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Signs of Rats in The House: How to Spot and Remove Rats

Signs of Rats in The House: How to Spot and Remove Rats Fast

Noticing signs of rats in your domestic or commercial property is never good. It only takes a few rats to cause an infestation, as they are able to produce up to six litters a year with approximately eight rats per litter.

AMES Group provide a fully comprehensive mouse and rat removal service and work to help customers across the Midlands identify telltale signs of rats and what they can do to remove and deter further infestations. After you have spoken to our team, you can rest assured that your rat and mouse problem will be swiftly dealt with.

Let’s look at the most common signs of rats in houses before you make the call.

The 7 Telltale Signs of Rats 

Although rats are nocturnal creatures and can be difficult to spot in broad daylight, there are some simple signs to look out for.

Rat droppings – the most noticeable sign of a rat problem is by the droppings they leave and they can be found anywhere in the home. In most cases, rat droppings are located near the nest site. However both brown and black rats poop while moving, so rat droppings can also be found in trails. They are small, spindle-shaped droppings and closely resemble rice grains.

Grease and rub marks – rats are not hygienic animals and are often covered in dirt and grease and this can leave smudge and grease marks across walls, floorboards and sometimes ceilings. 

Chewed areas – rats need to wear down their teeth in order to stop them growing and they will gnaw on almost anything to help them achieve this. Most notably, you will find gnaw marks on wooden furniture, sills, wires and other items around the house.

Nests – it’s unlikely that you will discover a rat nest on a plain site as they are nocturnal animals and prefer the comfort of shadows to raise their young. However, rats use a variety of home-based materials to make their nests, these may include:

  • Bits of carpet
  • Wood chippings
  • Twigs and garden debris (brought in from outside)
  • Bits of insulation

Rat burrows – although this is not a problem for rats in the house, they can create burrows outside in your garden. If they do nest in your garden, it can be difficult to catch and eliminate them as some burrows can be difficult to detect.

Footprints – in some cases, you may be able to notice rat footprints in your house. If the area has been desolate for some time, maybe it’s a vacant property or a rarely visited attic, dust will collect and rat footprints will be clearly visible.

Where to Look for Rats

Rats are always on the move in search of food sources, nest location/relocation and they are naturally adventurous and are curious by nature. This means that they can be spotted almost anywhere in the home, but this is far more likely at nighttime as they are nocturnal.

The type of rat(s) you have depends on where they will reside or travel through and we will discuss rat types in the next section. In most cases, both black and brown rats can be found in the following areas:

  • Attics, lofts and high-up areas – some rats are adept climbers and find comfort creating nests in quiet, high-up areas. They are difficult to reach and the only way you may notice them is if you inspect the area or hear scuttling across rooflinings and loft floorboards at night.
  • Kitchens – rats will nest anywhere there are gaps or cubby holes in your kitchen. They are able to squeeze through spaces more than half their size, so if there is an open cable from your garden to your house, a rat will have no problem entering it. You might be surprised to know that rats also enjoy making nests behind ovens. The reason for this is because the warmth from the oven provides a perfect nesting space for the rat litter. 
  • Miscellaneous – rats will nest and burrow anywhere they can. As mentioned previously, rats are able to squeeze into very tight areas and will have no trouble finding their way into awkward spaces. 

What Type of Rats Live Where?

Knowing what type of rat you are dealing with will help you lay the appropriate traps in the right places. We only have two rat species that are native to the UK; the brown rat and the black rat. 

Brown rats are commonly found in both domestic and commercial properties, and are keen burrowers. They will have no problem creating nests outside of your property and burrowing their way into your house. This is why it’s important to seal and cracks and gaps in the exterior walls. They are also adept at squeezing through tiny spaces and enjoy making nests in the warmth of domestic and residential properties.

Black rats are far less common and are not often found in rural areas, if ever. Black rats are usually found in seaside towns or pots and are very strong swimmers. Rats are ‘commensal rodents’, which means they enjoy living within human proximity – this is why they are found in our gardens, fields and homes.

Where they Reside in Your House

Rats can also be identified by the locations where they reside. Most rats that inhabit our houses are brown rats, but it is not unheard of for black rats to infiltrate properties, especially if they are located near a port.

Roof rat – as their name suggests, roof rats prefer to inhabit and nest in high-up places, away from ground level. You can find roof rats making nests inside walls, ceilings, lofts and attics. When laying traps, be sure to look out for the telltale signs of rats, such as droppings in the attic, gnaw and scratch marks and noises from above in the night. Traps should be place in safe areas inside the attic or where droppings were discover.

Norway rat – Norway rats prefer to nest on the ground and rarely come out in the day. Telltale signs include droppings on the floor, gnaw and scratch marks on skirting boards and sometimes in cupboards, as well as ripped and chewed up carpet. Norway rats make their nests on the ground and can be found anywhere in the house. In most cases, their nests will be located inside walls, behind furniture and underneath floorboards. Traps should be placed at the nest site or where you found the droppings.

To learn how to get rid of rats from your home, please visit our article on how to get rid of rats.

Do You Have a Rat or Mouse Problem?

While a one or two rats may not seem like a major problem, leaving them to nest and gain confidence in your property will cause serious infestations in the future. Rats make 5-10 litters every year and those litters can create up to 12 babies, and that’s just one rat.

Buy traps, place them in safe locations away from children and pets and remove the rat when it has been caught. If you have a severe infestation in your domestic or commercial property, professional intervention will be required. 

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How to Remove Rats in Your Loft | Fast & Simple Rat Removal Tips

How to Remove Rats in Your Loft: Fast & Simple Rat Removal Tips

Rats are known as ‘commensal rodents’, which means they enjoy living around humans and watching our day-to-day activities. They are very comfortable living between us and the longer they are left to nest, the more problematic they become. Our lofts and attics make for great nesting and breeding places for rats as they are dark, quiet and often well-insulated. 

Most rats are adept climbers, so they will have no problem climbing up walls and through pipelines to enter your loft.

Why is this a problem?

Rats are able to produce up to eight litters a year and each litter can contain up to 10 babies. That means two rats can swiftly become 20 and that’s when you will require professional rat control intervention.

However, there are some fast and easy ways to get rid of rats in your loft before they become a serious problem. We’ve outlined a step by step guide to identifying and swiftly and humanely removing rats from your loft.

Step 1 – Identifying the Rats

Before you start laying traps, it’s important to identify the rat you’re dealing with in order to select the best trap and appropriate location. There are two rats native to the UK, they are:

The brown rat – far more likely to be found in lofts as opposed to black rats. Brown rats are larger than black rats, have shorter tails, a blunted snout and are commonly found in fields and gardens.

The black rat – less common than the brown rat, black rats are typically found in seaside towns and near ports. Both rats are adept swimmers but black rats are adept and will have no problem climbing and swimming through drainways to infiltrate properties. Black rats are smaller, have a pointed nose and long tails.

Step 2 – Sign of Rats in the Loft

As rats are nocturnal animals, it is often very difficult to spot them in broad daylight, let alone catch them. They do however, leave tracks to help us identify areas they have been. There are a few key clues to look out for.

rat dropping in loft
Rodents droppings in an attic after exterminator removed insulation, exposing infestation
  • Rat droppings – when you go to inspect your loft, look out for rat droppings in the corners of the room and other dark places where rats may like to nest. Droppings resemble brown rice grains and can be found anywhere. Rats poop on the move, so it’s not uncommon for you to discover droppings all across your loft or attic. 
  • Noises in the loft – rats are most active at night and you may hear them scuttling around the loft or in the ceilings late at night. 
  • Gnawing – rats like to grind their teeth on woods and plastics, so be sure to look out for gnaw marks on sills and skirting boards in your loft. Rats are also able to chew through wires, so watch out for this.
  • Smudge marks – rats are notoriously unhygienic creatures and pick up dirt as they travel through fields, sewers and pipelines. As they prefer to keep to the shadows and hug walls as they travel, it’s easy to spot smudge marks and smears along skirting boards. Look out for these marks both inside and outside of your attic or loft.
  • Rat nests – slightly more difficult to look out for as rats usually bury their nests outside as they are less likely to be detected underground. However, it’s unheard of to find a nest in a domestic or commercial property, especially if the area is high up and out of reach from humans. Look out for garden debris, wood chippings and torn up carpet, as these are common materials used for nest building. 
  • Rat footprints – easy to spot in lofts, attics and high-up areas where dust has gathered and footprints can be easily seen. 

