Rats pose a significant health risk to humans and their pets. Common diseases carried by rats include Salmonella, Weil’s disease, E.coli and TB. Rodents also carry fleas, mites and ticks; the bites of which can cause acute allergic reactions.
If rats are getting into your home, it’s an extremely serious problem, even if they are not directly entering a living area. Any rat problem inside the home must be treated urgently. Rats in the garden and other external areas can also be a high risk, particularly in areas used by children or pets. It is important to get rid of rats in the garden and implement rodent control solutions to reduce the risk of rodents trying to enter your home.
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Rats are nocturnal and usually hide from humans. Typical signs of a rat infestation in the home are:
There are various actions that you can take to keep rats away and prevent your rat problem from escalating:
Seal any cracks, gaps and vents that may act as entry points through which rats can gain access, and also ensure that food is stored away in containers so as not to attract rodents. Make sure that outdoor refuse is kept in closed bins. See more tips on how to get rid of rats.
A rat infestation can quickly get out of hand if an effective rodent control programme is not implemented. A wide range of DIY rat control products - such as rat repellent devices, rat traps or rat bait - are available in DIY stores, garden centres and grocery stores, and are usually suitable for dealing with rats in low risk areas. These solutions will help you get rid of rats in your home in the short term. See products to get rid of rats.
While amateur DIY rodent control products are a cost effective way to regulate a rat problem in low risk areas, professional pest control is required for high risk areas, more established rat colonies or where there are repeated rat infestations. Rentokil’s qualified service technicians will provide you with a highly targeted rat control treatment to get rid of rats and effectively deal with any rat problem. Our Pest Control Specialists will provide you with expert advice on how to keep your home free of rats in the future.
Rentokil offers a call-out service to our residential customers who are in need of rat control solutions as well as advice on how to get rid of rats and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.
If you would like further advice on how to get rid of rats, or to arrange a visit from one of our pest control technicians, please call us free on 0800 117 852 or drop us a line.