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Rats are intelligent and adaptable creatures; however, they pose a massive risk to your property and health. This nuisance pest can cause structural damage and disrupt your everyday life. In addition, rats breed up to six litters yearly, with 12 babies each time. As a result, what starts as a small pest problem, could develop into a severe infestation very quickly. 

If you suspect you have a rat infestation, it is imperative that you act fast. Call Flytech for a professional pest control service at 07955 008274 and organise your free, no-obligation survey. 

Rat Control Lisburn & Belfast 

Two main rat species typically inhabit homes and businesses; the brown rat, Rattus Norvegicus, and the black rat, Rattus Rattus. In Northern Ireland, the brown rat is most predominant, referred to as the common rat or sewer rat. 

As an adult, brown rats can weigh between 200 to 500g and grow up to 28cm long. However, their larger size does not limit their agility. The average brown rat can jump almost 3 metres high and are nimble enough to squeeze through a gap of just 2.5cm.

Furthermore, rats are omnivores, digesting anything which is available. This constant drive for food and shelter attracts rats to your home. Some of the most common rat entry points include sewage and drain pipes, holes in your brickwork, air vents and your loft. Therefore, your chances of a rat infestation are very high unless effective preventative measures are in place.

Our Rat Removal Process

1

Investigation 

Once you have identified a pest on your property, contact us by phone or email, or fill out a contact form, and we will get back to you. During this initial chat, we will determine the pest and the most effective treatment.

2

Attendance 

Once a thorough domestic inspection is organised, we will visit at the agreed date and time. We will conduct a comprehensive survey during the initial visit to identify the best treatment plan.

3

Follow up 

Our rat removal treatments typically require three visits; however, severe infestations may require additional visits. Therefore, we will visit as many times as necessary to eradicate your pest.

4

Aftercare

After each visit, you’ll receive a report of everything we’ve done. Including equipment, rodenticide and traps used. If you have any questions, we are just a phone call away!

The Dangers of Rats 

Similar to other pests, like mice, rats will urinate to mark their territory. This urine, combined with their fur and droppings, can trigger allergies and asthma in humans. As a result, this could make you and your family very sick. 

In addition, one of the most common rat ingress points is through your drainage system. This means that as rats enter your home, they are contaminating your property with bacteria from your sewage pipes.

Furthermore, rats can carry diseases such as Hantivirus, Salmonella and Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease), which could affect your respiratory system. These pathogens and bacterial infections can massively impact your quality of life; therefore, it is essential to take control immediately. 

To protect you and your family, call Flytech Pest Control today at 07955 008274. Our rat extermination services are available to all properties in Lisburn, Belfast and the surrounding areas, and we are available 24/7. 

Signs of a Rat Infestation 

If you have heard strange sounds at night or noticed gnaw marks on furniture, you may wonder whether you have a pest problem. Looking out for the signs will provide early pest detection and help minimise property damage and contamination. Often, rats are spotted in the garden first, before they move into the home. Here are some signs to look out for to understand whether you have a rat problem.

Finding a Rat 

This may be obvious, but locating the pest is the most definitive sign of a rat problem.

However, rats are very intelligent and will try to avoid human contact as much as possible. As a result, it can be challenging to spot a rat as they have innovative hiding spots to protect themselves.

Homes and businesses are typically quieter at night, so rats tend to be more active when the risk is lower. Rats will use this time to explore and forage for food and nesting materials. Thus, it is likely that you will find a rat in your kitchen at night or in your loft.

rat droppings and urine in residential property

Footprints & Smear Marks 

You may also identify small footprints in the dust around your property, indicating that a small pest resides in your home. Try leaving talc on the floor to see if footprints appear overnight.

Moreover, rats have greasy fur coats, which can leave smear marks on your walls or furniture as they travel. These grease marks may be difficult to spot; however, the heavier your infestation, the darker the grease colour will be. 

Footprints & Smear Marks 

You may also identify small footprints in the dust around your property, indicating that a small pest resides in your home. Try leaving talc on the floor to see if footprints appear overnight.

