East Anglian Pest Control
Rat Pest Control
Specialists in identifying and controlling rats
Comprehensive Rat Control
Residential & Commercial Rat Control
Rats are a common pest in the UK. Their population here is thought to stand at around 80 million, particularly in the Essex and Suffolk area. These creatures are known to invade both residential and commercial properties, but can also become issues in gardens and yards. There are two main species of rat present in the UK; the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus), and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus). The brown rat the species most frequently dealt with by East Anglia Pest Control.
The brown rat is a threat to health, and to the integrity of the properties it infests. It, in common with most rats, carries a multitude of diseases and pathogens, including Weils Disease, E. Coli and Salmonella. These can be passed on to humans through contamination, and cause serious illness. In addition to this, the brown rat is known to cause significant damage to property through gnawing. Though the Brown Rat’s diet consists primarily of fruits and meat, it is known to chew through wires and wood, causing potential fire hazards.
For the above reasons, it is vital to control rat infestations as soon as they become apparent. There are many DIY solutions on the market, but the most effective way to deal with this pest is to contact a professional pest controller, such as East Anglian Pest Control.
Don’t wait for the rodent to find a better place and just leave your home, book your rat removal service today with East Anglian Pest Control.
Identifying a Rat Problem
Rats, being nocturnal creatures, will often remain out of sight, however, there are several tell-tale signs of their presence in and around properties. These include;
- Dark, tapered droppings, around 20mm in length. These are often found near food sources, under sinks, in cupboards, and in general hidden areas.
- Gnaw marks on food containers, furniture, or the property itself. These tend to be larger than those made by mice, and can be attributed to rats’ larger teeth (rat incisors never stop growing).
- A foul, ammonia-like odour, which can be attributed to rat urine. This may be seen in puddles, but can often be smelled before it is seen. Often found in areas of high traffic, or near nests.
- Visible tracks, indicating areas of high traffic. These may appear in the form of urine stains, smudge marks, footprints, or droppings. Brown rats in particular have oily fur, which will leave stains along walls and floors.
- Audible scratching in walls, floors, and ceilings, particularly during the night. Rats are known to widen potential entry points, gnawing or scratching away plaster, wood, and other inedible materials in the process of doing so.
- Distinctive footprints left in dusty areas. These are commonly seen in areas in which rats shelter, such as attic or basement spaces.
If any of these signs seem familiar, it is important to combat the issue as soon as possible in order to prevent further infestation. East Anglian pest control are specialists in rodent control, and able to devise specialised solutions for a wide variety of properties and infestation issues. Get in contact now to arrange a consultation.
East Anglian Pest Control’s
Rat Control Treatments
In addition to helping homeowners in residential settings, We are well known for supporting local businesses with commercial pest solutions. Whether a home or place of work, we are experts at preventing insect and rodent infestations as much as removing them.
Professional Rat Control Treatments
Our BPCA and TEC certified technicians have years of experience in devising and employing effective rat control treatments.
East Anglia Pest Control will offer an initial consultation and inspection of the affected property, before proceeding with a solution tailored to your requirements. In the case of rats and rodents, these solutions often include the use of industry standard rodenticides, or bait stations. Preventative measures may also be employed to ensure rats do not return to the property following treatment. All of these measures will adhere strictly to health and safety regulation.
A professional service is often the most effective way in which to deal with a rat infestation, and the sooner the issue is dealt with, the better. Don’t hesitate – get in contact with us today.
Deterrence After Care
- Doors – fitting bristle strips to the bottom of doors prevent entry.
- Pipework – seal holes around existing or new pipes.
- Patch Holes – check that old pipework holes are sealed too.
- Air Bricks and Vents – cover these with fine galvanised wire mesh to prevent mice from entering.
- Eaves – fix damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal any gaps.
- Vegetation – trim tree branches back from the house. Vines, shrubs or overhanging branches can be used for mice to get onto roofs. Overgrown vegetation close to the walls will offer mice shelter and potential nesting sites.
- Lawns – keep the grass mown short to reduce shelter and food. Leave a gap between the building & the garden.
We understand both the importance of hygiene standards. We can provide your business with effective pest control services, guaranteed to eradicate your pest infestation. We aim to protect your business and make sure you comply with the legal requirements for food safety.
We can offer warehouse fumigation services. Certain types of foodstuffs and basic commodities are suitable for this sort of pest treatment. We use phosphine gas, under strictly controlled conditions, to ensure the goods are not cross-contaminated. The treatment is carried out in a secure location, well away from any buildings.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
We pride ourselves on providing the best possible service for all businesses operating in the hospitality sector; we understand your customers and business reputation are at stake when a pest infestation is present. Our reputable pest removal services will keep your customers safe and ultimately enhance the way people will perceive your establishment.
C.R.R.U – Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use
We are proud members of the CRRU, and feel that we, as pest controllers, should be doing our best to protect non-target species. We aim to achieve this by using safe and responsible pest control and wildlife management methods, in line with our pledge as industry professionals to lead by example. Examples of our responsible control methods include a reduction in our use of rodenticides, and ensuring all deceased pests are cleared from properties to prevent second-hand poisoning.