Step 3 – Using Rat Traps in Lofts

Fortunately, there are a number of traps and deterrents you can use to eliminate the threat of rats and stop them from returning to your loft. The majority of all rat traps can be effective in trapping and killing rats, but what’s equally, if not more important is trap placement.

  • Snap traps – the most common rat trap, snap traps are used to catch rats and kill them instantly. They work by luring the rat onto a pressure lever (usually baited by peanut butter or something sweet) and upon contact with the lever, it clamps shut, killing the rat. 

Placement – be sure to place the snap trap at the suspected nest site or travel route of the rat. If your attic or loft is dark, place the trap somewhere safe so you don’t walk into it.

  • Live traps – live traps spark a rats natural curiosity into exploring a trap that appears like a nesting location. The rat enters one way and is then trapped, as it cannot exist where it entered. These traps are great for humanely catching rats and relocating them after capture.

Placement – with no risk of children or pets becoming harmed, live traps can be placed anywhere in the loft. It’s a good idea to place it near the suspected nest site of the rat, or around locations where droppings have been sighted.

The Solution

Any of the above should help you successfully identify, catch and safely remove rats from your loft. There are other traps, such as glue traps, but this trap in particular has been deemed somewhat ineffective due to the boards not being strong enough to detain the rat.

If you find that the function is growing larger or traps are failing to work, please contact our professional pest control team for further information.


FAQs

Are rats in the loft common?

Rats prefer attics and lofts because they suit their nesting requirements; dark, quiet and rarely disturbed. Infestations can happen swiftly if the area is not routinely used for inspection.

What do rats in attic sound like?

You should be able to hear scratching and scuttle across the floorboards of your loft. Sometimes, the rats may find their way into the walls and floorboards below the attic, as they are able to squeeze into very tight areas.

Are rats in the attic dangerous?

All rats are dangerous because they are natural harvesters of bacteria and disease. Rats can cause severe health problems to both pets and humans, especially if either are bitten or ingest rat faeces, urine or a droppings. 

Do rats make nests in lofts?

Yes, rats prefer to make nests in lofts because of the quieter surroundings and dark corners.

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How to Kill Rats: Fast & Humane Rat Removal Solutions

How to Kill Rats: Fast & Humane Rat Removal Solutions

AMES Group specialise in the humane removal of rats and use a variety of different baiting, trapping and luring techniques. We understand the problems that come with rat infestations and provide clients with both pest control solutions and home rat removal advice.

Before you remove the rats, you will need to find out where they are nesting.

How to Find Rats

Before you begin killing and removing rats from your property, you will first need to identify where the rats are nesting or infiltrating. Setting baits and traps in random locations is not an effective process and could even put puts or small children in jeopardy. 

Rats are not commonly seen in the day, so it’s not likely that they won’t be caught in the traps in daylight. They are nocturnal creatures, so traps are most effective at night. 

However, there are some telltale signs to look out for, which include:

  • Rat droppings near the nest site
  • Chewed up carpet, furniture or electrical wires
  • Scratching noises at night (floorboards, ceilings etc)
  • Nests made from debris or bits of carpet

If rats are located outside: 

  • Burrows and mounds in the ground
  • Damaged bird feeders
  • Evidence of gnawing of wires or structural wood
  • Gnawed fruit and vegetables in the garden

Identifying the Type of Rat

While most treatments will succeed in eliminating the presence of rats, it’s important to know what type of rat you’re dealing with in order to get the most out of your treatment method.

For example, if you have a roof rat, you will have to place traps and treatments in your attic or within your roof linings.

In the majority of cases, there are only two main types of rats found in both domestic and commercial properties:

  • Black rats – black rats are less common than brown rats in the UK and while they can be found in domestic properties, they prefer wetter environments (such as ports). They are adept climbers and swimmers, meaning they are able to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Black rats are around 16-24cm in length and their tail is longer than their body. They are slender in build and have large ears and a pointed nose. 

They usually live for about a year in the wild, but are able to produce 5-10 babies per litter, and they usually have around five litters a year.


  • Brown rats – bigger than the black rat and far more common in domestic and commercial properties. They are around 40cm long and have a much shorter tail than black rats. It weighs more than the black rat, between 350 – 500 grams. 

They enjoy eating sweeter foods and drink milk, both of which can be used for baiting traps. Brown rats typically produce up to 3-6 liters a year with each litter containing 7-8 young.

The Best Rat Killing Methods

Humane elimination and disposal of rats is encouraged for both the sanitary of the environment and to ensure the rats do not suffer. All rat killing methods should be fast and effective to ensure swift and safe removal. 

We have seperated treatments into three separate categories: baits, traps and placement of traps and baits. This ensures that you are using the right traps/baits in the right places to increase the success of rats being caught.

How to Kill Rats Using Rat traps

There are a number of rat traps on the market, some good and some very bad. It’s important to know which rat trap is suitable for your problem to ensure safe and effective elimination. 

  • Snap traps – the most common rat trap, made out of plastic, metal, wood, or a combination of all three. They are relatively inexpensive and multiple can be used to humanely kill rats. 

How they work – snap traps work by luring a rat onto a pressure point that when stepped on, triggers a metal bar to snap down onto the rat, killing it instantly. Bait is typically used to lure the rat onto the pressure point, bait does not have to be used as some rats will simply be curious about this new object and may want to inspect it. It’s important that these rat traps are regularly inspected to ensure if the rat has been caught, it’s responsibly removed from the premises. 

Note: cheap traps may not kill the rat, but instead badly injure it, which is inhumane and can cause severe distress to both the rat and yourself. Be sure to purchase the correct trap for black or brown rats.

  • Live traps – live traps work differently to snap traps, in that they arouse the rat’s natural curiosity and lead them to investigate the new object in their environment. 

They come in many shapes and sizes, some are designed to look like small houses, others are a series of interconnecting narrow pathways that once entered, cannot be exited. Most live traps are made from plastic and metal.

How they work – Live traps usually incorporate some sort of small entrance that rats enjoy wiggling into and exploring. They will be able to easily enter the rat trap but will not be able to escape. Again, these traps must be regularly inspected to ensure the rat has been caught and can therefore be humanely disposed of or released.

  • Glueboards – glueboards use a strong glue to trap and stick rats to a board. They are usually around 30 – 60 cm long but can come in many sizes. They are made from wood, metal or plastic and feature a glue-based foundation. Baits can be used to lure the rat onto the glue board which it will then become stuck on. 

How they work – as briefly mentioned, glueboards use glue to stick rats to the board. Rats become trapped and then they must be removed outdoors or humanely killed. Glueboards have certainly lost popularity over the years, mainly because of the advancements and affordability of better rat traps, such as the live and snap traps. 

Some rats will also be able to escape from the glue traps, especially if it’s a large brown rat. In this scenario, the rat may end up dragging the board around with it. On a positive note, at least you will be alerted by the noise of the rat dragging the board around the property.

Other Methods on How to Kill Rats

Below are the other methods used to kill rats.

  • Rodenticides – rodenticides are typically used in large scale infestations to humanely poison and kill rats. They are small ingestibles that are placed or scattered around the rat nest site or area of suspected activity.

How they work – rodenticides work by activating Vitamin K in the rats central nervous system, a critical component in the production of blood clotting factors in the liver. This shuts down the rat’s internal systems quickly and eventually kills it.

Proofing your property – prevention will always be better than a cure. The best ways to ensure that rats do not enter your property is by adhering to the following:

  • Maintain a hygienic home or workspaces
  • Cleaning up any leftover food
  • Sealing and cracks, gaps or fissures in the wall

Following these simple steps should ensure rats have no reason to enter your property. If you want to know how to get rid of rats in the house, please visit our article on how to effectively remove rats from your home.

Struggling With a Large Rat Infestation?

If you discover your rat problem is worse than first expected, a large scale infestation may be inevitable. That’s where we come in, AMES Group provides a fully comprehensive rat elimination service for commercial properties and large scale infestations. 

We are based in Birmingham and cover rat problems across the Midlands. We hold over 35 years’ experience in the pest control industry and are BCPA-certified, so you can rest assured that our team will handle your rat problems with care and professionalism

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Mouse Droppings: What do they look like?

Mouse Droppings: What do they look like?

