How do I know that I have a Rat problem?
Take a look at the key signs of a Rat infestation to help you identify the tell-tale signs in your home or business.
Prokill provides a reliable rat pest control service wherever it’s required – from removing one rat in a domestic property to baiting an industrial site that needs to keep down the resident rat population, we can provide the expertise and effective solutions.
Finding evidence of rat activity in your home or business premises should be acted on immediately – finding droppings that are 1-2cm long, damage to food packaging, wood or plastic, or shredded paper or cardboard means you need the services of a pest control expert.
And just like mice, rats can cause costly damage to property. Constantly gnawing, they will even chew through cables and wires and can cause electrical faults as a result. It’s always wise to check the details of your buildings insurance policy if your property is susceptible to rat infestation; many insurance companies list fire caused by rodent damage within the exclusions to cover.
Rat Droppings Brown Rat droppings are dark brown in a tapered, spindle shape.
Rub Marks As dirty creatures, they will often leave greasy, dirty stains on surfaces they have been in contact with.
Rat Holes Brown Rats are known for digging extensive burrows – check your property.
Seen these signs? Contact your local Prokill expert onlineor call 0800 328 9354.
Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
The Brown rat, also known as the sewer rat, or the Norway rat, is the most commonly found of the two rats within the UK and Ireland. This rodent pest breeds throughout the year with remarkable success. The gestation period lasts for up to 21 days, and the young rat reaches sexual maturity at 8-12 weeks, able to have in the region of 6 litters per year with a litter size of up to eight baby rats.
Black Rat (Rattus rattus)
This rat species is now very rare in the UK and Ireland. For this reason, they are normally found in ports and similar transit areas. The black rat can be identified by their small body, large ears, pointed nose, tail longer than its body, and movement similar to that of a squirrel.
Get Rid of Rats
After identifying a Rat problem, its important to act – fast. The correct treatment against rats is vitally important in professional control.
Comprehensive Rat Control for Businesses
A rat problem can be extremely detrimental to both business operation and reputation if not dealt with quickly and effectively. Our discreet service is the perfect solution for unwanted visitors in the commercial environment.
“We had been plagued with rats and mice and we had struggled to find a Pest Control company who could solve the problem. Prokill were the only company to properly investigate and find the reason for our problem. 12 week later and we are now able to sleep at night!”
Trevor J, Residential
Local Rat Control near your Home
A rat problem can be significantly distressing to discover in your home. Leave Prokill Pest Control Professionals to eliminate and prevent further infestations while walking you through helpful advice to match our professional solutions.
“Our previous pest control contractor delivered an unsatisfactory service. We moved our contract to Prokill who have delivered professional effective pest control. Prokill have always provided good advice and assistance when ever additional help has been needed. All this has been delivered with some good old fashioned values, warm friendly professional service at competitive prices.”
What steps can you take? Follow these simple tips to make sure you prevent a Rat problem before it happens.
Keep foodstuffs in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
Tidy inside the house and around the garden – less clutter means less places to hide.
Put outdoor rubbish bags in metal bins with securely fitted lids to stop them feeding from contents.
Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids – preferably above ground level.
Keep gardens free from debris and keep clutter to a minimum.
If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.
Your local Prokill Professional will provide you with advice like this and more in your FREE Prokill Pest Audit, as well as creating a comprehensive control plan that is specific to your problem and environment. Contact us to book yours today!