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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 extremely destructive, causing problems such as electrical fires from gnawing on wiring & contamination of food products. Rats are notorious for water contamination and the transmission of diseases, such as the Bubonic plague, typhus fever and Salmonella.

Rat Prevention

Rat Control

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.

Problem with Rats in Dublin? Ask a Pest Control Specialist:

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    DIY Rat Treatment Products

    Want to treat a rat infestation by yourself?

    Click on the links below for more details or to buy Rat Treatments and Control products online.

    External Bait box for Rodenticide - Owl pest control Dublin

    Heavy Duty Outdoor Galvanised Mice Bait Stations. Safe and locked box (metal or plastic) designed to hold rat poison (rodenticide)

    Rodent Bait Station Plastic External - Owl pest control Dublin

    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 Trap / T-rex - Owl pest control Dublin

    Rat Traps - Professional strong spring traps
    Designed to kill rats instantly.
    Quantity discounts available.

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    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.

    Vertox 25 - Owl pest control Dublin

    Rodenticides - Rat poison to eradicate the entire colony.

    Live Catch Traps - Owl pest control Dublin

    Humane (no kill) live catch-and-release Rat traps (soon available online - please call us to order).


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