Spotting mouse droppings in your home or commercial property is one of the first signs of infestation and must be treated swiftly in order to reduce the risk of an increased mouse population. Mice are able to populate extremely fast, which is why being able to identify droppings becomes an important part of the mouse removal process.

AMES Group have been removing mice from domestic and commercial properties across Birmingham and the Midlands for over 35 years and are on-hand to provide fast and effective pest control solutions for all customers.

Mouse droppings

Sign You May Have a Mouse Infestation

It’s likely that you will spot the droppings before you see the mouse, as while they enjoy living within our company, they are nocturnal and are unlikely to search for food in daylight.

You spot mouse droppings – mouse droppings are among the first signs you will notice. Mouse droppings are usually grouped together in high numbers, usually 40 – 100 droppings (and that’s just from one mouse). They can be identified by their small, pellet-shaped appearance and their size, roughly ¼ inch in length and resemble grains of rice. If they are light brown, the droppings are likely fresh, the darker and harder the pellets, the older they are. 

Noises, specifically scratching and scuttlings – another telltale sign of an infestation are noises emanating from the walls, floorboards and ceilings. Mice are most active at night and use the cover of darkness to source food and materials to build their nest. The sounds are characterised by scratchings, squeaks, scurrying and gnawing. Be sure to inspect the source of the noise and identify the problem pest.

Chewed sills, furniture and wiring – look out for gnaw marks on bits of furniture and floor sills. Mice can also chew through wires, so be sure to insect behind computers and televisions for mouse nests.

Footprints – noticeable in dusty parts of the property that see rare use (attics, lofts, storage areas etc).

Where to Look for Mouse Droppings

Mice prefer to nest in small, enclosed areas of your home, away from plain sight. However, they may be far closer than you think, be sure to check in the following areas for mouse droppings:

  • Kitchen cabinets, behind the oven and other large appliances
  • Airing cupboards and utility rooms
  • Bathroom cabinets 
  • Lofts, atticus and storage spaces 
  • Garden sheds and workshops
  • Cracks, fissures and holes in the wall

The Difference Between Mouse and Rat Droppings

It’s important to be able to differentiate mouse droppings from rat droppings in order to place effective treatment. Size is the key differentiator here, as stated previously, they are about ¼ of an inch in contrast to trap droppings, which are around half an inch long and are usually wider. 

Additionally, rats poop on the go whereas mice prefer to poop in one place, creating a pileup. 

Are Mouse Droppings Dangerous?

While not as dangerous as rat or pigeon droppings, mouse droppings do carry bacteria which can be dangerous to pets and humans when ingested. In some cases, mouse droppings may also trigger allergic reactions in some people. When inhaled, mouse droppings can also cause the following infectious diseases:

  • Hantavirus – a potentially fatal disease that is transmitted to humans then they ingest the urine, feces or saliva of infected rodents.
  • Bubonic plague – known for causing “The Black Death” in the early 14th century. It is highly contagious and is predominantly spread through bite of an infected rodent but can also be caught if urine, feces or saliva is ingested.

Do Mouse Droppings Smell?

Yes, mouse droppings are known to smell, especially when they are left in a property for too long. The longer they are left, the more difficult the smell is to eradicate.

What Should I do With Mouse Droppings?

Due to mouse droppings giving off a strong, unpleasant smell, air out the area for at least half an hour before cleaning begins. Next, sweep the droppings into a dustpan or hoover them up using a vacuum cleaner. 

Be sure to wear gloves and safely empty the vacuum cleaner/dustpan to dispose of the droppings. Place the droppings into a sealed bag and place this in your bin outside to ensure the smell does not remain in the property. 

Spray or clean the dropping area with antibacterial soap to ensure no remnants are left for pets or children to come into contact with.

Check up on the place you cleaned the droppings from to ensure the mouse is not still present. If it is, you may have an early infestation problem and trapping will be required to alleviate the problem. We’d recommend reading our The 10 Best Baits for Mice | Fast & Easy Removal Tips article.

Have You Spotted Mouse Droppings?

If you have spotted mouse droppings in your commercial property and you would rather let the professionals take care of it, AMES Group is on-hand to help. With over 35 years’ experience in the rat and mouse control industry and certified technicians equipped to handle any problem big or small, you’re in safe hands with our team.

We also provide emergency call-outs if your problem is urgent, for example, if a large infestation of mice is disrupting your commercial property and hindering your staff from working.

For commercial mouse dropping problems, please call our team today for fast, effective and affordable pest control solutions.

How to Get Rid of Rats

How to Get Rid of Rats

For over 30 years, AMES Group have been offering exceptional rat control services to customers based in Birmingham and all over the Midlands. When it comes to safe and humane rat disposal, we employ a range of prevention methods and deterrents to ensure rats no longer cause problems in and around your property.

We generally cater to commercial properties, but if that rat problem is especially large or problematic, we can easily take-on domestic cases. Our service is designed to be fast, efficient and minimally-invasive.

Why rats are a problem in your property

Rats cause a number of problems in both domestic and commercial properties and the longer they are left to nest and form homes, the more complex and expensive the removal method becomes. Additionally, the presence of rats will only further encourage more pests to infiltrate the property causing more problems. 

Most importantly, rats are notorious for carrying harmful bacteria and diseases that can become extremely harmful to humans. If rats are present in your property, it is essential that you contact AMES Group to ensure the health and safety of your staff is not put at risk. 

How to effectively get rid of rats

There are a number of effective ways to rid rats from your property. At AMES Group, we strongly believe that prevention is better than a cure and if measures are taken to ensure rats have no reason to visit your property, you will save yourself time, stress and money.

If you are currently suffering with rat infestation in your property, we have outlined some of the best deterrent methods to try before contacting our pest control team. 

Step 1 – Locating the rats

Before you start thinking about deterrent methods and traps, you must find out where the rats are located. Locating rats can be difficult in the day time as they are nocturnal creatures, so it’s unlikely you’ll find them scuttling around. 

However, there are telltale signs to lookout for to help you pinpoint their location, these include:

  • Dead rats
  • Rat droppings (usually found around litter and dark, secluded areas)
  • Scratch marks on walls or skirting boards
  • Gawn marks on electronics, elads, furniture etc
  • Burrows (when outside) 
  • Nests
  • Dug up carpet 
  • Smudge and smear marks of droppings 

Step 2 – Laying traps

Once you have located the rats, the next step is trapping them. All traps, regardless of what you choose, must be inspected regularly to ensure the caught rat is not struggling or dead. Traps should be positioned roughly where you think the rat is to ensure they are not accessible by pets or children.

Bait traps

The most common and preferred forms of trapping are known as ‘bait traps’ and they can come in many shapes and sizes. Their sole purpose is to lure the rat inside a cage-like contraption that shuts once the trigger is activated.

Snap Traps 

Snap traps used to be the most popular form of rat trap, but have fallen out of favour due to their inhumane trapping technique. Snap traps work by luring the rat into the trap via bait and then once the rat triggers the trap, the trap snaps down, clamping the rat in place. 

Be sure that when you’re buying a snap tap that you are purchasing traps for rats, not mince. The problem is that rats are often too big to be swiftly killed by mice snap traps. Instead, the trap ends up injuring the rat.

Glueboards 

Now seen as an archaic and somewhat ineffective rat control method. Glueboard, as their name suggests, uses adhesive glue to trap the rats in place. This method has a poor success rate, as rats are often too large for the glue to take effect.

​​Live Traps 

Live traps work in a similar way to bait traps, in that they lure the rat into cage contraption that closes upon actigin a switch mechanism. The only difference with live traps is that bait does not need to be used, as the rats’ natural intrigue will lead it to investigate the trap. The traps often resemble small cubby holes that rats enjoy wiggling into.

Be sure to regularly check up on the trap to ensure the rat is humanely disposed of when caught. 

Rodenticides

These are essentially poisonous pesticides that are used to humanely kill rats and mice. Rodenticides are typically used for big rat infestations in commercial properties, when a series of traps will not suffice. 

Using rodenticides is something that should be handled by a professional pest control company or contractor, poor knowledge of using rodenticides can be extremely dangerous to surrounding animals and people. 

Step 3 – Identifying the type of rat 

You don’t need to know exactly what type of rat it is, just where it’s residing. In most cases, rats can be categorised into two types: roof rats and Norway rats.

