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How to get rid of Rat

How to get rid of Rat

Rat treatment, Rodent extermination 
, removal, elimination, How to get rid of rats, Rats removal

Pest Control Rat

There are two different species of rat in the British Isles:

The common or brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) is the most likely to be found. It lives in sewers, around water courses, wasteland and also in and around buildings. Fully grown a brown rat weighs on average approximately 350 grams and has a body length of about 20cm, with a 10 -12cm tail. Its fur is coarse and varies in colour from grey/brown to almost black, with a paler underside. To complete the picture, it has a blunt snout and small furry ears. The brown rat is an agile climber and may nest in roofs or the upper floors of buildings. It is mainly active at night but may be seen foraging for food and water during the day, particularly where there is a heavy infestation. brown rat droppings are spindle shaped.

The ship or black rat (Rattus rattus) is far less common and is usually only found around docks but can also infest warehouses and other buildings. It is considerably smaller than the brown rat and although rarely seen, is our native species of rat. In contrast to the brown rat, the black rat is smaller, reaching only 300 grams in weight and has black or dark brown fur with an almost white underside. Unlike the brown rat it has a thin tail that is longer than its 17-20 cm head and body, a pointed snout and large translucent ears. Much like the brown rat they are also agile climbers. Black rat droppings are banana or sausage shaped. It extremely unlikely that you will encounter a black rat in Redbridge nowadays.

All rats need a constant supply of food and water to survive and breed, along with shelter and a safe place to build a nest. Therefore the best means of control is to ensure that these are not available. Proper disposal of rubbish is essential to prevent rat infestation, as is proper storage of foodstuffs. For example, grain and seeds stored loosely in sheds are an ideal source of food for rats.

What you can do to prevent rat infestations

  • Keep your property clean and tidy and cut back any overgrown areas of your land.
  • Make sure your property is in good repair, your external doors are close fitting and that there are no broken air vents or other openings in external walls for rats to gain access.
  • Do not allow household or business waste to accumulate outside your property.
  • Do not leave bread, food waste or wild bird foods out overnight, as it will attract rats.
  • Clear up any food you have left out for birds that is not used at the end of the day.
  • Replace any broken manhole covers and where they are your responsibility, repair any damaged or open drains on your property.
  • When carrying out any work to the drains that serve your property, or if you are adding a new structure to the existing building, make sure your builder has properly sealed any redundant drains and backfilled any unnecessary voids below ground which might provide harborage for rats.

Why control Rats?

  • Rats pose a significant health risk; they can carry a range of serious diseases which can be transmitted to humans. The most serious of these are Weil's disease, Plague, Salmonella food poisoning and Toxoplasmosis. Rats also infest and contaminate food with urine and droppings, and can also cause structural damage to buildings by gnawing through timbers, pipes, cables and other building fabrics.
  • Rats carry many nasty diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine. including; Leptospirosis or Weil's disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii and Hantavirus.
  • Rats can inflict a great amount of structural damage. They can cause serious fires by gnawing away the insulation around electrical cables, floods by puncturing pipes and even death by chewing through gas pipes. The insurance sector have estimated that rodent damage to wiring is responsible for 25% of all electrical fires in buildings.
  • Rats can ruin an organisation's reputation. If clients and customers spot evidence of rodent infestation in the premises you manage, they are unlikely to want to do business with you.
  • Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free, or, if rodents pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority.
    • How to get rid of Rats:

      Rats are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly, this combination can make rat control a difficult task for the untrained individual. For any rat infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company. They are trained in rat control and will have access to a range of professional use rodenticides which are not available to the public.

      Safety Information

      The poison baits used by the Mighty Pest Control are the safest available and do not pose a risk to people unless taken deliberately. Baits are only laid in areas where it is safe to do so and are never laid in places open to the general public, unless in a secure container. Should you use the service you will also be given an information sheet on the rodenticide used by the pest controller which provides further information.

Rat treatment, Rodent extermination 
, removal, elimination, How to get rid of rats, Rats removal
Rat treatment, Rodent extermination 
, removal, elimination, How to get rid of rats, Rats removal
Rat treatment, Rodent extermination 
, removal, elimination, How to get rid of rats, Rats removal
Rat treatment, Rodent extermination 
, removal, elimination, How to get rid of rats, Rats removal
Rat treatment, Rodent extermination 
, removal, elimination, How to get rid of rats, Rats removal
Rat treatment, Rodent extermination 
, removal, elimination, How to get rid of rats, Rats removal

Rats Infestation & Signs