Suffolk Wildlife Services

Wildlife Management & Pest Control - Suffolk, South Norfolk, North Essex and North West Cambridgeshire

We have been controlling and managing wildlife for over 35 years

Tel: 01449 523024 or 01473 845108 Mob: 07598 269176

Rodent Control

Rat Control for Domestic customers

Rodent Control

How Do I Know I Have A Rat Problem?

You may see rats, hear them (if inside), smell their urine, see or suffer the consequences of their damage or see dropping or gnawing. Luckily most rat problems are outside and are usually caused by a food source, rats using an area for cover or a water source or possibly a combination of all three.

In domestic gardens bird feeding, compost heaps and animal droppings are the main causes. You may see rats during daylight hours but they prefer to operate at night. Runs are told by lack of vegetation, smear marks, footprints and packed down earth. Rats lie in burrows dug into the earth and can cause damage by collecting nesting materials, soiling food with urine, excreta and hairs. The burrows can resemble small rabbit holes. They may dig the burrows in earth or in compost heaps but they are adaptable and make use of areas under sheds or inside buildings

Lofts may be used as resting places, kitchens as a food source or both. Rats are extremely intelligent, adapting to their surroundings. This is what makes them one of the most successful animals on the planet and makes controlling rats a difficult task. If rats are inside the building you may hear them in wall cavities or roof spaces. You may see their droppings or smell the urine.

Why Should Rats Be Treated?

Landowners have a legal obligation to treat rats. They carry diseases, they can start fires & cause other damage by chewing through cables, water pipes etc, they kill other wildlife and an infestation will breed and spread rapidly.

 

Most domestic rodent control is carried out using Rodenticides and while this is still the number one option we may use traps and other methods to help in the battle with the ever increasing population.

Suffolk Wildlife Services