What do rats look like?
The common rat typically has brownish fur on its back and is grey underneath, but colour can vary from white to black.
Where do they live?
Common rats live in any situation that provides food, water and shelter. In homes, they will live in roof spaces, wall cavities and under floorboards. In gardens, they will burrow into compost heaps and grassy banks or under sheds. Rats are often found living near sewer systems; they are agile climbers and excellent swimmers.
What do they eat?
Rats are omnivorous and will eat almost anything humans eat. Most damage caused by rats is through gnawing and ripping open packets of food. They also spoil and contaminate food with urine, droppings and hairs.
What are the signs of infestation?
Sightings of live rats or droppings
Rats are particularly active at night, but may be seen during the day searching for food, water and shelter.
Rats follow the same routes when moving around and often leave trails through grass and low vegetation.
Rats can build complex tunnel systems, which often extend deep into the ground. Entrance holes 70-120mm in diameter will be seen in grassy banks, under tree roots and at the edge of paving or drain cover surrounds.
Why must rats be controlled?
Rats can transmit many diseases to humans, including salmonellosis (food poisoning) and Weils disease, usually from the urine of infected rats.
Rats may also cause considerable damage to buildings, foundations and other structures due to gnawing and burrowing.
How can I get rid of rats?
We use poison (rodenticide) and put in a safe and secure place out of reach children and pets.
Use of rodenticide can take 4-12 days to take effect.
We always give advice on proofing after the treatment.
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