Rats (Rattus norvegicus)
Common Rats – Norway Rats – Sewer Rats – Brown Rats
The main rat specie found in Ireland is the Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus), also called Brown Rat, Common Rat or Sewer Rat. Common Rats are carriers of zoonotic diseases, i.e. which can be passed from animal to human.
Rats eat all sorts of foods (omnivores) ranging from grain and cereals to leftover takeaway foods. An adult will consume up to 30g of food per day. This is why it is essential to store away all foods, including rubbish bags that should never be left lying on the ground. Rats are also neophobic, i.e. they are afraid of new objects and may take days before venturing into bait stations, rat traps, or eat poison bait.
Brown rats are gray, brown or black, with small eyes and ears. Their body can reach up to 25cm in length, with an additional 21cm for the tail (always shorter than the body, unlike mice). Adult male rats weigh up to 400g and adult females up to 250g.
- Rats are very agile and easily climb vertical surfaces, often entering houses through walls 0r air vents apertures in the Autumn when outside food sources become more scarce.
- Norway rats live in sewers fields, farmlands and in buildings/structures. Rats in gardens are also frequent issue, especially near or in compost bins.
- A female rat is capable of giving birth to four to six litters per year, each containing five to ten offspring. These young rats can reproduce within three months after birth. In one year a pair of rats can produce a population of up to 700.
Rat treatments depend on the location, the level of infestation, and the presence of non-target species in the area. Rat control may include the use of rodenticides, spring traps, cages, sewer valves, building proofing, bait stations, etc.
Owl Pest Control Technicians have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with rats from any area around your home or business, e.g.: rats in ceilings, walls, rats under kitchen presses, burrows under floor boards. We also offer a full range DIY rat extermination products below.
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DIY Rat Treatment Products
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Heavy Duty Outdoor Galvanised Mice Bait Stations. Safe and locked box (metal or plastic) designed to hold rat poison (rodenticide)
Outdoor Compact PVC Plastic Rat Bait Stations. Sturdy and safe design with 2 locks, a key, and a wall bracket to hold the box in place.
Rat Traps - Professional strong spring traps
Designed to kill rats instantly.
Quantity discounts available.
Ratflap - Rat blocker for sewer drains.
Prevents rats from getting access to your property via sewer pipes.
Simply slips into place. Simpler solution than getting drain pipes repaired. High grade stainless steel.
Rodenticides - Rat poison to eradicate the entire colony.
Humane (no kill) live catch-and-release Rat traps (soon available online - please call us to order).
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