However, this often puts them at a disadvantage, as poison-free control measures are simply more expensive and most cities and municipalities still rely on poison in their control measures and know no / few alternative control measures. However, it has become established to control rats in the sewer system alternatively. The first step to prevent the poison from coming into contact with the water against the rats in the sewers was to build "floating bait stations" that do not come into contact with the water. Another problem with using poison: it is not eaten by rats in over 99% of occupancy locations. Rats in the canal will not eat poison. The Norway rat rejects it and prefers to find natural food. So why build a floating station for the 1% of rats that only ensures that the poison avoids coming into contact with the water, if the rat does not accept these stations after all?
To fight rats in the sewer system is not necessarily easy and above all, so was the o-tone for years, not possible without poison against the Norway rat. The sewer network is simply too complex and extensive to fight them directly in the manholes. No, it is not made easy for humans to successfully combat rats in the sewer system and, above all, to do so sustainably without poison. Unfortunately, the described stations are very inefficient and only a few wandering rats frequent these stations, which are also still equipped with poisons. A true poison-free and sustainable solution against the pipe rat in the sewer is only a physical solution that shields the rats from the sewer network, so that the rat infestation in the sewer is naturally reduced.
It has been found that rats come out of the sewers through the manhole covers at night to devour garbage and food scraps, which are easy prey for Norway rats. Thanks to the abundant food supply, rats can reproduce. However, the sewer rat can be successfully reduced in the sewer system by exclusion. In order to prevent the rats from climbing "from the bottom to the top" to eat garbage and leftovers, it is possible to simply block the entrances / exits. RatCap was developed for this purpose. The product especially against rats in sewers was developed in Germany by an association of a group of companies that has been building and selling pest control solutions internationally for over 26 years. Rat infestation can be reduced biologically. The ring is fixed single or double to the dirt trap so that the rat can no longer get past it to the outside.
Rats, when they do not have enough to eat, look for other ways. Thus, they make their way through the sewer network in search of more exit points to find food. A rat will only live 0.5-1.5 years and thus will naturally die due to lack of food caused by lockout if it cannot escape to other networks. However, other strains of rats live in other sewer nets. These do not like it when other, foreign rats invade their territory, where food is limited. As a result, the rats do not reproduce because there is no more food, and the rat infestation in one place is reduced. The sewer rat then tries to escape and encounters other rat infestation flocks in other regions of the sewer network. This reduces the infestation biologically, without any poison.
Controlling rats sustainably and keeping them out is the goal of all municipalities and cities. RatCap is a sustainable solution developed in Germany that is very cost effective and will keep rats out for decades, quickly reducing rat infestations sustainably without rat poison. Once installed, rat infestation will quickly reduce and in the long run will not be noticeable especially for citizens. No nuisance from an avoidable rat infestation "above ground" as the rats are systematically locked out.
There is really no need for poison nowadays to keep rats out in sewers and protect the population from rat infestations. Clever solutions that are inexpensive, last forever and work with IPM measures are the future for our communities and cities.
IPM stands for integrated pest management and is THE approach for successful and holistic rat control. Europe's CEPA association also strongly promotes IPM pest control in 2021. IPM stands for the gentlest possible control, in which preventive, biological and physical methods must be used before any chemical methods against rats. Leading companies worldwide are committed to this, but still in many municipalities and pest control companies poison is always the first choice against rats. Yet poison is no longer state of the art because its use is inefficient: less than 20% of the animals that consume poison are rats, the rest are non-target animals such as birds or insects that are also harmed by the poison. If a rat killed by poison gets into the wild, the poison will find its way into the environment from other animals (e.g. a bird of prey eating the rat) or through decomposition. With RatCap all this is excluded and one uses a timely solution that has been established.
The best part is really that you or your pest control service provider can simply order the product online. 2-3 days after ordering, you can already have it installed in your community (any technician familiar with the sewer in your city can do this) and have no more rat problems for decades. Rat infestation is reduced and citizen complaints are immediately non-existent.
Give it a try!