Your cookie settings can be changed at any time through your browser settings. To find out more see our cookies page.
Rats are considered a public health pest because they:
Rats are found in properties where there is a food and water source (e.g. cupboards, waste bags on the floor or left out pet food/ leftovers). They can also be detected by droppings, evidence of fresh gnawing and tracks.
To report a rat problem inside or outside a property, you will need to book an appointment through one of the following ways:
For all business related rat problems please see our pest control page.
A Pest Control Technician will visit your property to set a number of poisonous baits. These baits will be placed in tamper resistant boxes or open trays depending on location. Our technician will ensure all baits used are positioned as safely as possible.
To ensure that rodents eat the poison, you should cover all bins and skips during treatment. Dog and cat food should also be removed after feeding pets and avoid feeding garden birds, as these are all food sources for rats. As rats require water, try to repair any leaks that you may have.
Treatment can often take a number of weeks, as the baits usually require repeated takes from the rat(s) to be effective. This is due to the treatment matching rat feeding habits.
Our technician will revisit your property every week until the infestation is cleared. Please ensure you are available at the address given for all booked appointments.
It is important to keep children and pets away from poison. If you think a child or pet has eaten any bait, you should seek medical advice immediately from a vet or doctor. Take the advice sheet left by the pest controller with you. This provides details of the bait used.
Below are some ways in which you can help prevent further re-infestations:
The rat population in Preston peaked in 2008, with over 1,400 requests for service received by us. Since then the number of requests for service has dropped slightly each year - possibly as a result of the increased sewer baiting activity of the pest control team
Despite our efforts to reduce the population at large, the biggest reason for the problem persisting is rubbish, the amount of it and sometimes careless disposal of it. Whether it’s deliberate or accidental littering, disease-carrying rodents thrive on it.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.