Rat problems can affect any business large or small, but those that handle foodstuffs are particularly vulnerable.
Rentokil Rat Control - business call out service
Our rodent service offers professional, discreet solutions to solve your rat infestation swiftly and effectively:
24 hour response guaranteed from qualified, knowledgeable, local technicians offering expert advice on rat control and how to keep your premise rat free.
Call us NOW on 0800 917 1989 to arrange for a FREE business site survey from an experienced Rentokil Surveyor
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Signs of a Rat Infestation
Rats are animals that are naturally active at night, so if you believe you may have a rat infestation, the classic signs to look out for are:
Droppings (sausage shaped approx. 1 -2 cm long).
Rat smears - grease marks or smudges from the body of a rat as it repeatedly brushes up against solid objects.
Damaged merchandise and damage to the fabric of premises.
Rat nesting materials — shredded insulation, cardboard, wood, plastics etc...
Characteristic smell - rats will leave behind an ammonia-like smell, that is particularly strong in enclosed areas.
Potential Risks from Rats
Rats can spread infections such as Salmonella, Hantavirus, Trichinosis, Rat bite fever, Murine typhus and Weil's disease as well as harbouring ticks, fleas and mites.
Damage to stock and buildings. Rats sharp teeth can gnaw through cables, plastic, wooden doors and even mild steel.
Contamination of foodstuffs and goods. On the underside of a rat, wet fur soaked in urine can transmit bacteria and viruses to work surfaces, table tops or anywhere that a rodent has climbed or touched.
Business Consequences of a Rat Infestation
Damage — to goods, foodstuffs and your health and hygiene reputation. Any rat control problems will have a negative effect on a Scores on the Doors food hygiene rating.
Alarm — immediate loss of customer and employee trust.
Cost — can be considerable. Temporary business closure may be necessary.
Legal — failure to comply with legislation, including Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) , Food Safety Act (1990) and Prevention of Damage by Pests Act (1949) could lead to premise closure or fines.
Immediate steps to take for rat control
Call free on 0800 917 1989 to arrange prompt control with rodenticides. All rat services are handled by qualified and experienced Rentokil technicians.
Thermal imaging survey - nocturnal inspections of your premise when rats are active, yet with minimal disruption to your business. Infra-red technology is used to swiftly locate rodent nesting sites in hidden voids (cavity walls, false ceilings) by detecting their body heat.
Get useful rodent proofing and design advice from Rentokil experts. Reduce the chances of rats entering your property with a programme of proofing work tailored to your business needs.
Use tamper resistant bait boxes - designed specifically to encourage rodents to enter and consume rodenticide bait, but not allowing inquisitive children, pets or non-target wildlife to gain access. Keeping staff and customers safe whilst dealing with a rat issue.
Schedule regular rodent control service visits from local, professional Rentokil technicians to help prevent subsequent infestations.