Moreover, rats have greasy fur coats, which can leave smear marks on your walls or furniture as they travel. These grease marks may be difficult to spot; however, the heavier your infestation, the darker the grease colour will be. 

rat droppings and urine in residential property

Hearing a Rat 

One of the most common signs that you have a rat pest control problem is the distinctive sounds they make. Rats will scratch and gnaw on objects, and you may hear squeaking and scuttling as they move around your building. This will be easier to hear at night when your property is quiet, and rats are most active. 

Rat Entry point under house in Lisburn Flytech Pest Control
Rat nest and droppings in loft Lisburn

Smelling a Rat 

Alternatively, you may have identified a strange smell which you cannot locate. Rats excrete up to 40 droppings per night, and rat urine features a potent ammonia-like scent which can be very unpleasant.

As rats navigate throughout your estate, you may find urine and droppings on the carpet, sofas, kitchen worktops or in the back of cupboards. 

Smelling a Rat 

Alternatively, you may have identified a strange smell which you cannot locate. Rats excrete up to 40 droppings per night, and rat urine features a potent ammonia-like scent which can be very unpleasant.

As rats navigate throughout your estate, you may find urine and droppings on the carpet, sofas, kitchen worktops or in the back of cupboards. 

Rat nest and droppings in loft Lisburn

Rat Damage

Finally, rats have open-rooted dentition, meaning their teeth will grow continuously throughout their life. As a result, rats will gnaw on various materials to maintain dental health and keep their teeth short. Unfortunately for homeowners and business owners, furniture, building structures and cabinets are typically targeted.

In addition, rodents will gnaw on cable sheathing and urinate on exposed wiring. This can cause a serious fire hazard with deadly consequences if left untreated. 

Rat damage on wheelie bin Lisburn
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Rat Proofing job for large shed Belfast
Commercial rat pest control by Flytech

Commercial Rat Pest Control in Lisburn & Belfast

Rats inside your business premises can have a detrimental impact on your reputation and operational activities. Whether your business is involved in manufacturing goods, eCommerce, or transport, rats are never welcomed. In fact, employers in Northern Ireland are required by law to ensure proactive pest control is implemented to keep the environment safe. 

  • The Law: If your business works within the food industry, under the Food Safety Act 1990, reasonable precautions must be implemented. This is to prevent pests from contaminating food storage and preparation areas. Failure to comply could lead to fines of up to £20,000, forced business closure or litigation. 
  • Reputation: In our modern society, customers are more than happy to share negative reviews online. Unfortunately, if a rat is spotted in your restaurant, pub or shop, this could damage your reputation and customer retention rate. Over time, this could impact your profits and eventually lead to business closure. Would you want to dine at a restaurant with rats? 
  • Damage: Rats are highly adaptable creatures and can nest in a multitude of locations. As a result, your stock room, warehouse or machine room could be the perfect home for a rat. Consequently, this could lead to extensive damage as rats gnaw through cables, boxes and supplies, contaminating and vandalising business equipment. As a result, this destruction will consume your profits and result in a health and safety risk. 

At Flytech Pest Control, our goal is to keep your business free from all pests at all times. Therefore, we offer 24/7 emergency pest control services should your business encounter a rat problem. Our team is on hand to deliver our expert rat removal services and install preventative measures to eliminate the risk of a re-infestation. 

To organise your free site survey, please contact us by calling the team at 07955 008274

Your Local Rat Removal Experts 

The best way to control rat populations in Lisburn and Belfast is through a combination of prevention and extermination methods. Our methods of choice include CCTV tracking, sealing off potential entry points, eliminating food and water sources, spring traps and poison baits. 

If you have identified rats on your property, Flytech Pest Control is here to help. Our successful rat extermination services resolve your infestation quickly with minimal disruption to your home or business. We are members of the NPTA (National Pest Technicians Association) and RSPH-trained (Royal Society of Public Health); therefore, you can have confidence that we are professionals and experts in our field. Furthermore, our pest control solutions, which also include cockroach control, mouse removal and bird management, are as humane as possible and 100% effective. We also offer loft clearance services to remove rat droppings and other debris after we’ve provided rat control.

For professional pest control in Northern Island, please call our operatives on 07955 008274, and we will be happy to assist. 

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