  • Roof rats – as their name suggests, roof rats prefer to nest up in the roof linings, in attics, on top of garages or upon beams shelves and ledges. Traps should be placed in these areas.
  • Norway rats – these rats usually keep their feet on the ground and commonly nest underground or in dark corners. Traps should be placed near where you think their nest is or any cracks or gaps they may find appealing to sneak into.

Areas Rats inhabit

Rats will inhabit anywhere they deem safe and secure to build their nests. From construction sites and commercial properties to gardens and homes, rats are able to infiltrate almost any area if they are not properly secured.

Below, we have outlined the most common places rats dominate and the

Getting rid of rats in the garden

Detect nests and keep your garden clean

Untidy gardens are the perfect breeding ground for rats’ nests as well as birds and wasps. Gardens that are not frequently used or have areas where shrubbery has become overgrown will lend themselves to rats and other problem pests. It’s also advised to remove any food sources, low-hanging bird feeders for example often attract rats.

Additionally, ensure to plug any holes, cracks or fissures in your garden to ensure rats cannot enter into your home. For example, rats may find their way into your home through broken bits of patio.

Getting rid of rats in your home

Close your bins and rid away loose litter

One of the most common reasons rats infiltrate properties is because they are in search of food. Both indoor and outdoor bins are a typical reason for rat infestations, especially when they’re left open. This is a free source of food for rats and the smell of an open bin can be detected by rats very easily.

Keep your bins closed and be sure to clean them once every few months to ensure no waste is left over inside or surrounding the bin

Other steps to prevention include:

  • Keeping your garden tidy
  • Sealing any entry points (holes, cracks in the walls etc)
  • Be sure to buy a tall bird feeder (or one that rats cannot scale)

Getting rid of rats in larger properties (commercial)

Contact a pest control professional

Most rat infestations in commercial properties need to be handled by professionals due to several reasons. For example, large infestations may require rodenticides which should only be used by experienced rat and pest technicians to ensure the safety of your staff. Additionally, rats can be much harder to track and locate in larger properties and locating vermin with no experience will likely take much longer and cost more.

At AMES Group, we are fully qualified to safely and humanely remove the presence of rats from any commercial property. We can also arrive at times that suit you and your business to ensure our service is as minimally invasive as possible.

Seek an Immediate Solution as Rats May Attract Other Pests

Leaving a rat problem to fester will not only raise severe health and safety concerns and damage your property further, but their presence will also attract more pests.

Why?

When rats are left for too long in your property, they become comfortable and begin building nests as they believe they are in no threat. Rats multiply very quickly and this will alert other problem pests, such as birds and insects. When this happens, the problem becomes more complex and may end up costing you more in the long run. 

Additionally, as more pests infiltrate your property, the more the health and safety of you and our staff is put at risk. 

As soon as you spot signs of rats in yoDo not wait to call the experts at AMES Group, it may save you a lot of stress and a small fortune. Call our team today before the problem escalates. 

When You Require Professional Intervention

In some cases, rat infestations cannot be alleviated through home remedies and standard traps. This is where we come in, to provide a fast, safe and humane rat removal solution. 

How Our Services Get Rid of Rats 

AMES Group provides a range of exceptional services to customers across Birmingham and far into the midlands. From clinical and humane rat removal, to installing prevention deterrents and advising customers on the best ways to keep rats away from their premises.

Our services include:

  • Identifying rats in and around your properties
  • Identifying areas where rats may infiltrate and providing advice and prevention methods to alleviate the threat of rats
  • Preventative rat control measures if sewer pipes have been breached
  • Hygiene advice to deter rats from entering your property
  • How to keep your business premises rat-free
  • Rat nest removal
  • Essential rat prevention measures
  • A guide to the most useful rat prevention products

We are traditionally a commercial pest and rat control company, but if you have a large scale domestic problem, we will take your needs into consideration.

How Our Service Works

We conduct a professional survey of the property and surrounding area – before we begin removing the rats from your property, we conduct a full it survey to assess the severity of the situation. This involves seeing one of our pest and crat control technicians to your property.

You choose a time that is convenient to you and the audit can take between 30 minutes to over an hour. 

Targeted rat control treatments specific to your needs – each rat control job is different as they pose a variety of problems for commercial properties. Once our technicians have assessed the situation, they will begin preparing treatment solutions. In some cases, they may be able to start work onsite immediately, but this depends on the scale of the problem.

Treatments may include:

  • Rodenticides – a humane rat poison that is typically used in large scale rat removal jobs.
  • Bait traps – these work by luring a small number of rats into a cage for humane transportation and relocation.
  • Rodent Odour Control – in some cases (when the rat infestation is severe), rat smells can permeate the air, resulting in a bad smell. This can be a huge problem, in commercial properties, especially if the hospitality industry where hygiene is paramount.
  • Proofing and prevention – as we always say, prevention is better than a cure! Once our team has identified the extent of the infestation and dealt with it, we then discuss future prevention methods. There are a number of ways you can prevent rats from returning to your property, all of which are easy and cost-effective. 

We Are BCPA-Certified

Your rat control job will be undertaken by one of our BCPA-certified pest control technicians. Our team guarantees to provide a specific solution to all rat control problems. We understand that all rat problems are different, which is why we employ different deterrent and prevention methods on each task.

Our surveyors will provide a bespoke solution to your rat problem and provide deterrent and prevention advice specific to your property’s needs. 

Our technicians are trained in all aspects of pest control and have serviced hundreds of commercial properties in and out of Birmingham. They have a wealth of experience and provide solutions to all rat-based problems, swiftly and humanely.

*We also ensure that all rat and pest removal treatments adhere to and comply with standard British health and safety regulations. This ensures the safety of your business and your staff.

Why AMES Group?

Making AMES Group your choice for all rat-related problems grants you a number of benefits that save you money, time and stress. Take a look below at a few of the reasons why we’re Birmingham’s trusted pest control company:

Over 35 years’ experience

Our team has over 35 years experience in the estr control industry. We have dealt with every problem pest, ranging from birds and insects to mice and of course, rats. All methods are in line with the NPTA and our team are BCPA-ceritief to ensure swift and safe rat control solutions. 

Post-removal hygiene cleanses

We offer exceptional post-removal cleaning services to ensure your commercial property is left looking immaculate. This service is available for all pest control services, from rats to birds and insects. We use a special combination of cleaning substances that safely and swiftly remove the telltale signs of rat infestations, without damaging your property. 

Emergency call-outs

If you are suffering with an urgent rat problem and require immediate assistance, we aim to get back to all customers within 24 hours with solutions. In some cases, we may be able to provide immediate deterrent and/or prevention solutions upon arrival. 

Don’t Let Rats Damage Your Property

Contact our professional rat control team at AMES Group to eliminate all rats in a safe and humane manner to allow your business to continue to operate. If your problem is an emergency, we can send one of our pest control technicians to your property ASAP to ensure that the problem is dealt with swiftly and in a professional manner. 

After your call with our team, you can rest assured that your rat problems will be dealt with as soon as possible. Additionally, please see below the areas we cover across the Midlands:

Rat Diseases | Solutions to Rat Problems & Diseases

Rats are notorious for spreading a number of diseases, some of which can become deadly to humans. AMES Group specialises in the safe, fast and humane removal of rats to stop the spread of disease and keep your property clean and healthy.

Rats and other rodents have adapted to our ways of living and when left to breed and nest, can become a severe problem in any property.

In this article, we will be talking specifically about the types of diseases rats carry and why they are harmful to our wellbeing. We will also provide expert removal solutions to ensure that the infestation is not only eliminated but measures are put in place to ensure they do not return.

If you have a severe infestation in or around your commercial property, or you are seeking pest control advice, please contact our rat technicians today. 

If not, please continue reading our article on the different types of rat diseases.

Rodent diseases

Rodents carry a wide range of disease-causing organisms, including many species of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and helminths (worms). They also act as vectors or reservoirs for many diseases via their ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites, as well as some diseases carried by mosquitoes.

In fact, rodents are thought to be responsible for more deaths than all the wars over the last 1,000 years.

Rodents can also carry several parasites and diseases at the same time. A study of rats on farms in the UK found 13 zoonotic (infect humans) parasites and 10 non-zoonotic parasites, with some rats having nine zoonotic parasites at the same time. Many of these had rarely or never previously been investigated in wild rats (e.g. Cryptosporidium, Pasteurella, Listeria, Yersinia, Coxiella and Hantavirus), showing that the threat to human health is greater than previously thought.

