RATS

Have you heard scratching noises or noticed an unusual smell? Then you may have rats in your property. Rats are usually nocturnal and can remain hidden for a long time before you even begin to suspect a problem. If you find signs of rat activity, our certified technicians are able to offer a safe and effective treatment to resolve the issue.

Our pest control technicians understand the habits of rats and have a range of techniques to eliminate infestations in your home or business. We offer a callout service and will usually be able to attend within 24 hours. Our fast and efficient service will ensure the health risks associated with rats are kept to a minimum.

The presence of rats in your home or business can be catastrophic to the building structure and reputation. They pose a great health risk particularly in kitchens or where children might play. Rats are one of the most prolific pests in the UK and reach sexual maturity in about five weeks. Their gestation period is only 21 days and litters can number up to fourteen. They can contaminate food with their droppings, fur and urine and are known to spread disease as they search for food and shelter. They are responsible for the spread of plague, typhus and leptospirosis to name a few.

Like all rodents, rats need to gnaw to prevent their teeth from growing too large. Gnawing on electrical cables can cause a serious fire risk. Water and gas pipes are also popular gnawing materials and this can cause flooding and gas leaks.

The most common signs of a rat infestation are finding droppings, damaged food packaging and the sound of the rats gnawing. You may hear scuttling or even see the rats themselves. If you have noticed any of these signs there is no need to worry. An infestation of rats is a common problem that can be solved quickly and safely.

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