Rat Control Liverpool

Rat Pest Control Services in Liverpool

Ever had a rat scurried over your legs? We bet you shrieked. Rats are as scared of humans as humans are of them, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try to live with you. Rats like to live among humans as that means there’ll be food, even if it’s from the garbage. Mostly, they just do their best to stay out of sight

Rats are not to be confused with mice, but they’re closely related. They also have similar behaviours and spread dangerous diseases among humans. Their control methods also tally. But since they’re still two different animals, we’ll talk about the rat here. You can read our article on mice control to learn about handling mice infestation. If you have rat problems, give us a call immediately: 0151 541 6856.



About Rat Pest Control

We’ll focus on the two kinds of rats that visit homes, offices, warehouses, and barns:

  • The black rat and;
  • The brown rat.

Physical Features

The physical features of the black rat are different from those of the brown rat. You can use the following details to figure out which is which. 

Brown rats have blunt noses. Their ears are small and hairy. They also have thicker bodies, and their tails have a pale colour. The black rats, however, have slender bodies and pointed noses. You’ll also notice that they have tails whose length is more than the length of their head and body combined. Their tails are useful for balancing during movement.

Brown rats are also called street rats or sewer rats. You can find them in virtually all places except Antarctica. They’re all over the world! They prefer to live among people in urban areas. Their underparts are lighter, and they are sharp of hearing. 

Brown rats have a smart sense of smell, which makes them excellent hunters. They have a poor vision if they’re pigmented. They are great swimmers and can hold their breath for as long as they need to. They also have an extensive burrowing ability.

The black rat is nicknamed house or ship rat. Since it’s omnivorous, it doesn’t always stick to only high moisture foods. It can eat seeds, fungi, and even other vertebrates like birds and invertebrates like insects. Black rat popularly regarded as the farmer’s pest and is highly destructive. Their adults measure 12.75 mm to 18.25 mm. Their preference is to begin foraging after sunset.

Feeding Methods

Black rats are known to prefer moist fruits. They are omnivorous and will eventually eat anything that they can find. They drink about 30 ml of water in a day. They also avoid hunting in a single location, and that’s one of the factors that make them difficult to detect. 

Brown rats are also omnivorous but prefer to eat cereals. They don’t kibble like the mice; they just cut the grain. Having excellent memories (a factor common to all rats), they tend to remember where they last hunted and will go to that same place every night to hunt for food. They drink about 60 ml of water daily.


Both rats are drawn to places with food. Brown rats make their nests in burrows and live on the ground. Black rats build their nests in palms. Their nests are round and made of shredded materials. They can also burrow into the ground and can be found in wall cavities and false ceilings.


Droppings of brown rats are brown, full and dark brown while those of the black rats appear long and thin.

Disease Spreading

Both rats spread harmful diseases. The fleas that fed on brown rats took up the Bubonic disease from the rats and spread them to cause the Bubonic plague outbreak. They also spread diseases like toxoplasmosis Streptococcus pneumonia and so on.

The diseases that the brown rats spread include Leptospirosis, Hantavirus, Toxoplasmosis gondii, just to name a few.


The brown rat has about three to six litters in a year with a litter size of 7 to 8. The young usually take 10 to 12 weeks to develop into adults.

The black rat also has three to six litters every year, but the size is only 5 to 10 and it’s young mature faster- between seven to eight weeks.


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Difference between Rats and Mice

A rat is different from a mouse.

A rat has larger feet and head than a mouse. Its tail and ears are, however, smaller than those of a mouse. Rats prefer to eat fruits and food with high moisture content, while rats prefer cereals. While rats cut their foods, mice kibble to get the grain’s endosperm.

A rat’s droppings are either wide or long and thin while a mouse’s droppings are granular in shape and black in colour.

All of these differentiate rats from mice.

Rat Detection

Rats are easy to detect from their:

  • droppings

If you happen to find their droppings around any of your belongings, you should know you have some rats visitors.

  • nests

Finding their nests around your house or workplace is a surefire way to be aware that you have a rat infestation.

  • scurrying noise: 

Have you heard the little things running about when it’s dark? Yep, you’ve got rats.

  • destruction: 

If you notice damages to any of your things, including books and packaged foods, note that you have rats nearby.

  • squeaking sounds

Their squeaking sounds can be annoying and disturbing. If you notice any such thing, call on the experts to help you inspect and treat the situation.

Rat Control Services and Treatment

Just as in mice control, we offer rat pest control services for rats by first carrying out a detailed survey, then administering the treatment, and finally ensuring follow up.

Our first step of surveying will involve us coming over to your property on an agreed date. We’ll thoroughly assess the situation and help you understand it. We’ll discuss the treatment methods with you and help you choose what’s best.