How Do You Catch a Rat-Based Disease?

Rat diseases can be caught through several ways, the most common is being direct inhalation or consumption of rat urine, faeces or saliva. For example, if a rat has urinated on packaged food or drink and it is confused, you are at a high risk of contracting a disease.

Other ways you can catch a rat borne disease include:

  • Touching contaminated objects that rats have encountered
  • Handling diseased rats or other rodents without gloves 
  • Being bitten or scratched by an infected rat
  • Host transmission – for example if your cat or dog has been in contact with an infected rat and they come into physical contact or eat it and therefore develop parasites

Below, we have outlined the major diseases that are associated with rats and vermin.

Rat Diseases 

Arenavirus

One of the most common viruses associated with rodents. Arenaviruses are part of the Arenavierada family and typically cause mild to severe illnesses that can be associated with typical virus symptoms, including:

  • Sore throat and coughing
  • Fever
  • Constant headaches
  • Abdominal pain and vomiting

A full recovery is expected in most arenvirus cases. However the diseases caused from Arenaviridae can be fatal if not treated. For a full list of viruses from the Arenaviridae family, visit ND Health.

Bartonellosis (Trench fever)

Also known as trench fever and the cat scratch disease, Bartonellosis is typically transmitted via flea and lice, which are common among rats. People who work with animals, such as vets and animal groomers are at the highest risk of contracting Bartonellosis.

Symptoms are similar to those of the common fever, including fatigue, headache and nausea. However, patients may also experience skin rashes and lesions as well as osteomyelitis (infection of the bone).

Capillariasis

This disease is caused by roundworm, which is a species of nematode. It is often found in rodents (predominantly rats) but can transfer itself to humans, and when left, the disease can become deadly, as the roundworm attacks the liver.

What happens?

When ingested by a human, the nematodes grow and begin to feed on the liver. Overtime, this causes loss of liver function and fibrous tissue production. 

The adult nematodes feed on the liver, slowly causing loss of liver function, inflammation (hepatitis) and abnormal fibrous tissue production as the liver responds to the death of the adults and the presence of eggs.

Symptoms 

Symptoms are often difficult to identify initially, but as the worms lay their eggs inside you, you may develop symptoms of gepeaitisis, anemia, fever and hypereosinophilia. Untreated, this can lead to death.

Echinococcosis

Another worm-based disease, Echinococcosis is caused by tapeworms of the genus Echinococcus. Humans become infected by ingesting the parasite’s eggs; this can be done via eating contaminated food, drink or direct contact with a rat carrying the parasite.

The parasites can also find their way onto/into household pets such as cats and dogs. Treatment is often complex, with humans requiring drug therapy or in some cases, surgery.

Symptoms

Cysts are the most common sign of Echinococcosis, and these cysts are typically found in the liver and lungs. They can transmit to the kidneys spleen and in rare cases, the central nervous system. The result of these cysts can bring on feelings of nausea, coughing and chest pains.

Hantavirus

Hantaviruses are a family of viruses typically spread by rats but can be spread by other rodents. It is spread to humans via aerosolized virus through urine, feces and saliva. While it can be transmitted through a bite, it is unlikely.

Symptoms

Symptoms include fever muscle aches (mainly in hips, thighs and the back) as well as nausea and dizziness. Fortunately, hantaviruses are not contagious from human to human. 

Leptospirosis

Also known as Weil’s disease, it is fairly uncommon in humans but it can be transmitted if broken skin (such as a wound) comes into contact with infected urine, soil or water. There are a number of species of the Leptospira genus, a few of which can evolve into Weil’s disease or even meningitis, which when left untreated can be fatal. Leptospirosis is not commonly found in the UK, it’s more of a tropical disease.

Symptoms

Symptoms usually appear around a week to two weeks after infection and consist of typical fever symptoms. These include coughing, sore throat, headaches, and vomiting. Some people may experience a rash, jaundice or irritated eyes.

Rat bite fever

Rat bite fever is passed from human to human when we come into contact with urine or mucus from a rat or similar vermin. Rat bite fever is quite rare and is not commonly found in the UK and is more common in Japan. People can also contract the disease by getting bitten by the animal, which can leave a nasty bite mark and infection if it is not cleaned quickly with antiseptic. 

Symptoms of rat bite fever include:

  • Ulceration at the bite site
  • A rash around the bite site (it may form reddish-brown plaques)
  • Fever
  • Chills and aches
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes

And in severe cases:

  • Infection of the heart
  • Pneumonia
  • Hepatitis
  • Meningitis

Rat bite fever can be treated with antibiotics and responds well to penicillin.

Rat tapeworm

Rat tapeworms are a type of Hymenolepis tapeworm that when left untreated can cause hymenolepiasis. This type of infection commonly affects children and those who live in poorly santiiured areas or properties. Humans become infected when they ingest dwarf tapeworm eggs, which can be done by consuming infected food or water as well as touching your mouth after touching contaminated areas.

Symptoms

Most people are asymptomatic, but can develop minor symptoms associated with the flu or a fever. It can be treated via a drug called praziquantel, which causes the tapeworm to dissolve within the intestine. 

Salmonellosis

Known popularly as Salmonella, this type of disease lives within the intestinal tracts of animals, predominantly chickens and rats. The disease lives within contaminated foods, such as chicken, proik, beef, milk or eggs. Sometimes vegetables can also carry the disease but this is less common. To ensure you do not contract salmonella, you must cook food thoroughly.

Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea 

Maintaining a strong hygiene routine should be enough to avoid the risk of salmonella.

The Plague

Many people may be unaware that the plague is still present in modern society. However, thanks to the advances of science, it is now far less deadly and much easier to cure. It is caused by a bacteria called Y. pestis, which is transmitted through pests such as squirrels, rabbits, mice and of course, rats. 

Left untreated, the plague can cause septicemic plague and pneumonia and these are both fatal. In fact, the plague can kill up to 60% of people who contract it if it is left untreated.

Symptoms are akin to a fever but can also evolve into organ failure and open sores.

Toxoplasmosis

This is a common infection humans can contract via infected cats, meat or excrement. In most cases, toxoplasmosis is harmless but it can cause serious problems for some people. Be sure to wear gloves if you are gardening and maintain a high standard of hygiene afterwards (wash your hands and clean all gardening apparatus). 

Symptoms

  • high temperature (fever)
  • aching muscles
  • tiredness
  • feeling sick
  • sore throat
  • swollen glands

If you do have symptoms, most people will make a full recovery with no treatment in about six weeks.

Trichinellosis

Also known as trichinosis, this disease is caused when people eat raw or undercooked meat that has come from infected animals. More specifically, trichinellosis occurs when we eat animals infected with larvae of Trichinella (a species of worm).  The most common animals that carry this disease are rats, cougars, pigs and wild boar.

The first symptoms of trichinellosis are usually fever, nausea, dizziness and aches but they can evolve into breathing problems, severe dizziness and in extreme cases, death.

Tularemia

Also known as rabbit fever of deer fly fever, tularemia is one of the rarer diseases and can be very comfortable to deal with. It predominantly affects the skin, eyes, lymph nodes and in some cases the lungs. It is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis and occurs when you are bitten by an infected tick, which can be found on vermin. The disease can also be transmitted through handling infected rodents, eating and drinking contaminated foods or simply inhaling the bacteria.

Symptoms

Symptoms can manifest via:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sometimes a skin ulcer that forms at the infection site through an animal bite

Have a Rat Infestation? We Can Help 

At AMES Group, we are the experts when it comes to safely and humanely eradicating rats from all properties. If you fear you have an infestation and require immediate treatment do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today. 

We have over 30 year’s experience in the pest control industry and regularly undertaken rat removal jobs across the Midlands. With a ranger of treatment options available, we are able to offer a completely bespoke and comprehensive rat removal service.

From rodenticides to bait traps, we can help you remove all rats from your commercial property.

We Are BCPA-Certified

All AMES Group pest control technicians are BCPA qualified, which means we have more than enough experience and expertise to handle your rat removal efficiently. All jobs are undertaken in a fast, safe and humane method.

*We also ensure that all rat and pest removal treatments adhere to and comply with standard British health and safety regulations. This ensures the safety of your business and your staff.

Contact the Experts at AMES Group

Rat diseases can be extremely harmful to people, which is why it’s essential that as soon as you notice a rat in your property, you call the professionals. When left rats can multiply very quickly and this can lead to costly repairs and more importantly, pose a risk to the welfare and safety of your staff  and business.

