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Rat infestation signs

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 drastically reduce the length of time needed to effectively control an infestation. Rats are able to breed quickly and a small problem has the potential to develop into a serious issue if left unmanaged.

Call Rentokil today at 877-690-2115 if you are worried about a rat problem.

How to identify signs of rats

As nocturnal creatures, rats are most active between dusk and dawn and usually hide from humans during the day. It is often easier to spot signs of a problem, rather than the actual pest.

  • Rat droppings - They are usually found in concentrated areas as rats produce up to 50 droppings per night. Brown rat droppings are dark brown in a tapered, spindle shape and are about 9mm - 14mm long. They can resemble a large grain of rice.

  • Scratching noises - Roof rats are agile climbers and can easily gain access to loft spaces and upper floors of buildings. Hearing scratching noises at night from above may suggest their presence. Norway rats are less adept climbers. You may hear them scurrying under decking, sheds and floorboards. Both species make a grinding noise with their teeth known as bruxing.

  • Footprints (running tracks) - Rats leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of buildings. Shining a strong flashlight at a low angle should reveal tracks clearly. To establish if an infestation is active, sprinkle fine flour or talc along a small stretch of floor near the footprints and check for fresh tracks the next day.

  • Rub marks - Rats use established routes along baseboards and walls due to their poor eyesight. Grease and dirt on their bodies leave smudges and dark marks on both objects and surfaces by repeatedly brushing up against them. These marks may indicate rodent activity, but as smears may remain for a long period of time, they are not a good gauge of an active infestation.

  • Damage - Rats' teeth grow continuously, so they need to chew on wood and plastic to keep them trim. They have the potential to cause fires by chewing through electrical cables. You may also notice ripped food packaging, as rats tear open food, leaving visible teeth marks.

  • Nests - Rats build nests in warm, hidden places using shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. Nests will often contain young rats and are usually located close to a food source. Check behind and under appliances, such as fridges and freezers in or near your kitchen.

  • Burrows - Norway rats are well known for digging and excavating extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting. Look for burrows in compost heaps, under decking or garden sheds, or in garages.

Have you spotted rat droppings?

If you think you have rats, it is important to act quickly to control the level of infestation and reduce the health risks posed by these rodents.

At Rentokil, our qualified local Technicians are backed by global knowledge and innovation. We are able to provide the most effective services to get rid of rats. We can also advise you on how to deter rats in the first place and avoid an infestation in your home or business.

Call us today at 877-690-2115 or contact us online to arrange effective solutions to get rid of rats quickly.


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