Have you heard scuttling under the floorboards or in the roof space? Can you see signs of a potential rodent nesting site?

If you think you’ve spotted signs of a rat infestation, you’re in the right place.

Treatment of rats is by trapping or baiting or both depending on the local situation and surroundings.

Identification of access points and proofing work to prevent further infestation is also important.

Rats communicate and mark their territory by urinating everywhere they go, representing a significant public health risk.

They can carry many nasty diseases, which can spread to humans, normally through rats’ urine or body coming into contact with food preparation areas.

The problems associated with rats are not just limited to public health. They also have a knack for causing structural damage.

Rats have to gnaw in order to keep their teeth in shape, and they’re not shy about what they gnaw on.

Cinderblock, wood, glass, metal, bone – rats’ teeth will take on pretty much any challenge, which is why they can cause untold damage to both homes, businesses and the occasional finger.

Flooding from gnawed pipes and electrical fires from chewed wires may be associated with rat infestations.

Home for the brown rat is somewhere that provides food, water and shelter.

In homes, they will live in roof spaces, wall cavities or under floorboards.

In gardens, they will burrow into grassy banks or under sheds. Rat holes beside solid structures are sure signs of a nest.

Brown rats are also often found living in sewer systems.