Rat Control

A picture of a rat

Rats

Rats are some of the most troublesome and damaging rodents to homes and businesses. They eat and contaminate food, damage structures and property, transmit parasites and diseases to your home and yard.

They are carriers of many pathogenic micro-organisms, their droppings also pose a major sanitary threat to yourself and your family.

 

Rats also damage:

Clothing, books, furniture, personal belongings

Structural elements of your home:

Timber joist, walls and finishing elements to your home.

Installations such as:

Insulation material, water pipes, plastic, wood and electrical wiring, telephone cabling.

Rat activity to your home or business

Rodents live and thrive in a wide variety of climates and conditions and are often found in and around homes and other buildings. You don’t normally see rats but their signs are easy to detect.

Holes – Rat holes are about 70mm in diameter and can be seen outside in garden beds, next to sheds.

Runs and Smear Marks – rats establish certain routes when travelling to and from their nesting site, these black greasy smears left by their fur rubbing against surfaces.

Droppings – rat droppings are between 10 and 20 mm long and often found concentrated in runs.

Rat Signs

Signs of damage – gnaw marks to most materials, damaged packing and half eaten food

Nests – Sometimes can be found inside, under electrical appliances, areas where less frequent by humans.

Noise - Scuttling noise from the roof space during the night, unease from your pets at certain areas in the home

Footprints and tail swipes - can be seen on dusty surfaces or muddy areas

Burrows - Rats can build complex tunnel systems deep into the ground, entrances can be seen in heavy vegetive area, under tree roots and at the edge of paths or drain covers

Gnawing – Rats will continually gnaw down their front teeth on most materials such as electrical cables, timber fixtures and plastic pipework.

 

Treatment

Our professional technicians will survey and assess the infestation and advise on the most effective treatment to your rat infestation.

We use a wide range of technology and treatments to eliminate the infestation to your home or business.

A baiting programme with the most reliable rodenticides with tamper-resistant bait stations that will keep bait away from children, pets and non-target animals.

 

How can I prevent rat infestation?

Rats are adaptable, persistent and breed rapidly to produce a large rat infestation, by proofing your home or business will make it less attractive for rats.

Keep your home in good repair; rats can squeeze through gaps of 15mm to gain access.

Cut back weeds and overgrown areas, keep lawns short and tidy, remove any build-up of waste to eliminate nesting sites for rats.

Rats are good climbers; make sure you trim back any vegetation in contact with the roof, repair any broken or loose tiles.

Ensure drain covers are fixed correctly and in place, rats have known to climb up downpipes to gain entry, use a fine wire mesh fixed to base of the pipe.

Seal any gaps around pipework entering into the building with mortar or caulking, place fine wire mesh over ventilation bricks

Rat Species

 

Roof  Rat

Rattus rattus

Roof rats nest outside in trees and dense vegetation, inside roof rats prefer to nest in roof space, tops of walls.

Appearance

Slender body 180 - 250mm in size with a tail loger than head and body

Fur smooth and soft, usually black or grey.

Pointed with excellent sense of smell and taste, eyes are large and prominent.

Behaviour

Norway Rat is sexually mature at 2-4 Months.

6-10 young in a litter, 4-5 per year

Large droppings 12mm pointed

Lifecycle between 9-18 months

Habits

Non-Burrowing, nests mainly in walls, roof space, vines, trees, excellent climbers, normally seen in high places.

Norway Rat

Rattus norvegicus

  1. The brown rat, also referred to as common rat, street rat, sewer rat, one of the best known and most popular rats.

Appearance

Heavy set about 200 - 250mm in size with a tail shorter than head and body

Fur harsh and shaggy. brown and black on upper head and body, grey or off white underneath.

Heavy set body with blunt nose and small eyes

Behaviour

Norway Rat is sexually mature at 3-4 Months.

8-10 young in a litter, 6-10 per year

Large droppings 18mm blunt

Lifecycle between 9-18 months

Habits

Burrows, lives inside, will come from the sewers, swims well, outside will nest in various places, refuse tips, gardens, hedges.

 

Our Pest Control Services

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