Rat infestations are a problem because these carry a number of diseases that can cause serious illnesses in humans and even death. They can also cause damage to structures and wiring.
How do I identify a rat problem?
If you think you've got a rat problem, take a look round your premises for entrance points outside. You might also find large droppings, evidence of damage or footprints.
It is also advisable to check any garden areas. Underneath garden sheds is a common home for rats as they like the quiet seclusion. In domestic environments rats like to live in or near compost bins as people often throw away half-eaten fresh fruit.
If you think rats are getting into your premises, you will need to look for broken air bricks, large gaps underneath doors and around door frames. Drains also need checking to make sure they have ‘interceptors’ fitted which stop rats entering premises through the drains.
If you've got a basement, check it because it's often an area that is quiet and undisturbed and that's where you'll often find rats enjoying your hospitality. Rat problems are common in properties that are terraced - they may be coming into a house three or four doors down and then travel along into yours.
How do I get rid of a rat infestation?
Rats are a pest that in a domestic or commercial environment needs to be controlled. The presence of rats will be off-putting to your customers as well as causing a health hazard to customers and staff. Not to mention the risk of fines.
The best way to deal with rats is by poisoning and/or trapping. We don’t recommend that you try this yourself as the exact type and amount of bait needs to be carefully assessed. There is also a risk of unintentionally poisoning wildlife, which a professional pest controller will ensure does not happen.
If you discover rats on your premises, avoid touching rat droppings or areas that may be contaminated and call our specialist rodent removal services. Our pest control experts will devise the right strategy for your premises to make sure treatments are effective and safe.
For further assistance, call our rodent control services for a no obligation discussion or to book a free survey.
Fun facts about rats
- Rats can swim up a u-bend with a diameter of between 1-1/2 to 4 inches
- Rats have strong ever-growing incisor teeth that allow them to chew through cinder block, wire, aluminium, concrete and lead.
- Rats use high frequency sounds, smell, touch and body postures to communicate with each other.
- Rats have a strong social hierarchy. The biggest and strongest rats will get the best food and harbourage.
- Rats have excellent memories. Once they learn a navigation route, they never forget it.
- A rat produces between 20 to 50 droppings a day
- Unlike mice, rats don't actually like to be in your house.