After you have called AMES Group, you will rest assured knowing that your rat problem is in safe, qualified hands.

Rats in Gardens | Prevention and Deterrent Methods for Gardens

Brown and black rats inhabit both domestic and commercial gardens, given the conditions are suited to their needs. They can cause several problems, from eating your garden vegetables and gnawing through wiring and electrics, to burrowing underground causing rat hills and even infiltrating your home.

Rats are notorious carriers of deadly bacteria and disease, which is why it is essential that you set traps or contact AMES Group for fast and efficient removal.

At AMES Group we understand the frustrations and inconveniences that come with rat infestations, which is why we have created a DIY guide to getting rid of rats from your garden.

Please remember, that if you have a severe rat infestation in your garden, it is likely to be far cheaper and cost you less time and stress calling our certified rat control team to take care of the problem. We can work around your requirements to provide a fast and effective rat removal solution that fits into your daily routine.

For severe garden infestations, please call our emergency rat control team.

Alternatively, if you have one or a few rats in your garden and are looking for DIY prevention and deterrent methods, please continue reading.

Why having rats in your garden becomes a problem

While one rat in your garden may not pose much of a threat, when left, it becomes comfortable and does not see your property as a risk to its life. This means it is more likely to breed, resulting in more rats and therefore more problems.

One or a few rats in a garden can be removed in a number of cost-effective ways before they begin multiplying and causing further damage. Below, we have outlined the best traps, deterrents and prevention methods to keep rats out of your garden. We have separated the categories into:

  • Traps
  • Deterrents
  • Prevention

Continue reading to learn the best ways to get rid of rats from your garden

Rat Traps for Your Garden

There are a number of trapping solutions to consider when catching rats in your garden. Below, we have detailed the most effective rat traps for catching a small number of rats. 

*All methods below are humane

Rat snap traps 

Snap traps are one of the most common rat traps on the market and are still effective. Snap traps work by luring the rat into the trap with bait (usually peanut butter or something sweet-smelling) and once the rat applies pressure to the snap mechanism, it clamps shut, killing the rat instantly. 

It’s important that you research snap traps to ensure you are buying a snap trap capable of killing a rat. Some people buy snap traps believing they are all capable of killing rats, when they are actually only capable of killing mice.

Mouse snap traps will only injure and cause severe distress to rats, so be sure you purchase the correct snap trap.

Food & bait traps

This type of trap, as the name suggests, uses food and bait to lure the rat into a cage-like trap. The cage uses a lever mechanism that activates when the rat enters the cage and closes shut, trapping the rat inside. The rat is in no discomfort in this cage, but it is important that you regularly checkup on the trap to ensure the rat has been safely caught and you can relocate it away from your garden. 

If you have any small pets (guinea-pigs, hamsters, tortoise etc) be sure to keep them inside to ensure they do not get trapped within the bait trap.

​​Live Traps 

In a similar format to food and bait traps, live traps work by luring a rat into a cage-based mechanism but do not need bait. Instead, these traps are designed to encourage the rat to enter the trap because it’s shaped like an area they enjoy to nest in. 

Live traps can resemble dark, cubby hole-like contraptions that rats love to explore. Once inside, the rat will need to be safely and humanely relocated.

Rodenticides

Rodenticides should only really be used for larger garden infestations as a bait or snap trap would be cheaper and less labour-intensive than using rodenticides. They are small pills that poison and kill the rat when consumed. 

It is absolutwely essential that rodneticdes are only used by experienced pest control technicians to ensure the safety of the surrounding area. Rodenticides can be very harmful for pets and small children if consumed. 

If you do have a larger garden infestation, please do not hesitate to give AMES Group a call today for fast and efficient rat control solutions.

Deterrents for Rats in Gardens

Below are some cost-effective tried and tested rat removal methods you may want to consider:

Peppermint oil

There have been cases of people reporting that peppermint oil disturbs the senses of rats, causing them to leave the area. Applying peppermint to the nest site or areas where the rat has been is simple and can be done in multiple ways. 

The easiest is by soaking some cotton balls or pads in peppermint oil and placing them around the nest site and other areas the rat(s) have travelled through. Be sure to reapply the oil to the balls once a week to ensure the small is still potent to the rats. 

Soil netting

If you have recently refurbished your garden or have planted new beds for spring/summer, then be sure to protect your land with soil netting. Rats will have no trouble burying underneath your freshly planted flowers and vegetables, causing damage to both your food and the aesthetics of your garden.

The soil netting is laid just underneath the soil to bar any and all rats from tunnelling above and below. 

Catnip

Like peppermint, catnip holds a certain scent that is problematic for rats. We’d advise planting catnip around rat site spots to ensure they do not nest or return to these areas.

Removing bird feeders and food sources

Rats are often able to reach low-hanging bird feeders, so be sure that you either remove these bird feeders or place them high up in an area out of reach to rats. Other food sources such as rubbish bins, BBQs and open animal foods, should be sealed or removed to ensure rats have no access to them.

Prevention Methods

Below are some of the most common prevention methods, all of which are easy and cheap to perform.

Fixing and filling any fissures, gaps and cracks

It’s widely-understood that rats are able to find their way into cracks and holes that are far smaller than their body mass. If your garden has any cracks in the walls, within the patio or anything fissures that lead into your property, it is essential you have them covered. Rats can make nests in these cracks and once they begin multiping, it becomes more expensive and laboursome to draw them out. 

Filling the gaps is easy and can be done with a filler bought over the counter.

Ensuring your garden is kept clean and well-maintained

If you have areas of your garden that have been left baron for some time, rats may nest here as they deem it safe to do so. Overgrown shrubbery provides the perfect hideout for rat nests, this is because it provides shelter as well as safety (because you do not venture into this side of the garden).

By simply keeping your garden cleaned and maintained, you can alleviate the threat of rats infiltrating your garden and property. With nowhere safe to build their nests, they will find another area.

Removing any leftover food

As stated previously, removing pet food and leftover foods will discourage rats from entering your garden as they will not be able to find a constant supply of food.

Cleaning out any pet cages/homes

If you have any pets that live outside, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, tortoises, ensure that their cages are routinely cleaned. Additionally, if you are using traps, be sure that these are well away from the pets’ enclosures.

Telltale Signs of Rats in Your Garden

Knowing where the rats are nesting or where they have been will greatly increase the success of your traps. Rats are very rarely seen in the daytime, this is because they are predominantly nocturnal creatures. However, there are some key signs to look out for when it comes to tracking down rats, which we have outlined below. 

  • Dead rats
  • Rat droppings (usually found around litter and dark, secluded areas)
  • Scratch marks on walls or skirting boards
  • Gawn marks on electronics, elads, furniture etc
  • Burrows (when outside) 
  • Nests
  • Dug up carpet 
  • Smudge and smear marks of droppings 

If you have discovered any of the above in your garden, place the selected trap in and around these areas to ensure a higher trapping success rate.

Rats will attract other pests if not removed

Although one or two rats may not seem like a big problem, eventually, they will multiply and this can happen in as quickly as two weeks. Additionally, not only will the rats multiply, but their presence will alert other pests and they will deem your garden to be a safe place to nest. 

Other problem pests include:

  • Birds (seagulls, pigeons, sparrows, starlings etc)
  • Insects
  • Wasps 

Why should you alleviate this problem?

As more pests enter your garden, the more complex it becomes to get rid of them. Not only that, but more pests in the garden raise health and safety concerns as well as increase the price of the pest control measures. 

Overall, one rat could lead to a nest of rats and the introduction of other pests in the space of a few weeks. Prevention is better than a cure, be sure to lay traps or call AMES Group if the infestation is severe.

When You Require Professional Intervention

In some cases, rat infestations cannot be alleviated through home remedies and standard traps. This is where we come in, to provide a fast, safe and humane rat removal solution. 

Solutions to commercial rat problems

If you are responsible for a heritage garden site, such as Winterbourne House and Garden or The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and have discovered an infestation of rats, this is where we can help. Through us, you can save time, stress and money on your pest control requirements and we service everywhere in Birmingham and through the Midlands.

