Rats

Rats are extremely destructive, causing problems such as electrical fires from gnawing on wiring & contamination of food products. Rats are known to carry diseases such as salmonella and Weil’s disease, which is potentially fatal to humans and can contaminate foodstuffs and goods. Rats are capable of squeezing through spaces that appear to be much too small for them.

Appearance

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Rats range in size from about 7-9.5 inches long and have small eyes and ears. They have tails shorter than their bodies: body up to 8 inches and tail up to 4 inches. Theyare usually varying shades of a grey/brown in colour. Droppings are capsule-shaped with blunt ends. 35 to 40 cm in length),

Breeding

Rats have 7–8 young per litter, and between 3–6 litters a year. The gestation period is about 3 weeks. It only takes 10–12 weeks from birth to reach sexual maturity.

Treating the problem

Most calls we receive are people with rats in the garden or rats in inaccessible places in their home such as the attic or between walls. Our service technicians can provide you with a high quality service and support to deal with your rat problem using nothing but the best quality products and latest techniques. We Guarantee you will receive a personal service and advice every step of the way. Call today 01 4509812

How to get rid of Rats and Mice

A Rat will quite happily live along side you in your home. They are mainly active at night, they can eat about 10% of their own body weight of food daily they also require a regular supply of water. Most calls we get about rats people report hearing noise in the attic or in the walls, most of this noise is because their front teeth are continuously grow and to keep the teeth at a perfect length the rat needs to gnaw on hard objects all the time.

Things that can attract rats to your garden.

  • Bins – make sure you place the lids on your bins, don’t leave back bag out the back.
  • Food for pets and birds that has not been eaten. Birdseed on the ground, pet food in pet dishes, bread crumbs, etc.
  • Fruits and berries that have fallen to the ground.
  • Compost pile /bin that isn’t taken care of the right way (do not put meat, fish, poultry, or dairy in the compost)

Why do rodents come into buildings ?

Rats move into buildings for shelter and food, this normally happen around autumn or winter, however they can decided to move indoor at any time of the year. Once inside your home they tend to be found in the following area’s

    • Inside the insulation of walls or ceilings
    • In or behind cupboards, counters and under the bath
    • Near the boiler
    • In attics ( lots of lovely insulation to keep them warm)
    • Under the floor

People report the following signs that there may be rats or mice in their home:

  • Noise (Scratching & Gnawing noise)
  • Rat droppings
  • Damage to food
  • Footprints on dusty surfaces
  • Unusual smells

Habits:

Rats are very agile and climb easily, often entering houses in the Autumn when outside food sources become more scarce.

Norway rats live in fields, farm lands and in buildings/structures. Rats can often be found in woodpiles.

A female rat is capable of giving birth to four to six litters per year, each containing five to ten offspring. These young rats can reproduce within three months after birth. In one year a pair of rats can produce a population of up to 700.

Rat Prevention:

Keep outdoor bins well sealed and away from houses and buildings. Remove water, debris and other rat harbourage opportunities. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch.