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Rat control methods

Rats are well known to spread disease, damage property and contaminate food and animal feed. If they are able to gain entry into your home or business, they can introduce other unwelcome parasites like fleas, lice and ticks.

Acting at the first sign of a suspected problem can help to dramatically reduce the length of time needed to effectively control a rat infestation. Rats are able to breed quickly and a small problem has the potential to develop into a serious issue if left unmanaged.

Dual AutoGate Connect

Utilising a smart gate mechanism, Dual Autogate Connect’s sensors distinguish between rats and mice, and only opening when rodent activity is detected. When the sensor is triggered, the motorised door opens to allow only target rodent species into the station, preventing non-target pests, animals, and unauthorised personnel from accessing the rodent baits.

Dual AutoGate Connect provides you with an effective multi-rodent detection, monitoring and treatment solution, allowing rapid protection and control for rats around the exterior of your property.

As part of our digital pest control family of solutions, it provides you with real-time information on the rodent activity in your business which is accessible via our online reporting and analysis system, myRentokil

  • For businesses and highly-regulated environments
  • Reduces pesticide impact on the environment
  • Restricts bait access to target rodent species

Rat Riddance Connect

This non-toxic solution provides discreet and continuous 24/7 monitoring and capture, thus minimising the risk associated with rats.

Rat Riddance Connect sends immediate notification of a rat capture, which results in rapid response from Rentokil technicians, who will remove the rodent, reset the trap and inspect the area to determine points of rat entry. 

Rat Riddance Connect forms part of the PestConnect system, offering additional benefits via the online reporting and analysis system, myRentokil, including easy-to-access detailed reporting and audit compliance.

  • Suited to highly-regulated businesses
  • Non-toxic rodent solution
  • Immediate notification of rat capture

Rodent baiting

Rodent bait is formulated to control the presence of rats. It is available in various forms including toxic and non-toxic.

Our rodent baiting solution can be placed in and around structures, near rodent burrows, at entry points and in transport vehicles.

Rodent baits are contained in secured lock bait stations. These are suitable for all weather conditions and are successfully tested to ensure they offer effective treatment against rats. They keep staff, customers and members of the public safe from inadvertent harm. They are designed to be tamper resistant so they can be used in areas where there may be pets of children present.

  • For businesses in the warehousing, education, food processing and healthcare sectors
  • Suitable for all weather conditions
  • Safe for areas where pets and children are present

Rodent proofing

As rats are relentless in their search for water, food and shelter, they will find and exploit any opportunity they have to try and enter your home or business. 

Our rodent proofing solutions will help make it seem less attractive to rats and eliminate any potential entry points to help reduce the risk of a rat infestation in your property.

Rentokil will provide you with detailed recommendations and rodent proofing solutions for your home or business. For commercial properties, proofing may extend to Rentokil’s Flexi Armour range including dock levellers, sealants and mesh.

  • Suited to business and home environments
  • Avoid costly damage to your property
  • Prevent the transfer of disease

Rodent tracking

Rentokil UV Tracking Gel is a specially formulated non-toxic fluorescent gel that highlights rodent tracks on virtually any vertical or horizontal surface. The gel does not dry out and when the rodents run over it or climb on a surface where it has been applied, it sticks to the feet, belly, and tail.

The rat leaves a trail of the gel wherever it goes. The fluorescent dye in the gel lights up when a UV torch is shone on it by a Rentokil technician, highlighting rat trails in a building. This gives a good indication of where to put traps or bait and helps to determine control measures to take and advice to prevent further infestation.

  • Suited to business and home environments
  • Formulated substance that helps identify root cause of difficult rat infestations
  • Designed to track and understand rat habits

Rodent education and training

We can provide your staff with expert education and training to help spot the early signs of rats and valuable tips around hygiene practices and proofing techniques to help make your business less appealing to these rodents.

  • For business with a legal requirement for food safety
  • Ensures your staff is aware of the best practices for rat prevention
  • Keeps your business protected

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