Our services include:

  • Identifying rats in and around your commercial garden area/heritage site
  • Identifying areas where rats may infiltrate and providing advice and prevention methods to alleviate the threat of rats
  • Preventative rat control measures if sewer pipes have been breached
  • Hygiene advice to deter rats from entering your property
  • How to keep your business premises rat-free
  • Rat nest removal
  • Essential rat prevention measures
  • A guide to the most useful rat prevention products

For major infestations on large garden sites, please do not hesitate to call our rat and pest control team today. We make light work of rat removal and will ensure to arrange a time and date that is convenient for you and/or your business.

How We Remove Rats from Commercial Gardens

Each job starts with a professional survey of your garden site. This involves sending one of our BCPA-certified technicians out to inspect the severity of the infestation. Then, they will be able to devise a plan to effectively remove the rats from your garden area.

*You will be able to choose the time and date in which we visit your garden. Times are flexible and we always work within your allocated time requirements to ensure our service is swift, efficient and non-invasive. 

The next step is devising a targeted rat control treatment specific to your needs. As each garden and rat problem is different, they will require bespoke treatments to ensure the full and safe eradication of the pest. We will work alongside you to ensure that you are happy with the treatments we use. In some cases, we may be able to start treatment upon arrival, but this will depend on the severity of the infestation. 

Treatments may include:

  • Rodenticides – a type of rat poison that kills the rat once consumed. We will also take care of removing the dead rats once the rodenticides have taken effect.
  • Bait traps – we use bait traps to lure a small to medium amount of rats into cages for relocation. 
  • Rodent Odour Control – typically used inside commercial properties but can be applied outdoors, odour control removes the smell of rats. When dead or alive, large numbers of rats can leave terrible smells in the area.
  • Proofing and prevention – at AMES Group, we always say that prevention is better than a cure, which is why we educate all customers on the best ways to prevent the return of rats. We will also proof your garden once we have treated the rat infestation. This may involve filling cracks and fissures as well as securing any loose fitted doors and/or entrances.

If you have a rat problem in a heritage garden site or a commercial property with a garden, we can provide fast, expert solutions at very affordable prices.

We Are BCPA-Certified

When you arrange rat treatment with AMES Group, you can rest assured that all technicians are BCPA-certified, meaning we are qualified to handle any and all rat-related problems with professionalism and expertise. We have carried out hundreds of rat removal tasks in Birmingham and beyond for over 35 years, so you can rest assured your gardens are in safe hands with our team.

*We also ensure that all rat and pest removal treatments adhere to and comply with standard British health and safety regulations. This ensures the safety of your business and your staff.

Why AMES Group?

Making AMES Group your choice for all rat-related problems grants you a number of benefits that save you money, time and stress. Take a look below at a few of the reasons why we’re Birmingham’s trusted pest control company:

  • Bespoke rat control solutions for all gardens
  • Over 35 years’ experience
  • Post-removal hygiene cleanses
  • Emergency call-outs

For Expert Rat Solutions for Your Garden

While we do not regularly perform domestic rat removal, if you own or are in charge of looking after a large commercial garden or heritage site, we can help. Our services cater to larger rat infestations and we are able to discreetly and effectively remove the presence of rats and restore your garden to its former beauty. 

After your call with our team, you can rest assured that your rat problems will be dealt with as soon as possible. Additionally, please see below the areas we cover across the Midlands:

Covid-19 Statement

Dear AMES customers.

Following the announcement of the government enhancements surrounding COVID-19 on 23rd March 2020, AMES want to reassure you all that our service and operations will continue as normal. 

In line with the announced enhancements, we have taken necessary steps to protect our employees and our customers, whilst maintaining our high level of service and support for essential businesses and keyworkers, as well as offering emergency support for all of our clients.

All of our office staff will be remotely working from home and are fully operational.  You can contact our team via the usual channels;

Service  and Service       
0808 239 1111
0121 443 111
info@amesgroup.uk.com

Our field based staff will continue to service our client base, as this task “absolutely cannot be done from home”.  Each operative has received a dedicated virtual toolbox talk on the necessary precautions, which they should take whilst in the field, as well as all operatives wearing the recommended appropriate PPE for the visit. 

All routine visits, emergency call outs and surveys will be subject to a pre-visit COVID-19 questionnaire, followed by a dynamic risk assessment on arrival to the location by the operative.  Mandatory questions include;

  1. Before attendance – can the visit still be completed during the current climate?
  1. Have there been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the property?

If yes, the visit will be put on hold, until a further risk assessment has been completed.

  1. Can the operative sign in/enter the building/carry out the visit whilst maintaining safe social distancing at all times?

If this cannot be maintained, the visit will be put on hold.

In most instances we imagine the visits will proceed.

Our work is important with regards to keeping the public safe. The servicing we provide helps to keep pests out of commercial buildings and residential homes, working to support our nation at this unprecedented time.

Pests can spread many diseases and the importance of the pest control industry to the nation as an essential service cannot be understated. Unfortunately, the government has not prioritised us as an “essential service” at present, but this could all change.

As a nation, we absolutely cannot afford to have our medical facilities, schools, supermarkets, commercial buildings or homes uninhabitable; especially as the government are communicating to us that we are all to stay at home.  We deem pest control services to be essential for this reason.

Our number one priority is the protection of our employees and our customers. We have made many changes throughout the business to comply to the regular government updates and will continue to do so for all future enhancements.

All of our account managers are working to support their specific accounts throughout the crisis. Please contact them via your normal channels and they will be able to advise and assist on any specific requirements.

We wish you and your family all the very best and can assure you that we will help you wherever we can. We all have to work together, as this virus is deadly and doing the right thing is the only way to defeat it.

Please continue to follow the government guidelines to remain safe and healthy.

We thank all of you for your understanding during this extraordinary time.

The AMES Management Team 

Rat Droppings: Location, Identification and Removal

One of the most worrying pest-related suspicions a homeowner can have is that there may be a rat nesting somewhere in your home. Where one rat can be found, it is highly likely that there will be more, and if they are left to their own devices, you may find yourself overrun by an infestation. To prevent this from happening, it is heavily recommended that you check for signs of rats, including rat droppings in and around your property.

If you have found rat droppings in your house, or you have found droppings but have not been able to positively identify them, then AMES Group are here to help. As experts in pest control and removal, we know how to identify rat droppings, and will be happy to provide our customers with advice on what to do to locate and identify them, as well as get them cleaned up.

When you find recent rat droppings in your home, the animal that caused them will still likely be hiding somewhere on your property as well. We know that you will want to do something about this, before one or two problem pests become a large infestation.

Get in touch with us today and we will be able to carry out a swift and professional removal on any and all rats found on your property, keeping your space pest-free and letting you get back to everyday life.

Locating Rat Droppings

Rats are able to produce up to 40 droppings a night, which will usually be found in concentrated areas. These are the areas that rats will most likely visit when they are moving through your house, either unseen or at night, when everybody who lives in the property is asleep. 

Areas where you are most likely to find rat droppings include:

  • Attics and other spaces where rats may nest
  • Unused boxes
  • Near packets of food
  • Cupboards and drawers
  • Gaps between walls and crawl spaces that rodents may use as “runways”
  • Behind furniture
  • Behind appliances such as cookers, dishwashers and washing machines.

If you find droppings in any of these locations and they appear to have been recently left, it is likely that you will have a rat or several in your home. Fortunately, we know exactly what to do to remove them for you, with little hassle and minimal disruption to your daily routine. Contact us today and we will be able to send one of our trained and qualified team members to your location in no time at all, helping you to get your home pest-free again.

Identifying Rat Droppings

rat droppings

When you find one or more droppings, they will most likely be from a rat if they are dark brown, moist and tapered or curved. In terms of shape, rat droppings look like a large and wide grain of rice. They should also be between 10-20mm in length. Older droppings will be dry, greyer in colour and may easily fall apart if touched (if you only find droppings like this, they will most likely have been left behind from rats that have been in your home previously).

Rat droppings do smell, but their odour will most likely be overpowered by rat urine, as this will also be present if you have fresh rat droppings in your home.

Rat vs. Mouse Droppings

rat vs mouse droppings

The most noticeable difference between mouse and rat droppings will be the size. A rat dropping’s size will be much larger than that of a mouse, while a mouse dropping will have thinner, more pointed ends. There may also appear to be more droppings if you have a mouse infestation, as they can produce twice the amount that rats can per day.

