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Get Rid of Rat Problems | Rat Removal Specialists

Prices from £165/£200 +VAT

To get rid of rats from your home or business premises call 0800 026 0308


Rats are one of the ultimate survivor species because they are natural scavengers, remarkably intelligent, highly adaptable to their surroundings and can squeeze through tiny spaces. This is what makes them one of the most successful animals on the planet and makes getting rid of them a difficult task.

Why is it necessary to get rid of rats quickly?

Urban areas provides rats with perfect living conditions: food, water and shelter. Rats are prolific breeders and the potential for exponential growth in the rat population in a very short time is massive. They breed year-round and are able to reproduce at just 10-weeks old. A female rat can live for two years and produces up to six litters each year, which can result in a total of 120 offspring.

Rats carry many severe, sometimes fatal diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine and droppings. These include hantavirus, Weil’s disease, listeria, toxoplasma gondi and salmonella.

They also can cause serious structural damage to properties by chewing through electrical cables which can cause fires, water and gas pipes etc.
Many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them.

Why use a professional company to remove rats?

Rats breed at such a rapid rate it’s important to achieve a complete kill of all the rats in a colony. A professional pest control technician understands the behaviour of rats and knows where to place the bait throughout the site to achieve this.

Because rats carry disease so they need to he handled carefully and disposed of safely.

How do we get rid of rats?

We use a grain-based bait containing an anticoagulant. The bait is put into specially-designed feeding boxes installed in the correct places throughout the site to ensure the whole population of rats feed on it. It can take up to 7-days before the rats start feeding on the bait as they are suspicious of new objects. The rats may feed several times before dying. If they do consume enough poison to give them a lethal dose on their first feed they won’t suffer any ill-effects immediately, ensuring that the other rats don’t become suspicious and associate the bait with illness or death.

We make a second visit to the site to remove the bait and any dead rats for disposal. Dead rats must be buried or burned and protective gloves and a mask must be worn whilst handling them as they carry disease.

What preparation do you need to make prior to treatment?

  • Leave any droppings or damage for the technician to look at
  • Keep a record of where you see rats and ask your neighbours if they have any
  • Stop feeding wild birds
  • Stop putting food on your compost heap

What do you need to do after treatment?

To prevent future rat infestations you must identify and deal with the reasons you had an infestation in the first place. The following measures should be implemented.

  • Do not feed wild birds
  • Always dispose of any spilled or leftover food from feeding pets
  • Always dispose of any animal droppings; do not put them on a compost heap
  • Rat proof animal hutches and runs
  • Store animal food in rat proof containers
  • Keep rubbish bins securely closed
  • Do not put food on your compost heap
  • Keep a check on your compost heap to ensure it’s not providing a home for rats
  • Locate and fill all access points into buildings, e.g. gaps around pipes, etc.

Biocide treatment

Once the rats have been eradicated from your home or business premises and the access points have been removed, we can treat the areas which have been contaminated using a biocidal spray.

Price for a biocidal spray treatment   from £90/£100 +VAT

What is the best way of protecting a property from rats long term?

To effectively protect a property from rat infestations long term, proofing needs to be carried out by a professional pest control technician who understands the behaviour of rats. It’s time-consuming and may seem costly, but it prevents repeated visits by a pest control company to get rid of rats from your property. To find out more see our page on proofing.

How do deal with rat problems in drains?

If we suspect that rat problems are coming from breaches in the sewer system, we investigate by using test bait to confirm the presence of rats. We then undertake a camera survey to detect breaches around the external wall/sewer entry point and up to 3-metres within the sewer.

If rat activity is confirmed we can fit a one-way return sewer valve in the appropriate location. This allows sewage to flow out but prevents rats going ‘up’ the sewer, as well as preventing back ups of sewage from entering the property. It may be necessary to fit more than one sewer valve if the property adjoins other properties. To find out more see our page on rat problems and sewers.

Why may it be necessary to remove loft insulation after a rat infestation?

Rats can cause damage to loft insulation that affects its performance, as well as contaminating it with their droppings and urine. This can cause serious health issues as rats carry severe, sometimes fatal diseases which can infect humans and dogs. If the infestation has been severe we recommend replacing the loft insulation. For low level infestations we can treat the area and insulation with a biocidal spray.

We offer a loft insulation replacement service to eliminate the risk of disease. After the rats have been treated and activity has ceased, we can remove and dispose of the contaminated loft insulation safely. We then vacuum the loft space and apply a biocide spray before installing fresh, new insulation.  To find out more see our page on loft insulation removal & installation.

The cost depends on the size of the loft space. Call 0800 026 0308 for a quote.

What are the signs of a rat problem?

Once rats enter your home they will hide away and breed so you will soon have a major infestation. Recognising the signs early means you can eliminate the problem before it becomes severe.

Droppings   A rat produces up to 40 droppings each night. They are dark and shiny and about the size and shape of an olive. You’ll find them in large groupings (see adjacent image).

Urine puddles   Rat urine has a very sharp smell which you can’t miss.

Scratching   Rats can climb walls so you’ll hear scratching noises behind walls, particularly at night when they’re most active.

Footprints   In dusty rooms where rats have been running around you’ll see footprints or tail marks.



Gnaw marks   Rats have incisors that never stop growing so they gnaw constantly to keep their teeth ground down. You’ll see gnaw marks on anything hard such as cables, concrete, wood, metal, walls, pipes, and furniture (see adjacent image of metal drain and concrete that rat has gnawed to make a hole).

Foul smell   When rats live, breed, defecate, die and decompose between your walls or under your floorboards you’ll notice a foul smell.



Nesting materials   Rats bunch together shredded paper, cardboard, fabric and plastic to make their nests. You’ll see shreds of the materials around their burrows which they dig into the earth and nests built in drains, around rubbish bins, in compost heaps, amongst logs, under sheds and in outbuildings (see adjacent image showing rat holes with nesting materials around the entrance).

Rats out and about during the daytime   If you see rats feeding during the daytime it usually means the rat infestation is heavy. These rats are the older and weaker members of the colony, feeding at a more dangerous time to avoid the more aggressive dominant rats.

PEST UK’s Guarantee

The poison bait treatment is guaranteed to eliminate the current rat infestation if the correct preparation and aftercare have been carried out. We cannot accept responsibility if any rats die in places where their bodies may smell i.e. under floorboards.

We cannot guarantee against future rat infestations. In flats, terraced houses and multi-occupancy buildings rats may spread from adjoining premises.

How much does it cost to get rid of rats?

x2 visits to place and remove bait   from £165/£200 +VAT

Basic camera survey of drains/sewers   from £200/£240 +VAT
Fit a one-way return sewer valve/rat flap   from £170/£200 +VAT

Proof your property to prevent rats gaining access   from £75/£90 +VAT

Biocidal spray treatment   from £90/£100 +VAT

Please see our price list

What products do we use?

Each of the products below has a data sheet on our Data Sheets page

Ratimor Wax Blocks
Rodilon Soft Block
Rodilon Trio
Rodilon Wheat Tech
Talon Soft
Talon Wax Blocks

PX 60 RTU Odourcide
PX Odourcide

Biocidal Spray
PX Parvo

All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and do not corrode or stain, as well as being completely harmless to mammals.

Pest UK are a member of the BPCA (British Pest Control Association)