How to get rid of Rats

To most people, Rats are frightening creature’s and can become a major pest once they have gained access into your property capable of causing untold damage to electrical cables, stored possessions, plastic pipes and wooden structures to name a few. On top of this, Rats enter our properties in search of food which they inevitably find it leaving behind a trail of droppings and urine which heightens the risk of disease associated with Rats.

Top tips for Rat prevention

Here are some simple tips to help you get rid of Rats:

  1. Compost –avoid putting organic food waste from your kitchen into your compost heap, this attracts Rats.
  2. Clutter in your garden – tidy areas of your garden where piles of garden waste and unwanted items have accumulated in order to eliminate  places where Rats hide and nest during the warmer months.
  3. Remove climbing plants – Although beautiful to look at, plants that have grown up the side of your house allow Rats to easily climb and seek access points into your property. Removing them 
  4. Clutter in your house – although loft spaces offer us the opportunity to store unused clothes, household items and other possessions we need out of the way, ensure that they are stored in metal storage containers if possible as Rats can gnaw easily through plastic and will enjoy turning your memories into nests.
  5. Bird seed – we all like to see a variety of birds in our gardens, with many of us helping to ensure they survive the long winter by offering them a guaranteed daily feast. Unfortunately, bird seed attracts Rats, it is a very easy and opportunistic meal for them. You don’t have to stop feeding the birds, but you can limit the risk of Rats by ensuring that the bird tables or feeders you use are high above the ground, and, to ensure clearing up the seed debris that has dropped to the ground every evening. I place a plastic sheet under my bird feeders which allows me to clean up very quickly every day.
  6. Food storage – where possible, keep food in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
  7. Kitchen cupboards – ensure all floor level cupboards are free from holes as Rats, once inside a kitchen, often spend time under the cupboard bases and will easily locate any access points into the storage spaces above.

Sewer Rats

Brown Rats are also known as Sewer Rats, and for good reason! Have you heard scurrying or scratching sounds in your walls? If the answer is yes, then it is more than likely that Rats have entered your property by crawling up the sewage pipes and finding a breach in the dated and damaged pipework close to your home. Once a breach is discovered, Rats, being a highly professional burrowers, will make their way into the cavity walls of your house in a very short space of time. Once inside the wall cavity, Rats travel with ease to other areas of your home and you will soon hear scratching and scurrying sounds coming from above your head from the loft or from under floors.

Unfortunately, once burrows have been made via the sewer system, it is usually only a matter of time before a new infestation becomes reality.

Although it is common for Rats to enter homes and places of business via the sewers, it is also just as common for them gain access via many other routes such as air brick vents, holes in walls and by climbing up wall plants to gain access into your loft space to name but a few. Rats are extremely intelligent and versatile mammals and only require a gap of approximately 2.5cm through which to gain access into our living and working environments.

It is almost impossible to totally protect our homes and places of business against Rats intrusions and it is an arduous task as there are many areas of a building to check. Here are a few suggestions on lessening the risk of a Rat infestation:

  • Have a drain survey carried out by a recognised drainage professional to identify possible damage to pipework close to your home
  • Check the outside of your property for holes that could easily be accessed by Rats. Remember Rats only need a gap of approximately 2.5cm through which to gain access
  • Check Air vents and even Laundry vents for damage and signs of Rats
  • Check soffit and gable ends for holes – especially if you have climbing plants such as Ivy growing up your outer walls
  • Check gaps around garage doors. It is quite common for Rats to gain access to your property via this route. Fitting bristle strips along the bottom of the door will help prevent this

Unfortunately, you are probably visiting our website because you have already discovered signs of Rats and are looking to get help from a professional Rat exterminator to ensure a swift and definite solution to a current Rat infestation.

Country Life Pest Control specialises in Rat extermination. By using a professional pest controller, you are ensuring the fasted way to take control of Rats through industry standard procedures and treatment methods such as:

  1. Property survey – we will inspect the inside and outside of your property in order to find the rodents access points or and to locate where they are most active.
  2. Treatment solutions – once the survey has been carried out Country Life Pest Control will decide upon the best course of action to get rid of your Rat infestation and tailor-make a treatment solution to take care of your Rat problem fast and efficiently.
  3. Prevention – as part of our survey findings report, we will offer you professional tips and advice on how to prevent Rats from coming back wherever possible.
  4. Certified – Our Pest Technicians are industry certified – RSPH Level 2 and adhere to the strict codes of practice governing the Pest Control industry.

Contact Country Life Pest Control to arrange your property survey today. We will help you get rid of Rats and advise on how to prevent future infestations.

Why should you choose Country Life Pest Control?

Fast and Friendly Service

Family-owned business with over 30 years customer service experience. You are guaranteed a friendly reassuring voice over the phone and excellent customer service, offering same-day call out or within 24 hours.

Fully Qualified and Insured

We are fully qualified to industry standard RSPH Level 2, Members of the NPTA and Members of the Professional Pest Controllers Register, so you are in safe hands.


Environmentally Sensitive

After an initial site survey, we will recommend the best treatment to solve your pest infestation. In all cases, all treatments are in line with current codes of practice and are both child and pet-friendly.

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In most cases, we are able to offer free quotations for control of pests over the phone and guarantee no call out charge on completed work.

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