Rat Control Services
Why Pest Control Assist?
What are the Signs of a Rat Infestation ?
Noise in walls and ceilings
If you hear scampering sounds, gnawing and unexplained noises in your ceilings this is often one of the first signs of a rat infestation. You may also hear noise in walls and under floors and kitchen units and as a rat can weigh up to 500g the sounds will appear loud and heavy footed.
Droppings and Smears
Rat droppings are between 9 and 12 mm long and will be piled up in corners, under units, beds and visible on loft insulation. Rats have a high percentage of oil in their fur and as they use the same routes consistently smear marks will build up along run lines along skirtings and walls.
Missing Food, Sawdust, Holes
If your living with rats you may notice that fruit goes missing, potatoes are gnawed and chocolate and sweets disappear. Rats will drag food back to a safe place and consume it. The sudden appearance of sawdust by kitchen units is caused by rats starting to make access holes which can appear overnight.
Rats have a distinctive smell which is a combination of sour and musty, and initially this is not so easy to detect but gets much stronger as time goes by and the number of rodents and their droppings increases. If you have a heavy infestation the smell will be quite pungent and very noticeable.
Rat Control from £120
Rat Treatment Services and Options
Our technician will carry out a thorough inspection of the site and determine the level of activity and the access points for rodents to enter the building. The treatment of a rat infestation is usually by trapping or baiting or a combination of both and this will depend on the level of rodent activity and the location of the infestation. People (children), pets, wildlife and environmental impact are all important considerations when deciding on treatment . All traps and baits must be set in secure locations to avoid any impact on non-target species. External access points should be located and repaired and if no obvious points are found then it is likely the entry is via the sewer system. This will require investigation and should be repaired as necessary.
Baiting – Standard Practice
The standard poison for rodents is an anti-coagulant such as Bromodiolone, Difenacoum or Brodifacoum. These baits are set in secure spaces such as lofts floor voids or in secure boxes. The rats will feed on the bait and die after a few feeds or a single feed depending on the type of poison used. After the treatment is completed all baits, boxes and carcasses are removed as these have an impact if eaten by non-target species.
Baiting – Low Environmental Impact
A new non anti-coagulant bait is now available, Selontra, which gives faster control of rat infestations through speed baiting techniques and will make an area rodent free within seven days. The active ingredient, Cholecalciferol, stops feeding after one day reducing contamination and risk of disease and is neither persistent in the environment, nor bio-accumulative, and is readily metabolised by rodents and so reduces non-target species impact.
The Classic Pest Infestation
If you have ever heard the sound of tiny scuttling feet in the night or smell the horrid stench of urine in every corner of your building, then there is a good chance you have a rat for a roommate. The average rat has even strength in their teeth to chew through something as hard as aluminum, so you can just imagine what they could do to your wiring, pipes, and even bricks.
Rats can be extremely harmful to our health. Remember learning about the Bubonic Plague that killed over 25 million people in the 1300’s? That was because the disease was carried by rats stowing away on ships that docked at countries across Europe and Northern Africa. While the immediate danger may not be quite this dire, rats are still carriers to countless diseases and illness-causing bacteria every single year. Don’t expose your family or customers to this risk
The Evasive Rodents
While rats may be easier to see and hear when compared to their smaller cousins, the mice, they can still evade many traps and be difficult to totally rid yourself of on your own. Instead, call on our professionals because we have the certifications and registrations to properly find all the rats in your space and effectively get rid of them.
Have a question about your potential rat problem or want to request your initial appointment? Contact us today and let’s get started.