Fee for domestic customers:
Commercial customers, please see the Fees for Commercial Customers page.
This covers four visits for rats affecting the inside of domestic premises.
Please Note: If investigation of drainage or structural defects is required we will carry out four further visits to maintain control, but visits after that will be charged for.
Covers four visits for rats affecting the outside of premises. The first treatment will be a combined survey and treatment visit.
All baits/traps will be removed on completion.
Further visits after that may incur additional charges.
Brown rats are also known as sewer rats, Norway rats or common rats.
Control of the rat is very important as they can carry a wide range of diseases and parasites which are potentially harmful to humans and other animals. Diseases such as Leptospirosis and Weil’s disease can be fatal in humans, and toxoplasmosis and salmonella may affect both humans and animals.
As well as spreading disease, rats can do a great deal of damage to the structures of buildings because they have to gnaw and so can cause serious damage to the fabric of buildings and risk of electrical faults, fire and structural collapse.
Professional help is needed to treat rats, particularly if you have an infestation in your home or business.
Brown rats are the most common rat in Britain. They are mainly found in close contact with humans.
During the autumn and winter months, rats seek shelter and food in warehouses, farms and roof spaces. Even in the summer months, if there is a ready supply of food, rats will take up permanent residence in buildings, rather than returning to the open countryside to feed on vegetation.
Rats are also often found in earth banks, compost or muckheaps, sewers and the structure of buildings. They may also be found in undisturbed storage areas, such as haystacks and heaps of tyres of pallets, and in piles of undisturbed rubbish if the sites are close to a ready supply of food.
Rats are creatures of habit. They are afraid of new things and new objects, and they like to move their food to their preferred feeding site. They also prefer group feeding. They will travel up to about 100 feet.
Brown rats will eat almost anything which is edible, but through choice prefer grain. They will also eat meat, including carrion and other animals, or indeed on other rats. On average, they will eat about 10% of their body weight every day, 25-30g, split into about 10 meals. Rats have to drink and need about 60ml of water each day.
Whilst it is possible to purchase rodenticide for home use remember if you don’t remove the cause of the initial infestation then re-infestation is highly likely to occur.
If you do decide to take action yourself by placing rodenticide baits, don’t forget that these baits are poisonous to humans, pets and other wildlife. Always ensure that you use products carefully and read the label before use.
If you would like more information about brown rats please contact us.