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Signs of a rat problem

Common signs of a rat infestation

Getting rid of rats

Why is it important to get rid of rats in your home?

fast and effective rat control

Abal Environmental's Rat Control Treatments


Rats are a huge problem in London, and effective pest control is essential in order to control them.


Many homes, businesses, and public spaces across London are vulnerable to rat infestations. Our aim is to provide reliable pest control to eradicate rats, and prevent further infestations.

Our team of experiences pest controllers are equipped to deal with even the most severe rat infestations.

signs of rats



Rat droppings tend to be pellet-shaped and a dark brown colour. They are larger than mouse droppings, so if you have found droppings smaller than a grain of rice, you most likely have mice.


Rats are known to dig holes to make burrows for shelter and nesting.

These holes can often be found in the garden or around the perimeter of your property.

smear marks

Smear marks are black, greasy smudges left by rats as they move. 

These tend to be found in areas where rats are regularly passing through, e.g. on walls, skirtings, or floors.


If you have rats in your home, you might be able to hear them move throughout the walls, floors, or ceilings.


You may be able to hear rats scurrying in the walls, or soft footsteps from the loft. These sounds may be more pronounced during the night.


Rats often create nests by tearing up soft materials.

This may include newspapers, food wrappers, and insulation.


If you have a rat infestation, you may find nesting materials where rats are likely to reside, e.g. in the loft.


Rats have very sharp teeth and can gnaw through most materials.

Rats have been known to chew through plastic, wood, wiring, pipes, metal, and even concrete.

where to check for Rats

  • Kitchens - inside/under kitchen units and behind appliances. Check any gaps where pipes enter from the outside, as this is a common way for rats to enter into your home.

  • Sheds - check for rat burrows around the perimeter of the shed.

  • Bin stores - extremely common places for rat problems as they are an easy source of food for the rodents.

  • Loft spaces - look for torn insulation and droppings in the corners.

Rats can chew their way through anything, meaning you could find them anywhere within your home.

These are the most common places you could find rats in your home:

rat importance



Rat Treatment

1. Inspection

One of our experienced technicians will complete a thorough inspection of key activity areas.

3. Assessment

The infestation will be monitored and reassessed on each visit. 

Alternative rat control methods can be used to manage persistent cases.

2. Treatment

An appropriate treatment for rats will be carried out across multiple visits.

Rodenticide will be laid in suspected mice activity areas.

4. Proofing

To prevent further infestation, internal and external holes can be blocked up to prevent rats from entering your home.

rat treatment


There are a number of risks associated with rat infestations, meaning it is absolutely essential to eradicate rats and prevent rat infestations.

Having a professional pest control company deal with your rat problem is the best way to ensure your protection from the below risks associated with rats.


Diseases caused by rats

Having rats inside your home makes you more vulnerable to contracting diseases, including the hantavirus, which is a potentially life-threatening disease contracted form the exposure to rodents' urine and droppings.

Other diseases caused by rats:

  • Weil's disease

  • Rat bite fever

  • Leptospirosis


damage caused by Rats

Rats can chew through almost any material found in the home. This means that can do some serious damage to your home and properties.

Insulation, piping, doors, and floorboards are all commonly damaged by rats.

Rats can gnaw through electrical wires, which means having rats in your home can be a significant fire hazard.


food contamination

Rat infestations are often caused by their attraction to food sources.


Rat urine and droppings contain pathogens, and rats can contaminate any food or food preparation surfaces they come into contact with.


Rodents are the main cause of salmonella in humans. 


control for businesses

Pest issues can have a huge impact on businesses, and dealing with rats in your business is crucial.

Having rats in your business can cause an immediate loss of trust from customers.


Rats can also cause significant damage to your premises or stock, and the health risks associated with rats could put your employees at risk.

Abal Environmental offer comprehensive pest control packages for businesses that includes free call-outs for rodents and cockroaches.


We now offer a ULV Disinfectant Service that is effective against all bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus

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