Rats may be seen during the day, but are usually more active at night.
They have poor eyesight and will follow the same routes usually close to walls or against fences, these routes are often clearly visible as trails.
Rats have oily fur which will result in smear marks when they are regularly running along a route. It is sometimes possible to see rat tail swipes or footprints on surfaces.
Often noises can be heard in loft spaces or within the cavities of buildings.
Externally rats may burrow, and rat holes may be visible in grass banks, close to buildings or structures such as sheds, in and around compost bins and around inspection chambers.
Rats can transmit diseases to humans which can potentially be very harmful. They are also carriers of diseases such as Salmonella and Weil's Disease.
Rats' teeth grow continuously, so they need to gnaw constantly to wear them down. This can cause considerable damage to property as they will gnaw anything from common food sources to wood, electrical cables, soap and other materials.
Rats often live underground and will form extensive burrows which can, in some cases, affect the foundations and stability of buildings.
If you suspect you have a rat problem it is important that you seek advice from an expert as soon as possible.
Pestbusters East Kent use a variety of methods to help you deal with your rat problem.
In some cases it may be caused by as little as a pile of rubbish in your garden or alleyway.
In other cases we will use our team of ferrets to find the nests and either move the rats on or end their lives humanely.
We will only ever use poison as a last resort, ensuring that your pest control solution is as natural and organic as possible.