Newcastle Rat Control
Rat control is yet another highly sought after pest control service that we offer for residents and commercial clients in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area. Depending on the size of the rodent infestation our services range from laying out pest traps, rodenticide poison spray and poisoned bait.
If you are suffering from a normal sized rat infestation, the solution that our pest exterminators will use will most likely be based around laying down pest traps or poison bait.
Rodenticide poison is a quick and effective solution often used to wipe out a rat colony, through either bait or exposure. Most of the commercial rat poisons that we use are based around the compound Bromadiolone, an anticoagulant poison that will rapidly kill any rat that comes into contact with it. Exposure boxes (in which a live rat is placed) can also be used as a part of active rat capture.
The other main method of rat extermination is to use spring-loaded baited lethal traps or cage traps to kill or ensnare the rats. These traps are usually contact triggered.
The main advantage of trapping over poison is that it kills or traps the rat in a known location, as poisoned rats tend to return to their nest or burrow before dying. However, each trap has to be rearmed. Trapping is also generally considered to take longer, so may not be suitable for severe infestations. Let us know which solution is right for you.
A few days after either poisoning and trapping taken place, the rat corpses created will have to identified and disposed of safely. A dead rat can still carry disease, and poison can still pose a risk to other animals or humans. Rest assured that our pest technicians will be able to offer dead rat cleanup and disposal for both domestic properties and businesses.
Nesting rats are an extremely common pest problem in the UK, in both residential properties and commercial properties. Rats are small, hardy social rodents that can colonise most environments quickly and effectively. They tend to forage widely and prefer enclosed and well-concealed spaces in which to build their extensive burrows. Nevertheless, they can happily thrive in the open countryside or town.
Within the United Kingdom, the Brown Rat (rattus norvegicus) is overwhelmingly the dominant species, although the Black Rat (rattus rattus) is sometimes found, especially on industrial or port sites. Common signs of a rat infestation include left droppings (which look like grains of rice), missing food, scratched or torn insulation or wood grain (rats are drawn to roofing insulation, as it is an excellent bedding material), rat holes, foul smells, and strange noises. Drains and vents are common points of entry for rats to human spaces. The Brown Rat tends to favour attics, lofts, and drywall as living spaces, preferring high places.
They reach sexual maturity extremely quickly in under four months, and can give birth to large litters of up to 8 pups. Rats can also prove highly destructive, chewing or clawing through insulation, piping, cabling, or walls to build their pathways. It's therefore important that a detected infestation nearby or within a building is dealt with as quickly as is possible, before the colony overruns the property.
This is especially so, as larger rat populations can become aggressive and can sometimes be a vector for infectious diseases such as Rat Bite Fever and Salmonellosis. These are most commonly contracted through rat urine contaminating food intended for humans.
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