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How to get rid of rats

Professional rat removal is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of rats. Expert services offer a reliable form of rat control and a long term solution to a rat infestation.

Finding rats in your home and hearing suspicious noises coming from your roof or behind your walls can be very frightening. Rats discovered in business premises too can pose a real threat to stored products and damage to property.

On top of the health hazard, rats have also been known to cause fires by chewing through wiring. They can even gnaw through wood, plastics and mild steel.

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1.Identify your pest

Unknown fire causes, suspicious noises coming through the roof and walls, damaged packagings and unsightly urine stains. These are all the possible nightmares of what a small furry rodent could bring to you, your family and business.

Rats as a pest are considered as an intelligent animal as well as a challanging pest to manage due to the dangers they pose. A rat infestation can potentially bring to you health risks, physical damages and safety risks.

The situation can be even more challenging as rats and mice easily adapt to the environment they live in. Rats can squeeze through a 1cm gap to enter a building.

Knowing the signs of rats and the types of rats are both important. Rats appear at night; keep themselves out of reach and sight from humans. Generally there are 3 common types of rats in Sri Lanka.

Correct identification is crticial as it should be treated that different species have differing habits and behaviours to be best dealt with effectively. Understanding the problem, finding the right rat control solution helps save time money and worry.

2.Choose your method

DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of rats, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option requires the purchase of rat bait and rat poison from your local home store. The most commonly used DIY rat control item is the glue boards. The correct usage of such DIY equipments along with some home improvement actions can help to catch a rat or two.

Professional rat control by a local pest control company in Sri Lanka helps to identify key risk areas in your home or business premises with early detection and self inspection that can help to facilitate in managing rat infestation level.

DIY rat control options

If you decide to control a rat problem on your own, you are not going to have it easy. This is especially true in a situation with serious rat infestation.

Home improvements such as having good housekeeping helps play a positive impact too in your rat control efforts. This includes learning how to identify holes and open access to let rats in. It is important and critical to seal up these open access.

Rat are smart and turn suspicious on new things easily. They can even jump over a trap or bait laid in wait for them! Rat abilities and senses allows them to manoeuvre confidently in the dark. They also quickly detect and tend to avoid new objects placed in a familiar environment, at least for a few days.

Being very adaptive urban pests, time and dilligent efforts are required to gain control effect. For individual without the expertise and undestanding of rat changing behaviours, it can be challenging to want to eliminate them by yourself.

Limitations of DIY rat control methods

It's not surprisingly that DIY rat control methods has its own limitations not only in terms of how quickly rats can reproduce given ideal conditions, one pair of rats can produce about 2,000 offspring a year!

Rodents pest such as rats is highly depend on food, water and warm shelter to breed. Here are some practical tips to remain rat-free:

  • Remove food spills and waste
  • Store all food supplies in airtight containers or in the fridge
  • Empty garbage bins regularly
  • Remove bulky items which can be potential hiding places
  • Conduct building maintenance and cover gaps or crevices
  • Install strong wire meshes at gaps i.e. windows which can be potential entry points

DIY solutions and some basic houskeeping duties may help to prevent a cockroach infestation from happening yet DIY cannot guarantee complete removal of a pest problem.

DIY often takes a longer time, giving cockroaches already living in the time and chance to reproduce quickly, leaving you with a bigger problem.

Benefits of a professional rat control service

How to get rid of rats in your home and business

Rats can be challenging to manage on your own due to the dangers they pose to health and safety to you, your family and your employees.

Rodents excrete urine and droppings freely, which can contaminate food, utensils, and surfaces that they move across. This puts us at risk of contracting diseases such as Salmonellosis, Weil's Disease, and plague. These diseases can cause food poisoning symptoms such as fever, headaches, diarrhoea and nausea.

With a pair of incisors which are constantly growing, rats need to keep their teeth sharp and short by gnawing on objects. These gnawing habits are known to cause short circuits and fires as rats chew through wirings. They can even gnaw through wood, plastics and mild steel.

While practical housekeeping practices are good to adopt, this can help manage the problem to a certain extent. Professional rat control solution can further prevent and eliminate a serious rat infestation.

Rat cages, bait boxes, glue boards and poison are some of the rat control methods professional pest control specialists use to keep an infestation under control. With expert advices, time and diligent efforts, control effect can be gained.

Benefits of getting rid of rats

  • Avoid financial loss arising from rodent damage
  • Prevent damage to your property, food supplies and goods
  • Avoid food contamination
  • Protect business reputation from a rat sighting
  • Prevent spread of diseases
  • Adhere to authorities regulations
  • Peace of mind knowing your rat problem is under control

How to choose your pest control professional

To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

Key criteria for Selection:

  1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices.
  2. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to neighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction.
  3. Transparency - complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable.
  4. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

Why use Rentokil

With Rentokil Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

We have been providing pest control services globally to both homes and businesses for more than 90 years, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

  • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
  • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
  • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
  • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.


3.Take action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your rat problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

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