About Rats

Rat Treatment Fife

Are you looking for effective rat treatment in Fife?

Your Local Rat Treatment Company In Fife

No matter what the size or location of the infestation, give Elysium Pest Control a call. We are fast, efficient and discrete and work around Fife, Perth & Kinross and the Central Belt of Scotland.

Facts About Rats

As an adult, the average Rat can weigh between 12 -16 oz, with a body length of 15-20 cm long. The nose is blunt with small ears, and small eyes. The fur is shaggy and coarse with variation in colours. The tail is shorter than the head and body combined, and is quite scaly.

The droppings are 6mm to 12mm in length and are of a capsule shape, with blunt ends. They are usually a shiny black, but may vary according to their diets.

Rats will leave a hind foot track of about 20-25 mm where a mouse’s track measures 12 mm or less. Rats will also drag their tails, leaving a mark between their feet tracks. Unscented baby powder or flour, lightly sprinkled can help you determine tracks and their runways as they cross suspected areas.

Gnawing holes from rats are about 50 mm or more in diameter. They have rough edges and they prefer to gnaw on wood, but can also damage electrical wiring. Rat burrows can be found along foundations, or beneath rubbish and shrubbery. If the burrow is active it usually clear of vegetation. Rat runways are smooth and well packed. Indoors, these runways are free of dust and dirt.

Brown Rats carry many nasty diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine, including; Leptospirosis or Weil’s disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii and Hantavirus. Brown Rats can inflict a great amount of structural damage.

Dealing with Rat Treatment in Fife

How to Get Rid of Rats in the Garden

What you will then need to do is try to identify WHY they are there and where they appear to be coming from. For example;

Are you or your neighbours feeding the birds?
Do you have a nearby compost bin?
Is there an easily accessible water source?
Is there a garden shed nearby?
If so, you are creating rat heaven, with plenty of food, shelter and water.

Where Else Do Rats Live?

Rats sadly don’t only want to stay in the garden. They explore the surrounding area and regularly find ways into a house. Rats will exploit a weakness in the structure of the foundations and walls and dig their way in. Plants, trees and garden walls will act as a stairway to the roof, occasionally they will find an entry point.  Once they are in, the real problems begin.

Rats can cause damage to cables, pipes and skirting boards as well as any other fixtures and fittings they can get their teeth into.

The noise a rat or two rampaging around your attic will also give you plenty sleepless nights.

Your food will be eaten, and in the process, the surrounding area will get contaminated with rat urine and faeces, lovely…. The potential for disease is obvious. Remember to re-wash your dishes.

How Dangerous Are Rats?

What you should also bear in mind is that rats can be dangerous and they carry diseases and parasites. Another useful piece of information is about whether you should simply buy some rat poison? The answer to this is that rat poison doesn’t kill a rat instantly, the process can take up to a week. So the rat will be in immense pain during this time.

Dealing with Rats in the Fife Region

If the rat problem is at work, huge problems can arise, and the implications associated with any type of rodent infestations can leave long-lasting damage to company or business reputations.


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