I Just Saw a Rat, What Do I Do

So I Just Saw a Rat, What Do I Do? If you see a rat in your home or business, you should immediately contact pest control company or rat exterminator. Even if you can only see a single specimen, you should treat every rat sighting as a potential emergency. Our pest control technicians have all the equipment and experience needed to deal with the issue, but the longer you leave it, the more difficult it will be.

We will explain why every rat sighting is a severe issue shortly. But first, here’s what you need to do when you see a rat in your property.

Contain It

The first thing to do after spotting a rat in your property is to contain it. If you spot a rat during business hours, containing it in the room where you see it might not always be practical. However, if you spot a rat outside of office hours, trap it wherever you see it. Placing a box or similar container over it is probably the easiest way. But if this isn’t feasible, containing it within the room is the next best option.

You can do this by closing all the doors and windows and using towels or other fabrics to block off any other potential escape root. Remember, rats can squeeze through narrow gaps, including those between doors and floors. 

It is also vital that you keep any pets out of the room. Rats can become aggressive, and we have known them to attack pets when they feel threatened. You should also keep any small children back for the same reason. They might be curious and want to see the rat, but don’t let them get too close.

I Just Saw a Rat, What Do I Do
I Just Saw a Rat, What Do I Do

Wait For Our Pest Control Experts

When our pest control experts arrive, they will remove the rat and check the area for any signs of a more extensive infestation. We have trained rat-catching dogs capable of sniffing out the source of an infestation in record time.

Note that killing a rat is not as easy as you might think. Trying and failing to kill a rat is not a pleasant experience. Not only this but doing so could hinder our work once we arrive. Resist the temptation to do anything yourself and simply keep the rat contained until our pest control experts arrive on the scene with their trusty canine sidekicks.

Once we have safely removed the rat from your property, our dogs can get to work doing what they do best; following the scent back to its source and making sure there are no more rodents hiding in or around your property.

Why A Rat Sighting Is An Emergency

The good news is that in the majority of rat sightings that we attend, we only find a single specimen rather than an infestation. Try to avoid people as much as possible. They will rarely deliberately expose themselves to humans. If you see a rat running around your property, it is usually because their regular home or hiding place is not currently safe. Predators, flooding, and construction work are just some of the things that can drive a rat from their safe space.

While people often lump mice and rats together, they are very different pests, and we need to deal with them differently. If you spot a mouse in your property, you should still contact us. But the mice can only do so much damage before our technicians arrive. Rats are very different beasts. They are bigger, stronger, smarter, and considerably less fearful.

Rats have strong, sharp teeth they can use to bite through most common household materials.  It isn’t just wires and drywall that rats will gnaw through. They can even make their way through resilient materials like concrete. When they do chew through electrical wires, the result can be more than just losing power, phone, or internet access. Rats chewing through electrical cables are the cause of around 25% of all electrical fires in the UK.

Local Pest Control For Rats

“When most people picture rats gnawing through the walls and floor of a property, they imagine it being like the Shawshank Redemption, with the rodents slowly making their way through materials bit by bit. However, we personally know of at least one case where a client had locked a rat in a room while they wait for pest control experts to arrive. In the hour or so between them shutting the rat in and the pest control experts arriving, the rat managed to chew through the carpet and the floor to make good its escape. 

Rats can also be fearless. While they generally try to avoid people, if they are cornered and feel threatened, they will attack just about anything. If you have small children or pets in your home, you don’t want to leave a rat problem any longer than you need to. 

Even if you can only see one rat, you don’t want to risk an infestation spiralling out of control. As well as the immediate problems that rats can cause to people, pets, and property, there are longer-term issues to worry about. Rats are major vectors for several deadly diseases and are magnets for germs and other pathogens. They generally live in drains, sewers, and other unhygienic environments where they come into contact with all kinds of nasty substances. Once a rat enters your home or business, they bring all of these substances in with them.

What To Do If You See A Rat: A Checklist

Whenever you see a rat in your home or business, you need to follow the following steps:

  1. Contact Bon Accord immediately. We will dispatch a rat-catching expert to your property immediately.
  2. Contain the rat. If possible, trap the rat inside a box. But remember, rats can chew their way through just about anything. You need to make sure you seal off the room as well, so it can’t escape.
  3. Keep pets and small children well away from the rat until our experts arrive to deal with the problem.
  4. Follow any advice our pest control technicians give you for rat-proofing your property and keeping rodents away in the future.

It’s time to call in the experts. Whether you need help getting rid of rats or protect against diseases they may carry, our team will be here for your every need! Read more about: Pest advice for controlling Rats from BPCA

If you have a rat problem in your house, contact us today for free advice and immediate assistance from a local expert. We are here to help!

Karin HarndenKarin Harnden
17:14 05 May 24
We thought we had bedbugs but could find no evidence apart from what we thought were bites. I called Bon Accord and Gabriel was there within a couple of hours. He told us we had carpet beetle. Finding the evidence and showing us photos of the skin reaction which was exactly what we had. He advised and returned at a time to suit us to spray which was done thoroughly and efficiently. No sign of the little critters returning. Thank you Gabriel.
Luiza LoboLuiza Lobo
21:02 11 Apr 24
Gabriel went above and beyond. He is extremely knowledgable and very efficient at what he does. The results were outstanding. Nothing is too much for him. Delighted with his professionalism and work.
sam zsam z
19:11 03 Apr 24
Top-notched pest control service!! Went above and beyond to eradicate the rats from our property. Gabriel even offered to further investigate the infestation issues for our neighbours. We found him to be extremely professional and easy to work with. We highly recommend Gabriel to anyone in need of pest control.
23:29 02 Apr 24
Gabriel provided great service , responded quickly on an emergency for pest infestation, professional and friendly. No more pests at home.
Felicity GrayFelicity Gray
21:53 02 Apr 24
Gabriel was absolutely wonderful, a real life saver when I found a mouse by my bed at 10pm. He came in less than an hour and was able to catch the mouse and put my mind at rest so I could go to sleep! Highly recommend, fab service and lovely people.
Med KashaniMed Kashani
10:54 24 Feb 24
Gabriel turned up with an hours notice one evening and immediately identified the issued. He works efficiently and professionally throughout with timely follow-ups to ensure the problem was resolved. Once completed he was kind enough to continue to check in to see that the issue had gone. Having had Rentokil previously that spent two years doing very little this was a complete breathe of fresh air and solved the problem in less than two weeks. We are grateful and would highly recommend his services.
Nesma TalaatNesma Talaat
20:26 20 Feb 24
We were lucky to have found Bon Accord, they responded very fast to our request and Gabriel was very helpful and informative. He made several visits and did his absolute best until the mice problem we had was gone. Highly recommended.

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