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Comprehensive Rat Control
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Rat Pest Control
Rat Control Information
East Anglian Pest Control has over 34 years of experience in the pest solution industry. We like to keep our clients up to date with pest information. Below are our latest articles related to rodent pest control.
Mouse Pest Control
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs of a rat infestation?
Mice, being nocturnal creatures, will often remain out of sight, however, there are several tell-tale signs of their presence in properties. These include;
Dark, tapered droppings, around 20mm in length. These are often found near food sources, under sinks, in cupboards, and in general hidden areas.
Gnaw marks on food containers, furniture, or the property itself. These tend to be larger than those made by mice, and can be attributed to rats’ larger teeth.
A foul, ammonia-like odour, which can be attributed to rat urine. This may be seen in puddles, but can often be smelled before it is seen.
Visible tracks, indicating areas of high traffic. These may appear in the form of urine stains, smudge marks, footprints, or droppings. Brown rats in particular have oily fur, which will leave stains along walls and floors.
Audible scratching in walls, floors, and ceilings, particularly during the night.
Distinctive footprints left in dusty areas.
How do I get rid of rats?
There are many ways to remove rats from your property, all with varying degrees of effectiveness. Tried and true methods include traps and bait stations, in addition to the elimination of entry points using material such as steel wool or caulk. The correct placement of traps is very important. Due to the reclusive nature of rats, the size of infestations is very often underestimated, making a quick solution hard to come by.
If you are concerned that rats or rodents have entered your property, the best solution is to contact a professional pest controller, who will deal with the infestation promptly, safely, and effectively.
I found one rat in my property, are there more?
Unfortunately, rats are social creatures by nature, often living in nests close to one another. If one rat has been sighted in your property, the likelihood is that there are more living in rarely used spaces such as any loft space, basements, or between walls. Rats are known to give birth to three to six litters of six to thirteen pups, meaning a small infestation can grow incredibly quickly. For this reason, it is vital to deal with a rat issue as soon as possible.
Why are there rats in my garden?
Garden and yard spaces can prove to be a suitable habitat for rats, providing both shelter and food sources. Rats may take shelter in sheds, greenhouses, garages, or even overgrown areas, whilst feeding on produce and plants present in the garden. In addition to this, their proximity to property may result in the migration of rats into spaces such as attics and basements if food sources are also available indoors.
Sightings of rats in gardens during the day are commonly reported. These rats are most likely desperately searching for a new food source, as they are normally nocturnal feeders.
How do I deal with rats in my garden?
Rats come to gardens seeking food and shelter, so, in order to prevent their return, the best initial steps to take are to prevent access to both. Sealing gaps of 15mm or more with materials such as steel wool or caulk should prevent entry to spaces used as shelter. Removing any clutter and potential nesting materials such as clippings should further prevent this.
Any household waste should be secured, and rubbish bags containing food should not be left out for extended periods of time. Any compost bins should be covered.
Any bird or wildlife feed should be put on a bird table or in a suspended feeder. In order to reduce risk of rats accessing this food, it should be cleared away before nightfall.
If you are concerned that rats are sheltering or nesting in your garden, or feel the issue is out of your control, the best option is to contact a professional pest controller, who will deal with the issue promptly, safely and effectively.
What attracts rats?
As is the case with most rodents, the main attractor for rats is an easily accessible food source. This applies to both inside properties, and in gardens and yards. Rats are omnivores, and are very opportunistic, so have been known to eat just about anything, including rubbish. Rubbish left out in bags and unsecured bins provides both food and shelter to rats.
Rats seek warm shelters close to these food sources, preferring spaces with low human traffic. Spaces such as basements, garages, sheds, and storage cupboards make perfect nesting grounds for rats.
Do rats bite?
Rats are known to bite if scared or cornered – though this is rarely reported. This may occur when trying to capture a rat, or if their nest is disturbed or any reason. Bites must be dealt with swiftly, as rats are known to carry a range of diseases and viruses which may result in serious illness. The risk of suffering a rat bite, though low, is one of the many reasons that dealing with a rat infestation is best left to a professional in pest control.
What do rats eat?
Rats’ diets vary from location to location, with rats in rural areas eating slightly differently to those in urban areas. Rural rats are more likely to consume plants, seeds, and berries – as they are easily accessible in this setting. Despite this, rats are omnivores, and eat opportunistically. They are known to eat just about anything, including rubbish, meat, pet food, and human food. This diet is more common in urban rats.
In order to prevent rat infestations, it is important to secure potential food sources both indoors and outdoors. This includes rubbish, and any pet food left by doors.
How big are rats?
The size of a rat varies from species to species. The more common species of rat found in the UK, the brown rat, can grow to be up to 28 centimetres in length, and weigh between 350 and 500 grams.
How long do rats live?
The lifespan of a rat varies slightly from species to species, and, is influenced by whether or not the rat is bred and raised in captivity. The average captive rat can live for up to four years, whilst wild rats live for around two to three.
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