How to get rid of rats
Rats breed in large numbers, several times a year, so it is important to call in a professional to assess the extent of the infestation and eradicate the rat problem completely. Our experienced technicians will assess the rodent problem, thoroughly inspect the property, and carry out the appropriate rat control measures. In order to stop rodents from gaining access we can block up any entry points and advise on further rat prevention methods.
Our technicians will return for further rat removal visits as needed, this can be set up on a contract basis for regular visits if this is a reoccurring problem on a farm or food preparation site for example.
What are the signs of rats?
Rats can cause extensive damage to a property and can be the cause of electrical fires if they find cables and wiring to chew on. They are shy by nature and The most common signs of a rat infestation are:
• Rat droppings – 1-2 cm long
• Rub marks – Dirt and grease from their bodies leave marks on walls and surfaces
• Scratching noises – Rats are often found in loft spaces, you may hear sounds of them at night
• Rat holes – Burrows are used for nesting and food storage
• Rat nests – Rats will use materials like cardboard, loft insulation and furnishings to make a nest
• Strong musty smells
• Damage to food – Rats will be attracted to any accessible food
• Damage to property – Rats constantly need to gnaw and will even chew through cables and wiring.
How to control rats
Controlling rats in a domestic property can be easily arranged with a few visits from our technicians. We will ensure the property is inspected, any access points are blocked, and the necessary rodent control is carried out, with follow up visits if required. Following the rodent removal, it is advisable to follow some simple rat prevention tips to avoid further issues.
For larger scale rat extermination on farms, food production sites, schools or commercial premises, we offer a contract service which includes several visits per year, rodent proofing, treatment reports and all relevant paperwork.
Do rats carry disease?
Rats carry a number of diseases including:
- Weil’s disease
Rodent-borne diseases can be transferred through direct contact, ingestion, bites and scratches. Rats can also carry mites, ticks, lice and fleas, increasing the risk of disease and secondary infestations.