A WAKEFIELD dad is seeing success with his invention designed to stop rats getting into homes.
Vermin Guard equipment – created by Karl Savage – has been proven to be 100 per cent successful at preventing rats invading houses through lofts.
Housing chiefs at Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) were so impressed they have signed Karl on to help give their tenants peace of mind.
Mr Savage, from South Elmsall, invented the Vermin Guard device after rats got into the loft of his own home.
The dad-of-one said: “It was horrible. It horrified me that they were there, just above my family. I spent hundreds of pounds on traditional methods of pest control, but the rats didn’t move so I started to research the problem.
“I discovered that rats usually get into your home via the loft, where they use drainpipes to gain access to the roof, where they then nibble at fascia boards to get into the loft, where its warm and away from humans.”
'First trials of the equipment started almost two years ago, and he found the device was effective.
Since then, almost 2,000 Vermin Guards have been installed around Yorkshire, and homeowners are reporting that they have been 100 per cent successful. Karl is now looking at rolling the product out across the UK.
He said: “There is a stigma about having a rat invasion, but there shouldn’t be.
“I am delighted that WDH has decided to stock Vermin Guard and applaud them for recognising that prevention is better than cure.”
Martin Wilson, maintenance manager for WDH, said: “Vermin Guard will give our tenants peace of mind that we want to do all we can to stop rats from getting into homes.”