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Our Call Out Service offers professional, convenient solutions to get rid of your Rat problems fast:

  • 24 hour response guaranteed
  • Times convenient to you
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local Technicians
  • Highest level of safety for your family and pets
  • Call us NOW on Office: 01594 528359 or Mobile: 07842 822522 to arrange for one of our local Pest Control Technician to visit and deal with your Rat problem quickly and efficiently.

For more information on how to keep rats out of your property please see below.

Protecting Your Home and Family from Rats

Rats pose a significant health risk to humans and our pets. Common diseases carried by rats include Salmonella, Weil’s disease, E.coli, Cryptosporidiosis and Tuberculosis.

Rats also carry fleas, mites and ticks and can cause acute allergic reactions.

Rats in the Home or Garden

It is extremely serious if rats are getting into your home even if they are not entering a direct living area. Any rat problem inside the home must be treated urgently.

Rats in the garden and other external areas can also be high risk, particularly in areas used by children or pets.

It is important to get rid of rats in the garden to reduce the risk of them trying to enter your home.

Special care is needed for houses with integral garages or with dog or cat flaps as rats can use these to get into your home.

Signs of a Rat Problem

Rats are nocturnal and usually hide from humans, so the typical signs to look for in the home are:

  • Scratching noises in walls, under the floor or under decking as rats scurry around looking for food.
  • Droppings – rats leave dark, tapered droppings about 10-14mm long.
  • Distinctive smell – rats leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in enclosed areas such as under cupboards or in loft spaces.
  • Damage – rats have teeth that grow continuously and gnaw on wood and plastic to keep them trim. Rats can even cause fires by chewing through cables.
  • Ripped food packaging – rats will tear open all types of packaging to find food which may leave teeth marks.
  • Nests – rats build nests in warm, hidden places using shredded material such as newspaper, plastic and fabrics. Nests will often contain young rats.
  • Burrows - In gardens, rats will dig burrows especially in compost heaps or under sheds. They will also build nests under garden decking.

How to Keep Rats Away

The first defence against a rat infestation is to proof your home. Young rats can get through holes of less than 1cm, so it is important to seal any holes and fit bristle strip around doors.


Ultrasonic Repellents emit sound that is uncomfortable for rats but cannot be heard by humans. These may help deter rats from entering a home in the first place, but we do not recommend them for existing infestations as rats can quickly acclimatise to the ultrasound.

It is important not to attract rats with food – store food in air tight plastic or metal containers and regularly clean under cookers and fridges.

Outdoors, ensure household refuse is kept in closed bins, do not put meat into compost heaps and use squirrel-proof bird feeders, clearing up any food that is spilt.

Rats can come up from sewers through broken pipes - it is important to ensure that all pipe-work is in good order.

How to Get Rid of Rats

If not treated, a rat infestation can quickly take hold.

Forest of Dean Pest Control recommends treatment by one of our experienced Technicians for rat activity in living areas or in your garden or outbuildings.

Professional Rat Control


The Pest Control Services Group Technician will provide a highly targeted treatment to deal with any rat problem and will advise on how to keep your home free of rats in the future.

Pest Control Services Group offers a call-out service to deal with rats and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.

Call us on Office: 01594 528359 or Mobile: 07842 822522 to arrange for a Technician visit from the experts at Pest Control Services Group.

If you would like further advice or to arrange a range a visit from one of our service technicians, please call us on:

Phone: 01594 528359

Mobile: 07842 822522.

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