The Brown Rat is the most common rodent pest in the UK.
Description: Rats are generally larger than mice. They have many distinguishable attributes including: Smaller ears, a thicker hairless tail, larger feet and thinner rod-shaped droppings.
Habitat: includes rivers & streams, fields, buildings and sewers. Black rats like to build their nests high up, while brown rats will keep their nests closer to the ground.
Diet: Rats can be found anywhere offering food, water and shelter. They like to feed undercover. They are neophobic which means therefore cautious with new objects and food sources.
Lifecycle: A rapid breeder with 3-6 litters per year of a litter size of 8, they are sexually mature at 10-12 weeks.
How to tell if you have an infestation:
- Noises especially from attics & under floors.
- Gnawing marks.
- Greasy smears left on walls, pipes and around floor joists, against which they habitually brush.
Harmful Health Effects
Not only are they unsanitary creatures that cause nasty diseases to you and your family including: Hantavirus, Salmonella and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis. They also cause damage to your home by nibbling away wood from the structure of your house.
Both humane and aggressive solutions are available, and a full risk assessment will be carried out before the treatment commences looking at a number of factors. For example: does the property contain children, cats or dogs that could get access to the bait?
The most effective treatment is normally a mixture of proofing & Anticoagulant bait stations with industrial traps baited with our secret formula high protein attractant. The treatment normally requires 2-3 visits normally 7-10 days apart.
For all your rat problems:
Call us on 0800 533 5121 (freephone) or
Northampton 01604 529333 Wellingborough 01933 808010
or text us on 07544 887827