Rat Pest Control and Eradication

Whether you need a quick professional one off job or a longer term pest prevention plan, Strathearn Pest Control offer a tailored service to meet your individual requirements.

Rats can quickly get out of hand with serious consequences including:

  • Damage to the fabric of buildings, chewed wires, cables etc.
  • Contamination of foodstuffs
  • The spread of disease through direct and indirect contact including: Salmonella; Weils Disease; Lymes disease.

If you have a problem our rapid response commitment means a local technician will be with you within 24hrs to deal with your pest problem.

All our technicians are trained, experienced and undergo continual professional development ensuring that you are in safe hands when employing our services.


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Dundee – 01382 250071
Stirling – 01786 542009
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Brown Rat – Rattus norvegicus

rat control

The common rat has been recorded in Britain since the early 18th century. The most common species of rat found in the UK is the brown rat and will live everywhere, in buildings, sewer systems and outdoors.

There is also the black rat which is much less common and is usually found in port side areas.

Rats are nocturnal animals and live for 9-18 months in the wild. The females can have over 50 offspring in a year.

Why Control Rats?

If left unchecked, the resident rat population can quickly get out of hand with a number of consequences:

  • Damage to the fabric of buildings, chewed electrical wires and cables, fractured water and gas pipes etc

  • They eat practically anything we eat and their urine and droppings will contaminate all foodstuffs they come in to contact with

  • The spread of disease through direct and indirect contact including : Salmonella; Weils Disease; Lyme Disease.

  • Stored items in basement or loft spaces – possessions, documents etc –  can be damaged beyond repair.

  • The presence of rats will damage the reputation and profitability of any business.

  • Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free.

Method of Rat Control

Our usual method for the successful control and eradication of rats is through a combination of rodenticidal baits and proofing.

  • Identify the ‘hotspots’ or areas where the rats are most active

  • Lay tamper-resistant rodenticidal baits in secure locations. We always use tamper-resistant bait stations where there is a risk of access to bait by children or animals.

  • The bait preparations include a toxic ingredient which kills the rats efficiently and humanely.

  • We carry out follow-up visits and will continue baiting until the signs of rat activity disappear.

  • We will then make recommendations, including proofing, to prevent any further infestation in the future.

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