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Rats will be a worry for any business or homeowner and here at SOS Pest Control we provide a full rat control service throughout Kent. Rats are a serious pest and need to be controlled expertly by trained pest controllers in the Kent area.
Rats are larger than mice (who are also a pest in Kent) and you can tell the difference as they will be larger in size and have a much longer tail.
Rat droppings are around 2cm in length and are much larger than mouse droppings and usually found in groups.
Rats will produce up to 40 droppings per day, their life span is much the same as a mouse but their litters are up to 3-6 per year with 8-10 young per litter which reach maturity in 8-10 weeks
Evidence of the presence of rats can be established without the sighting of a live animal.
Typical signs may be seen both inside and outside of the premises which include damage to building materials, packaging and food.
Tooth marks may be evident which will help to identify the rat activity, recent gnawing, particularly through wood can be distinguished by the fresh light coloured appearance of the gnawed surface and the presence of small chewed pieces or cuttings in the vicinity.
Rats are creatures of habit and will regularly use the same run. The runs exhibit ‘smear’ marks as the grease, dirt and natural oils from their fur makes contact with the surfaces.
Outdoors these runways appear as clean-swept paths where vegetation has become flattened, about 5-7cm wide. Inside a building these will be seen as a black dirty mark.
Droppings also aid in the identification of an infestation. When droppings are discovered it is important to determine their age as it will indicate whether the infestation is current.
Fresh droppings are soft enough to be pressed out of shape and have a glistening moist appearance. The colour varies according to the kind of food eaten, but usually they are black or nearly black.
Within a few days, depending on climatic conditions, droppings become dry and hard. Later the surface will become dull, and over an extended period of time they assume a greyish, dusty appearance and may crumble easily.
The most positive proof of any infestation, of course, is to see live rats. However, because rodents are generally nocturnal and secretive in their habits, live animals are seldom seen. In heavy infestations a peculiar musty musk/urine odour may be present.
SOS Pest Control will arrive discreetly and we have no van livery so you can rest assured there will be no twitching of the neighbours curtains nor will there be any negative impact to your business.
Typical riddance treatments against Rats would entail three treatments, the initial survey and treatment followed by 2 additional visits at 7 – 10 day intervals to check on the activity and then remove any dead rodents and residual poisons.
All of our treatments are guaranteed to be effective at removing the rats.
We also offer ongoing service contracts so that your premises are protected from the risk of further incoming rats.
Regular service visits, which are determined by the level of risk to your business, would be carried out to check for signs of pest activity and remedial treatments carried out to maintain pest free conditions.
We have a standard service level which is suited to most small businesses and complies with the EHO expectations and we have a BRC level service which is suited to larger businesses who receive supplier audits and need a higher level of reporting.