Rats: Information and advice

How to identify them

The Brown Rat is the most common rat species in Britain,

  • They often weigh over half a kilo and measure about 23cm, without counting the tail.
  • It has a blunt muzzle, small hair-covered ears and a tail that is shorter than its body.
  • Rats carry many nasty diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine and includes; Leptospirosis or Weil's disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii and Hantavirus.
  • Rats breed rapidly and one breeding pair may produce up to 100 young in a single year.

Pest Control Rat

How are they treated?


For the treatment of rats our Pest Control Officers will carry out a survey of your property and if there is evidence of rat activity, will if necessary choose the appropriate rodenticide (poison) and treatment method to use. In addition we will advise on proofing measures, ways to eliminate any harbourage and the removal of food sources etc. Each treatment on average, involves 4 weekly visits.


Businesses should contact the pest control team to discuss your requirements.



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