The treatment itself will be done using approved methods. We’ll figure out the rats’ nests and remove them from your home, no matter how many they are. Our experts always ensure thoroughly completed work to make sure your home is protected once and for all.

We’ll be continually available for follow up services. If you notice the rats returning or want to call our attention to something else, feel free to do so. We’ll return if we have to and handle the problem. 



Rat Control Cost

We can’t give a one size fits all quote online. We can provide you with a rough estimate, but we won’t honestly know if you’ll pay higher or lesser until we arrive at your property for official inspection. 

In the light of this, to know how much your pest control will cost you, kindly give us a call on our line: 0151 541 6856. When we arrive and draw up your quote, you can be sure that our rat control company doesn’t cheat, hide details, or play without a customer’s time.

Rat Control FAQs

Rats control FAQs answers? We’ve got a bunch here. And if there are still questions we have not answered, kindly give us a call to speak directly to a member of our helpful staff.

Do some houses naturally attract rats?
Dirty houses generally attract rats more. But this doesn’t mean rats have a preference for the kind of homes they like to live in. The most important thing is food. As long as there are food and a source of water, rats will try to enter and stay for as long as they possibly can. The keyword here is ‘food’.

How often do I need to ask you over for proper rat pest control?
You should have us come over as many times as required to keep your home or establishment from rats infestation. For preventive control, a few months apart will do. But when you notice a rat around, you should let us know so we’ll check if there are others and eliminate them before they become too hard to control.

Do I need to leave my house or close down my establishment while the treatment is on?
No, you don’t have to. Our experts will discuss more with you on this during the inspection.

What must I do to prepare for the treatment day?
To prepare for the treatment day, cover all food items properly, and ensure you don’t have items strewn on the ground. More specific preparation tips will be given when we get there.

Does your treatment have a warranty?
Yes, it does. Three months of warranty is what we offer. You can reach us within three months of our first treatment for a free return if need be.

Do onions kill rats?
Yes, they do. It’s not a replacement for control, but it can serve as a means to keep them away until the treatment days are fixed temporarily.

Is the treatment safe for my kids?
Absolutely. Our treatment methods won’t harm your kids. Even your pets are safe from it.

Do rats form social bonds?
Rats have families, and their social bonds are essential to them. They like to be around other rats.

Does one rat mean there’s more?
Most likely. Rats hardly live in isolation, so if you see one rat in your home, there’s almost certainly a group close by. That’s why you must call for inspection immediately you spot one.

Why do Rats Choose to live with People?
The first obvious answer: food. Then again, rats are very social animals. They feel lonely and depressed when they don’t have other rats around. In fact, they take care of any sick rats in their group!

Why do rats chew on wires?
Rats have powerful and constantly growing teeth. In order to keep the growth in check, they must chew hard objects. This is why they eat wires, wood, glass, concrete, and other hard surfaces.

Does keeping the lights on turn rats away?
Rats are nocturnal by nature, so when you turn on the lights, they scurry away. But keeping the lights on won’t make them stay away forever. After some time, they’ll ignore the light and begin their hunt.

Do rats bite when one is asleep?
Yes, they do. Mostly, they gnaw on the toes and fingers. But none of that has to happen as long as you keep your home protected from them.

Can I buy a cat to keep rats away?
In the case of prevention, a cat can help. But when there’s an infestation, a cat can hardly pull off the total control successfully.

Do rats really pop out of people’s toilets?
Ah, yes! Rats are notorious for being destructive, but they’re unique animals with interesting behavior. Some of them have the ability to swim for over a mile and can tread water for about three days. They can find their way around your sewer and come out through your toilet.

How do rats transmit diseases?
Rats transmit harmful diseases through their saliva, urine or droppings. Diseases like hantavirus, Bubonic plague, Leptospirosis, to name a few, are transmitted by rats.

Rat Problems? Phone Us Today!
Phone us today to deal with this problem without having to become a rat hunter yourself. Rats, being sensitive, can evade you many times. It’s tiring to deal with this. Let us be ones who take the burden off you.

We are your ‘rat control near me’ company that’ll come to the rescue the minute you report a rat infestation. You’ll enjoy using our bespoke services to make your home a better place to live in as well as avoid embarrassment with customers in your workplace.

Keep your family safe from getting rat diseases and never again have to shriek because of a rat climbing your toes. To fill our booking form, please go here. You can also simply give us a call through our helpline: 0151 541 6856 to discuss your needs. Our staff members put the customer first and will attend to you kindly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Us:

Pest Control Liverpool Services
Lisburn Lane,

L13 9DE

t: 0151 541 6856
e: info@pestcontrolliverpool.org.uk