M: 07971 962 853
E: pestawayuk@gmail.com

Rats

What do they look like?

The common Norway or brown rat typically has brownish fur on its back and grey underneath but its colour can vary from white through to black. Adult body length is 200 - 270mm plus a tail length of 150 - 200mm.
The ship or black rat is nowadays rarely encountered in Britain but is smaller than the common rat and usually black in colour. It has large hairless ears and a tail that is longer than its head and body length.

Where do they live?

Common rats live in any situation that provides food, water and shelter. The common rat is the most widespread of its species and is widely found in urban and rural areas. In homes they will live in loft spaces, wall cavities, cellars or under floorboards. In gardens, they will burrow into compost heaps and grassy banks or under sheds. They are also commonly found living in sewer systems.

Ship rats are agile climbers and are usually found indoors, living in roof spaces. They are rarely found in sewer systems.

What are the signs of infestation?

What do they eat?

Their favourite foods are cereal products, although they will eat almost anything that humans eat and some that humans don't - including each other.

Most of the damage they do is by gnawing and ripping open packets. They also foul food with urine and droppings.

Why must rats be controlled?

How can I tell whether my house is infested with rats?

Signs of a rat infestation can include the presence of droppings, footprints in damp soil or dust, and burrows in the ground. Indications of an infestation can include signs of gnawing.

How can I get rid of rats?

Rats are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly. This combination makes rat control a difficult task for the untrained individual. Ealing Council provides a pest control service for the treatment of rats in domestic properties. Fully trained pest control officers will survey the infestation, then place poison bait in the most appropriate locations. Follow up visits will be made in order to ensure the success of the treatment.

Ealing Council's pest control service for mice and rats

How can I prevent an infestation?

Householders can assist in preventing infestation by some simple measures: