Rat Pest Control

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Rats love to explore, and finding their way to food supplies, water and shelter. Rats are considered pests as they contaminate human food, damage properties and run the risk of spreading harmful diseases. Rats can cause an array of problems, so it’s vital to eliminate a rat infestation quickly as rats can:

  • Damage the fabric of buildings, chew wires, cables etc
  • Contaminate foodstuffs
  • Spread disease through direct and indirect contact including : Salmonella; Weils Disease; Lyme Disease.

Signs of Rats

The most obvious sign of a rat infestation is the presence of dead or living rats. Rats prefer to hide, given the chance, so if rats are seen in the open, it is likely that a large infestation already exists. Rat droppings may be present, indicating a healthy, feeding rat population. Rats also tend to leave dirt or grease marks along walls and floorboards.

How To Get Rid of Rats

Our British Pest Control Association (BPCA) Certified Technicians, offer the quickest and most effective way to get rid of your rat infestation. We offer:

  • A Site Survey - Highlighting the extent of infestation and potential access points
  • Professional Treatments - Targeted eradication treatments
  • Proofing - Preventing future infestations

Rat Prevention

Here are some of our top tips for rat prevention:

  1. Keep food in sealed containers.
  2. Put rubbish bags in bins and cover properly with lids
  3. Clean thoughroughly and regularly
  4. Act quickly if you notice signs of a rat issue in order to  prevent a larger infestation developing.

Rat Species

  • Black Rat

    (Rattus rattus)

    Appearance

    • 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 (Rattus norvegicus).

    Habits

    • They often climb as they are incredibly agile.
    • It is rare for them to burrow and they are rarely found outdoors in the UK.
    • Their preferred food is moist fruits. Black Rats will eat around 15g of food a day and drink 15ml.
  • Brown Rat

    (Rattus norvegicus)

    Appearance

    • 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 (Rattus rattus).

    Habits

    • The brown rat is the only species to occur in sewers in the UK.
    • Preferred food is cereals, although they are omnivorous.
    • They will eat around 30g of food a day and drink 60ml.
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