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Of the many types of rodents that you may encounter, rats are possibly the most common for those residing within large cities and built-up urban locales. Densely packed houses provide plenty of spaces to hide and food scraps upon which to feed making for a favourable location to set up a nest and start breeding.

How should I deal with a rat infestation?

A rat infestation is never an issue you should look to resolve yourself; Instead, call a team of qualified rat pest control experts to undertake the rat removal in a safe and efficient manner.

Considered a public health pest, rats frequently spread unpleasant diseases when allowed to access food stores or roam freely. Due to their love of burrowing and biting, they may also cause damage to electrical systems or structural supports – something that could put the health of you and your loved ones at risk.

What do rat pests look like and how do they behave?

In providing our rat pest control services, by far the most common breed we encounter is the brown rat: one of the most common rodents in the United Kingdom and one often requiring professional rat removal services in order to dispose of safely. This breed often weights over half a kilogram and has fur that can colour either black or brown.

The locations they frequent is what adds an element of challenge to rat pest control as they frequently seek out sheltered spaces in your home, garden or workspace with the most common spaces including:


  • under floorboards,
  • in wall cavities
  • in the loft
  • in your roof space

In the garden, they’ll look for hidden places like:


  • grassy banks
  • underneath your shed and outbuildings.

Why is rat pest control so important?

The value in rat pest control comes from how challenging they can be to dispose of without the necessary equipment and experience. Rats tend to be fast, adaptable, and quick-breeding, attributes that can make rat removal a real hassle if not addressed promptly and efficiently. With a female rat able to produce up to 12 litters of between 6 to 8 rats a year – if given free reign of your property – the situation can quickly escalate and harsher rat pest control solutions will need to be implemented.

Why you need to keep your home or business rat-free

Rats can carry nasty diseases like Weil’s Disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma Gondii and Hantavirus. Some of these health conditions can be deadly, making a rat infestation all the more dangerous.

While looking for food scraps to eat around a property, rats tend to cause contamination to food stores. Mainly preferring cereal products, they are more than happy to eat pretty much anything they may find around your kitchen; they primarily do so during the night (at which time they are most active) and it may be worth keeping an eye on your kitchen or food storage areas after dark if you believe a rat infestation is present.

Due to their ever-growing incisor teeth, rats have to constantly chew in order to keep their teeth worn down, a behaviour that can lead to them chewing through woodwork, bricks, plumbing pipes, plastic and electrical cables. When left to their own devices for a longer period of time, this can lead to substantial structural damage as well as an increased risk of fire from damaged electrical cables. An experienced rat pest control expert can identify the early signs of a rat infestation and implement a rat removal solution that quickly remedies the problem and keeps your property safe.

Rat Removal Steps

A rat pest control company such as Willis Pest Control offer the most comprehensive rat removal solutions on the market. While it’s possible to buy rat poison or traps on the high street, these often don’t treat the underlying cause and may not be a permanent solution. Also, if not carried out correctly or if underestimating or not fully locating the rat hiding locations and their numbers, you’re very unlikely to be successful in your rat removal attempts only serving to agitate the rats and make their actions unpredictable.

Versatility is at the heart of the rat pest control services we provide; we understand that every property is unique and may therefore have different requirements when it comes to pest control – requirements we are keen to meet without encroaching on the day-to-day functionality of the office, home, or commercial property. Naturally, we have access to tools and experience that allow us to handcraft a bespoke rat removal solution for maximum efficiency in resolving a rat infestation of any size or shape.

After having consulted with a member of our friendly team, we will look to carry out a thorough inspection of your property. By doing so, we are able to locate where the rats have made their home and construct a plan as to how they can be best removed. From this point, our team will implement your rat pest control solution, visiting your property multiple times to ensure that these solutions are having the desired outcome.

In fact, we’re so confident in our service that we have a two-month guarantee that your rat problem won’t return. Don’t forget that we operate a 24/7 rat pest control service too, meaning we’re here to help at any time of day or night.

Before we leave your property having carried out a successful rat removal, we’ll provide you with some tips and advice for securing your property to prevent any future rat infestations. If necessary, we might also recommend that we disinfect your property to ensure that no bacteria, germs or diseases are left behind once the rats are removed.

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Dealing With Pest Infestations

Our expert rat pest control service is guaranteed to safely and effectively remove the problem in your property. We know that every home or workplace is different and that rats can adapt to a wide range of different situations. That’s why we ensure that every rat pest control job we do is tailored specifically for the challenges of that particular home or business. Whether you have a big or small rat infestation, contact us to find out how we can help you today.

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