We offer a free pest control service for rat problems inside a residential property.
For problems outside a property (e.g. garden, shed, detached garage), we recommend using an accredited, professional pest controller who is CRRU or wildlife aware accredited.
For pest controllers near you visit the British Pest Control Association - find a pest controller.
Rats are considered a public health pest because they:
To report a rat problem inside a property, you will need to book an appointment by completing our online form:
Appointments can be made for a pest control officer to arrive between the following hours Monday to Friday:
8.30am - 12.30pm
12.30pm - 4pm
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.
We only treat pests on commercial or industrial premises for businesses and organisations that have a contract with us.
All other businesses will need to contact a commercial pest control service. To find a commercial pest control service near you visit the British Pest Control Association - find a pest controller.