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Rats are one of the main pest problems that comes with living in a big city and the surrounding suburbs. With densely packed houses, plenty of places to hide and dustbins to rummage through, it’s no surprise that rats thrive in more populated areas like Birmingham or Wolverhampton.
Why should you be worried about rats?
If you suspect you have a rat infestation on your property, it’s important to call a qualified rat pest control specialist (like us!).
Rats are considered a public health pest, which means they can be dangerous to your family, household pets or employees if the problem is left untreated. They can also cause a lot of damage to your home or business property, which could become extremely hazardous.
What do rat pests look like and how do they behave?
Brown rats are the most common in the United Kingdom and these are the pests you need to watch out for. They tend to be quite large (often weighing over half a kilogram!) and have fur that ranges from brown to black in colour.
In terms of where they inhabit, they tend to seek out sheltered spaces in your home, garden or workspace. Inside, they’ll make their home:
- 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?
Rat pest control is important, as these rodents are adaptable, fast and breed rapidly. That means that a small rat infestation can become a much larger problem as they begin to breed. In fact, a female rat can produce up to 12 litters of between 6 to 8 rats a year. If that happens, it can become a situation that’s impossible to deal with on your own.
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.
They can also contaminate your food as they rummage through to find something to eat. Rats tend to prefer cereal products but can be omnivorous and will happily eat anything in your kitchen or workspace. They tend to be more active at night, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your kitchen or food storage areas after dark.
If you notice gnaw marks in your home or business property, it’s because rats have to constantly chew to keep their ever-growing incisor teeth worn down. This behaviour can cause serious damage to your property. Rats will happily chew through woodwork, bricks, plumbing pipes, plastic and electrical cables. If your rat problem is left untreated, these rodents could cause structural damage and there is an increased risk of fire from damaged electrical cables. That’s why it’s essential to call a rat pest control expert as soon as possible to reduce the likelihood of serious damage.
Rat Removal Steps
Calling in a professional is the best way to remove rats from your property. 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. Rats are also adaptable animals, meaning they might not respond to your rat pest control attempts.
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.
Once you’ve spoken with our friendly team, we’ll inspect your property to decide the best way forward. When we’ve identified where the rats have made their home, our qualified technicians will start a course of treatments to remove the rats from your property. We will visit your property a number of times to ensure that the problem is being properly dealt with.
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.
As a part of our high-quality rat pest control, we’ll also provide you with some tips and advice for rat-proofing your property to prevent any future 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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The quickest and most efficient way to get rid of rats is by choosing a professional rat control service. We’ll remove the rats and seal entry points to prevent further infestation.
The most common pest rats in the United Kingdom are the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) species. Occasionally, Black Rats (Rattus rattus) can be a problem in homes and businesses too.
Rats are intelligent, making them difficult to kill with store-bought traps, baits and poisons. The best way to kill rats instantly is with professional help from a fully qualified expert.