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Rat Pest Control in Peterborough And Surrounding Area

Pest Professionals is based just outside Peterborough and we know all too well about the problems with rats in Peterborough centre and the surrounding towns and villages. If you have rats in the house or you are seeing rats in the garden, you have a duty of care to act, and for a variety of reasons, you should ignore looking at how to get rid of rats yourself.

Rats really do carry disease, and they are also carriers of many unwelcome parasites, including fleas (the source of the Great Plague), mites, lice and ticks. They are very destructive, and because they have to gnaw continually to keep their teeth from over growing, can cause very significant damage if they get into loft or wall cavity spaces, which they can easily do as they are great climbers. Because of their tendency to gnaw away at electric cabled and gas pipes, rats are also a very significant fire hazard.

You usually get rats in the home because they have found a reliable, nearby source of food and water. This could be someone feeding wild birds, keeping chicken or rats, or a neighbour or business disposing of food badly. We specialise in how to get rid of rats, and off a competitive rat eradication service in Peterborough and the surrounding area, from Stamford to Market Deeping, March to Chatteris, Huntingdon to Oundle.

Our Peterborough rat control service includes identifying and removing the food source if possible, as well as proofing once the job is done (within reason) for both business and domestic clients.

We can provide you with instant advice and help eradicate and control any type of rat problem in two very easy and effective steps:

The no obligation phone consultation service applies to rat pest control for both domestic and business customers in the Peterborough area. No rat catching or rat control job is too big or too small for us to look at. Where appropriate we are able to advise on any immediate action required to protect your health, property or belongings prior to a visit. If a visit is required we let you know if there will be a call out fee and also advise on the likely costs of any rat control work should it be necessary.

Why Rats Are Such a Problem

In the UK you are likely to come across the Brown Rat (common or sewer rat) and the Black Rat (ship rat).

The Black Rat has been with us the longest and has been found in digs in the city of London dating back to the third century. It lives only for about a year, but is sexually active in 2-3 months. Its tail is longer than its body and it’s a very good climber, and can readily enter loft spaces. The slightly bigger brown rat originated in Asia and was first recorded in Europe only in the 18th century. Its tail is slightly shorter than its body. The brown rat often lives in the ground and in sewers and drains. Rats eat just about anything, and need an easily available source of water.

Rats carry disease and parasites and spread bacteria and germs as they defecate. Weil’s Disease, which can be fatal to humans, is carried in a rat’s urine.

The Brown Rat

Brown Rat Pest Removal
The brown rat is by far the most common and largest rat in the UK and often lives in sewers. This is the rat you will see around Peterborough.

The Black Rat

Black Rat Pest Removal
The black rat is much less common that the brown rat. It is smaller, darker and sleeker than the brown rat and is commonly found at roof level.

Rat Control Methods

When they are coming into contact with humans, rat control is vital. Protective clothing needs to be worn when tackling a rat infestation, and getting rid of rats is something that should be left to qualified professionals only. Your Peterborough pest controller will work with you to try and work out how the rats are entering your building, before introducing tried and tested rat control methods, usually involving a baiting approach to knock out all age groups, before looking at proofing to prevent the rat problem happening again. Note that there is no point proofing a house against rats before we have eradicated the rats. They are conditioned to coming in, and will simply gnaw their way back in and create more damage. The tried and tested best way to get rid of rats, is to get bait take up first, and then proof only once we have dealt with the problem.
If you need sound advice or a rapid solution to a rat problem in Peterborough or the surrounding towns and villages – get in touch.

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