Signs of Rats

signs of rats

Rats in their never ending quest for food and shelter can be very persistent and if they manage to gain access into your home or business they can:

–  spread disease, cause damage to food packaging and contaminate food.

–  rats can chew through floor joists and walls, damage insulation.

–  they can cause fires by chewing on electrical cables. 

–   rats can undermine retaining walls and other similar structures through their burrowing activity. Even rats in the yard and outside can present as a risk, particularly if those areas are visited by children and pets.  

Contact Frontline Pest Management today if you are worried about rats in your home or business.

Rat prevention tips and proofing your home against rats.

Rat control solutions

Contact Us – at Frontline Pest Management, we can help you with your rat problem by providing effective rat control services. Our qualified technicians use safe and reliable control methods which offer a long-term solution to your rat problem. We find that the most effective way to remove rats is with the use of rodenticides. They are suitable for use inside and outside.

Inspection – we will discuss your pest problem, arrange an inspection if necessary and provide a quote and recommendations. We will make an appointment for a time convenient to you; with solutions tailored to your particular rat problem.

Treatment – our expert technicians will come out to provide your treatment at a time convenient to you; we use an environmentally sensitive approach as well as child and pet friendly treatments.

When is the best time to get rid of rats?

If you think you have rats, it is important to act quickly to control the level of infestation and reduce the health risks posed by this rodent. At Frontline Pest Management, our qualified technicians are able to provide the most effective rat control services best suited to your rat problem.

Contact us today to arrange for effective solutions to get rid of rats quickly.

Rat infestation signs

Rats are well known to spread disease, damage  property and contaminate food. If they are able to gain entry into your home or business, they can introduce other unwelcome parasites like fleas, lice and ticks. Acting at the first sign of a suspected problem can help to drastically reduce the length of time needed to effectively control an infestation. Rats are able to breed quickly and a small problem has the potential to develop into a serious and costly issue if left unmanaged.

Contact Frontline Pest Management today if you are worried about a rat problem.

As nocturnal creatures, rats are most active between dusk and dawn and usually hide from humans during the day. It is often easier to spot signs of a problem, rather than the actual pest.

•  Rat Droppings – usually found in concentrated areas –  rats can produce up to 40 droppings per night.

•  Scratching Noises –  think you might have rats in your roof? Black rats (also known as the roof rat) are agile climbers and can easily gain access into roof spaces and upper floors of buildings. Hearing scratching noises at night from above or from the walls may suggest their presence. Brown rats on the other hand, are less adept climbers. You may hear them scurrying under decking, sheds and floorboards. They are more likely to be identified by a grinding noise they make with their teeth known as bruxing.

•  Footprints (running tracks) – rats leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of buildings.

•  Rub Marks  – rats use established routes along skirting boards and walls due to their poor eyesight. Grease and dirt on their bodies leave smudges and dark marks on both objects and surfaces they repeatedly brush against. These marks may indicate rodent activity, but as smears may remain for a long period of time, they are not a good gauge of an active infestation.

•  Damage – rats have teeth that grow continuously. They need to gnaw on wood and plastic to keep them trim. They have the potential to cause fires by chewing through electrical cables. You may also notice ripped food packaging; as rats tear open food, leaving visible teeth marks.

•  Nests – rats build nests in warm, hidden places using shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. Nests will often contain young rats and are usually located close to a food source. Check behind and under appliances, such as fridges and freezers in or near your kitchen.

•  Burrows – brown rats are well known for digging and excavating extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting. Look for burrows in compost heaps, under decking or garden sheds, or in garages.

Have you spotted rats?