The most common rat in this area is the brown rat. As their name suggests, they are predominantly brown in colour. Their bodies are between 15-19cm (6-8 inches) and 25-30cm (10-12 inches) if you include their tails. They can weigh up to 450g (1lb). It is likely that you will see the rat before you notice the smaller signs of their presence. Their droppings are cylindrical, 6-8mm in length, but vary in colour depending on diet and environment. Typical damage caused by rats includes gnawed wood, plastic etc. Other good indications are the appearance of rat runs (worn paths that the rats use to travel on), and holes in the garden around 2-3 inches in diameter. Rats can pose a risk to health as they are associated with Leptospirosis, Salmonellosis and Typhoid.
About the treatment
Our pest control officer will survey your property and lay rodenticides as appropriate. We can offer advice on prevention of re-infestation and other contributory factors. After the first visit, a date will be agreed for a further appointment, during which we will move or replenish rodenticides as necessary. We will continue to visit until the treatment is complete. On the final visit the officer will remove all accessible baits. For further details, please see the about the service page. We are committed to safe and responsible use of rodenticides, in line with the Wildlife Aware Campaign.
Booking your appointment
Please call 01903 737755 to arrange a pest control appointment. This service is chargeable, please see our Pest Control Fees page for more information. The fee will be payable at the time of booking, so please have your card details ready. We will not usually be able to refund the payment once treatment is underway. If the rats return within 14 days of your last visit we will call back and charge half price for the visit and treatment. If the problem reoccurs after this time, this will be dealt with as a new treatment and a full charge will apply.