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Safe elimination of rat infestations

rat controlWe have 25 years’ experience controlling rat infestations across private and commercial sectors, including agriculture, the health sector, education and leisure

We guarantee safe elimination and will also advise on continuous and very economical methods to prevent further infestations. In many cases we offer yearly contracts to ensure that once eliminated, you can have peace of mind that an unobtrusive and economical programme is in place that aims to maintain a vermin free property.

Due to their alarming breeding capability, we recommend you get in touch as soon as you suspect you may have a rat problem.

How do rats cause a problem?

Classed as the most feared of pests (with fleas, wasps, spiders and snakes a close second), rodents (rats and mice) carry an alarming number of diseases such as tuberculosis, salmonella, gastro-enteritis and numerous others, all of which have serious health implications. Their droppings and fur will also contaminate food preparation surfaces and foodstuffs. Rats are incontinent and consequently foul wherever they travel.

The most common rat in the UK is the brown rat which can measure up to 51 cms (20 inches) from nose to tail.

Breeding very quickly (one female rat can produce 170 offspring every year), rats gnaw constantly because their teeth continuously grow. They are capable of serious damage to electrical wiring, pipework, wood and plastic and have caused fires and expensive repair bills.

How to spot a rat infestation

There are many clues, including:

  • Droppings – rat droppings are blunt and spindle-shaped measuring up to 20 millimeters. (Mice droppings are rod-shaped and up to 6 millimeters long).
  • Nesting material — small pieces of chewed paper and plastic are often found at the base of drawer units, service cupboards and store rooms.
  • Smell – a musty smell similar to a damp unventilated area or wet straw.
  • Noises – squeaks, rustling and scampering sounds as they make their way around( Usually at night).
  • Damaged or spoilt food –  There is very little rats won’t eat. They will munch through meat, fish, vegetables, weeds, earthworms, crustaceans, nuts, fruit and more.
  • Grease marks – rodents often leave a black or dark grey smear of body grease when regularly running over surfaces such as conduit or pipes.

Why use Helliar rat control services?

  • Fast, safe and effective elimination of rats.
  • Discreet service in unmarked vans, at a time to suit you.
  • Experienced, helpful staff.
  • Yearly maintenance contracts available, to keep vermin at bay.

How do I get rid of Rats?

Simple. Contact Helliar Pest Control today for a FREE no obligation quote. With many years of experience, we know how it feels when you discover you've got pest problems, so we'll be more than happy to come and see what the best solution is.

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01935 421 777