Discovering you have rats living with you can be a frightening experience. Rats are well adapted to living in very close association with humans, sharing our food and shelter, and once they have moved in, it can be difficult to get them to leave. By engaging a professional pest control company is the quickest and most effective way to remove these unwanted pests.
In addition to contaminating food, rats can expose humans to serious health risks and have been found responsible for causing fires and computer hardware failures by chewing through wires and network cables.
Several diseases which originate from rats have been responsible for enormous losses of food and human life throughout history with Leptospirosis being the common disease spread by rats in the Philippines. In addition to be being able to spread disease, rats also carry secondary pests in the fur such as fleas, mites and ticks.
At Ecokil, our trained and qualified pest control technicians are supported by an international management team with extensive experience in rodent eradication. If you have spotted signs of a rat infestation, such as rub marks, droppings or the constant smell of urine, then it’s time to engage Ecokil pest control.
How to identify if you have Rats
Rats are nocturnal pests, and are most active at night and usually hide from humans during the day. Generally speaking, it’s common to spot indicators you have rats, rather than see the actual rat itself. Indicators include:
Rat Droppings: dark brown, almost black in colour and look like large grains of rice
Urine Smell: constant urine smell in the air
Scratching Noises: especially at night coming from roof voids and loft areas. Scratching noises are commonly associated with Black rats due to being agile climbers
Burrows: Brown rats are renown for digging and excavating extensive burrow systems for nesting, providing shelter and storing food
Nests: Rats will build nests from all types of materials found around a home including cardboard, insulation and plastics
Rub Marks: Rats fur is greasy and dirty which leave smudge marks on surface such as timber, concrete, bricks and gyprock
Chew Marks: Rats teeth grow continuously so they need to gnaw on materials such as wood and plastic to keep control of their front incisor teeth
In the Philippines there are two main rat species, the Brown Rat (common rat) and the Black Rat (sewer rat), that are commonly found in homes and businesses.