Rats

If rats are getting into your home or workspace, it’s a serious problem, even if they are not directly entering a living area or work space. Rats in the garden and other external areas can also be a high risk, particularly in areas used by children, staff or pets.

Call Rentokil on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us for advice on rat control solutions, or to arrange a visit from your local pest control technician. Trust the experts to provide you with effective ways on how to get rid of rats and prevent future rat infestations.

The dangers that rats pose to your home and business:

Potential harm that can be caused by rats in the house:

  • Rodents are known to spread diseases such as Salmonella, Weil’s disease, E.coli and TB.
  • Rodents also carry fleas, mites and ticks; the bites of which can cause acute allergic reactions.
  • Rats contaminate foods which can be detrimental to your health, and also cause damage to goods; for instance chewing through electrical wiring that can cause fires.

Rats Signs

Rat fact: As rodents’ incisors grow at a rate of 0.4mm a day, they need to constantly gnaw to keep them down to size.

Why your Business needs rat control:

  • Alarm: immediate loss of customer and employee trust
  • Damage: to goods, foodstuffs and your health and hygiene reputation, and also cause damage to stock and buildings
  • Cost: can be considerable, as temporary closure may be necessary
  • Legal: failure to comply with legislation

How to spot the Warning Signs indicating a potential Rat Problem

Rats are nocturnal and usually hide from humans. Typical signs of a rat infestation in the home are:

  • Rats Control Scratching noises in the walls or under the floor as rats scurry around
  • Droppings: rats leave behind dark, tapered droppings of about 10-14mm in length
  • Distinctive Smell: rats leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in enclosed areas such as under cupboards
  • Smear marks on areas where they frequent
  • Damage to cables, furniture and concrete finishings
  • Ripped food packaging: which contaminates food
  • Nests in the home and burrows in your garden.

Rat species:

Rats Species Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus):

Brown rats are up to 40 cm in length, with a tail shorter than their head and body. They have 3 – 6 litters a year, and reach sexual maturity within 10 – 12 weeks from birth. The brown rat is usually ground living and burrowing, but sometimes also climbs. Their preferred foods are cereals, and they will eat around 30g of food a day and drink 60ml of liquids!

Black Rat Black Rat (Rattus Rattus):

With a body smaller than the brown rat, the black rat is up to 24 cm in length, with a tail longer than its head and body. They have between 3 – 6 litters a year, and reach sexual maturity within 12 – 16 weeks from birth. Black Rats often climb, are very agile, rarely burrow and are rarely found outdoors - which is why one is most likely to find them indoors, or in roofs. They will consume around 15g of food a day (of which moist fruits are preferred) and drink 15ml of liquids.

How to get rid of rats

There are various actions that you can take to get rid of rats and prevent your pest problem from escalating:

  • Seal cracks, gaps and vents that may act as entry points with caulking through which rats can gain access into your home or workplace
  • Openings through walls and ceilings should be sealed with mineral wool or fine-meshed wire netting to prevent access.
  • Rats are able to squeeze through holes and door gaps as small as 1 cm! To get rid of rats before they become permanent houseguests, ensure that doors are equipped with bristle strips or rubber lips.
  • Ensure that leftover food is stored away in airtight containers so as not to attract rodents and regularly clean under cookers and fridges.
  • Make sure that outdoor refuse is kept in closed bins.

Rat poison, rat traps and rat bait

A wide range of DIY rat control products - such as rat repellent devices, rat poison or traps - are available in your local supermarket and are usually suitable for dealing with rats in low risk areas. These solutions will help you get rid of rats in your home and workplace in the short term. Be sure to read warning labels carefully, and keep these products away from children and pets.

Steps for Professional Rat Control

Rats Bait While 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.

  • Call Rentokil Pest Control on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us to ensure you receive the most effective method of rat control for your business or home.
  • Arrange immediate removal of rats and mice using rodenticides (rat poison) put in place by our qualified Rentokil pest control technicians.
  • Providing rat control solutions: we place rodent bait stations on your premises to ensure you get rid rats effectively.
  • Schedule regular rodent control visits to prevent further outbreaks.
  • Our pest control experts will provide you with advice on how to keep your work or living space free of rats in the future.

Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family, staff and pets. Trust Rentokil’s qualified service technicians to provide you with a highly targeted rat control service to get rid of rats and effectively deal with any rat problem. 

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