Rat Dropping Health Risks

Out of every sign and symptom that you have rats in your home, rat droppings remain the one most likely to pose a risk to your health. This not only extends to you and other people living on your property (there is an increased risk if someone in the house is pregnant), but it can also affect your pets. Rat droppings are dangerous for dogs in particular, as well as humans.

Diseases caused by rat droppings that can affect humans include:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
  • Hantavirus Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS)
  • Weil’s Disease
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Leptospirosis

Diseases caused by rat droppings that can affect pets include:

  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Tularemia (Rabbit Fever)
  • Roundworm
  • Plague

The longer rat droppings are left on your property, the more the risk of a health hazard increases. In order to prevent this from happening, it is best that the droppings are cleared up as soon as possible. To ensure that no more can be created after this, you should also call us right away so that one of our team members can remove the rats for you.

Cleaning up Rat Droppings

You must be thorough when attempting to clean up rat droppings, as any that are missed will still run the risk of passing on disease to you, your family and your pets. Below, we have listed a several step procedure that will allow you to safely clean up and remove rat droppings from your home.

  1. Ventilate Your Home

When you find rat droppings somewhere in your home, you should ventilate the room before you attempt to clean them up. Open all the doors and windows that lead into the area for at least half an hour before starting.

  1. Put on Protective Wear

Before attempting to remove the droppings, remember to put on rubber gloves, a face mask, and think about wearing protective goggles as well. These will keep you from handling the droppings directly, inhaling any dust from them or potentially getting dust or particles in your eyes.

  1. Use a Disinfectant Spray

Create a solution of 360ml of chlorine bleach with 5L of hot water and spray the droppings with this mixture. You should not try to vacuum rat droppings, or sweep them up, as this can release pathogens into the air or trap the pathogens in your broom or vacuum cleaner.

  1. Pick up the Droppings

Use a paper towel to pick them up, placing them in a sealable plastic bag. The paper towel should also be placed in a sealable plastic bag.

  1. Dispose of the Droppings

Discard the bags in a bin outside your home.

  1. Disinfect all Surfaces

Using the same disinfectant you used on the droppings, wipe all the floors and surfaces in the room. Wipe them dry with a paper towel.

  1. Wash Your Hands

Clean your hands thoroughly using hot water and disinfectant, making sure you also clean under your nails and around your wrists.

Prevention

The next course of action after you have removed the rat droppings will be to prevent more from appearing. To do this, you should contact a professional pest removal service to remove any rats that are still in your home.

This will put a stop to the diseases caused by rats and can prevent damage that they would ordinarily cause to your property, allowing you to feel like your space is clean and pest-free once more.

Get in Touch

If you suspect there may be rats in your home, either because you have heard noises, found droppings or seen the damage they have caused, contact AMES Group today. Our team is made up of highly trained and qualified professionals, who will carry out a swift, safe removal for any and all rats found on your property. 

We want you to feel comfortable in your space, so we will do everything we can to make that happen. We will even be happy to offer advice on what to do to stop rats from returning to your home. Get in touch and we will send someone to help as soon as possible.

Problem Birds: The Worst Bird Pests Identified and Ranked

Are birds pests?

While birds wouldn’t necessarily be put in the same category as more obvious pests, such as rats, cockroaches and bed bugs, they can cause significant damage to property, especially in higher numbers – which makes them pests. Birds present several problems, such as noise pollution, flocking, nesting, excreting and crop damage. This is why bird control is so important.

Some of the most common bird pests are:

  • Pigeons (feral pigeons)
  • Geese
  • Starlings
  • Seagulls
  • Sparrows
  • Collared doves

Below, we’ve ranked the worst bird pests and bird species from the least problematic, to the most. We have also ranked their noise pollution, droppings and flocking/grouping problems out of five (one being the least problematic, five being the most).

10. Swallows

Controversial, but the main problem with swallows is that they nest within our properties. Swallows prefer to nest in quieter areas, which leads them to build nests in our sheds, garages and the outside of our houses (mainly under roofs). The main material they use to build nests is mud, which damages exterior walls. They aren’t by any means a huge threat, but they do need to be dealt with before the problem worsens.

Noise Pollution: 2

Droppings Problem: 1

Flocking/Grouping: 2

Aggressive? No

9. Woodpeckers

Not as common as other urban birds but they do present a few problems. Woodpeckers are known for loudly drumming into trees to create nests, and this can be especially irritating when there’s a group of them. Woodpeckers may also attempt to peck into sheds, garages and other properties where they think they can build nests, which can lead to structural damage.

Noise Pollution: 4

Droppings Problem: 1

Flocking/Grouping: 2

Aggressive? Yes, if their nest is threatened

8. Collared Doves

Collard doves’ main problem is they are very territorial and difficult to relocate due to their homing instinct. They can also create quite a lot of noise, especially when in groups and during mating season. Their droppings are also known to stain properties and, if left unattended, can cause permanent damage.

Noise Pollution: 4

Droppings Problem: 3

Flocking/Grouping: 2

Aggressive? No.

7. Crows

Crows aren’t known for damaging property, but they can cause disruption to residents in large numbers. Crows are notorious for being loud and when there’s a flock nesting in a tree, they can be disruptive. Crows are also very intelligent, and they’ve been known to have an uncanny memory for human faces and even hold grudges! So, before trying to remove a crow’s nest or flock, contact a pest control expert.

Noise Pollution: 5

Droppings Problem: 2

Flocking/Grouping: 3

Aggressive? Yes, if you antagonize them

6. Starlings

Starlings are classified as an ‘urban pest’ in the same way as pigeons and seagulls are. Alone, starlings aren’t too problematic, but when flocking, they can easily overwhelm trees, buildings and even airports.

Noise Pollution: 3

Droppings Problem: 1

Flocking/Grouping: 4

Aggressive? No

5. Sparrows

Another bird that causes problems in urban areas. Sparrows will nest almost anywhere and aren’t bothered by noisy areas in the same way swallows are. They also cause problems for manufacturing and food processing plants because they create nests in these areas and steal food, which raises hygiene issues.

Noise Pollution: 2

Droppings Problem: 2

Flocking/Grouping: 4

Aggressive? No

4. Magpies

Magpies are now the most vilified birds in the whole of the UK.

Magpies are known for their aggressive and arrogant natures, often bullying other birds and disrupting crop fields and even stealing and eating other birds’ eggs. They’re also very loud and often disrupt urban areas with their squawking.

Noise Pollution: 3

Droppings Problem: 2

Flocking/Grouping: 3

Aggressive? Yes, but only to other birds.

3. Geese

Geese mainly cause problems by destroying and eating crop fields. Their excrement is also a problem, as their droppings cause health concerns, especially in lakes, reservoirs and even crops. Geese are also known for being very loud and disrupting air traffic. Canada Geese can, and have, caused serious plane accidents.

Noise Pollution: 5

Droppings Problem: 4

Flocking/Grouping: 3

Aggressive? Yes, very.

2. Seagulls

Missing out on the number one spot for the worst bird pest are seagulls. Seagulls dominant our coastlines and are not afraid of humans. They have no problem stealing food out of people’s hands and even attacking them to retrieve food. Seagull droppings also deface exterior properties and can cause lasting damage if they’re not tended to. Their notorious squawking is also a nuisance and becomes worse when they’re raising and protecting their young.

Seagulls also cause massive problems for commercial seaside businesses, as they drive away customers because of their aggressive nature and food scavenging.

Noise Pollution: 5

Droppings Problem: 4

Flocking/Grouping: 3

Aggressive? Yes, very.

1. Pigeons

Taking the number one spot for the worst bird pest is the feral pigeon. While they may not be as aggressive as other birds on this list, they are by far the most invasive and difficult bird group to relocate bird in the UK. There are hundreds of thousands of pigeons littering the UK and their excrement has caused millions of pounds worth of damage to buildings and vehicles. Additionally, pigeons carry diseases and their droppings are also very toxic and can even lead to Psittacosis (Parrot Fever).

Pigeons also flock in large numbers and can cause disruptions to air traffic in the same way as Canada Geese. They are, for the most part, placid birds but their presence causes serious damage to urban areas and can make our towns and cities look grim and dirty.

Noise Pollution: 4

Droppings Problem: 5

Flocking/Grouping: 5

Aggressive? No.


If you’re suffering from bird infestations, or birds nesting in and around your property, head over to our bird control page to find out how we can help. AMES has over 30 years’ experience in the bird control industry and can supply your property with expert bird deterrents to help keep you and your property safe and bird-free.