Rats pose a significant health risk to humans and our pets. Common diseases carried by rats include Salmonella, Weil’s disease, E.coli and TB.
Rats also carry fleas, mites and ticks and can cause acute allergic reactions.
It is extremely serious if rats are getting into your home even if they are not entering a direct living area. Any rat problem inside the home must be treated urgently.
Rats in the garden and other external areas can also be high risk, particularly in areas used by children or pets.
It is important to get rid of rats in the garden to reduce the risk of them trying to enter the home.
Special care is needed for properties with integral garages or with dog or cat flaps as rats can use these to get into the home
Rats are nocturnal and usually hide from humans, so the typical signs of a rat problem in the home are:
The first defence against a rat infestation is to proof your home. Young rats can get through holes of less than 1cm, so it is important to seal any holes and fit bristle strip around doors.
It is important not to attract rats with food – store food in plastic or metal containers and regularly clean under cookers and fridges.
Outdoors, ensure household refuse is kept in closed bins, do not put meat into compost heaps and use squirrel-proof bird feeders.
Rats can come up from sewers through broken pipes - it is important to ensure that all pipe-work is in good order.
If not treated, a rat infestation can quickly take hold. A wide range of DIY products are available in stores for dealing with rats in low risk areas, but we recommend treatment by one of our service technicians for rat activity in living areas or if the problem persists.
While amateur DIY products are a cost effective way to control rat problems in low risk areas, professional pest control is required for high risk areas, more established rat colonies or where there is a repeated infestation.
Rentokil service technicians provide highly targeted treatment to deal with any rat problem and will advise on how to keep your home free of rats in the future.
Rentokil offers a call-out service to deal with rats and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.
If you would like further advice or to arrange a range a visit from one of our service technicians, please call us at 1300 886 911.