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Rats information

The pest control services provided by South Derbyshire are on a not for profit basis and therefore our priority is to provide quality first and foremost. If you would rather delay the treatment until our full service is available then please do not hesitate to speak to one of our Contact Centre staff and we will book you into the earliest available appointment".

Worldwide, rats are the most destructive pests known to man. Rats are a known source of numerous diseases afflicting humans and domesticated animals. Rats contaminate food and cause extensive damage to buildings and equipment.

The brown rat is dull brown in colour and measures between 12 to 17 inches from nose to tail. It has small, close-set ears, a blunt muzzle and very sharp teeth. The live in nests made from all types of material including chewed up insulation on electrical wires.

Rats are a serious hazard to public health. Apart from contaminating food from droppings and urine, fleas from rats were responsible for spreading the bubonic plague. Because of their unsanitary habits, secondary infections from rat bites can be serious and sometimes even fatal.

Rats nest in a safe location near food and water. Outdoors rats burrow into the ground. Indoors, nesting occurs in double walls, between ceilings and floors, in closed in areas around worktops and anywhere rubbish is allowed to accumulate. The average life span of a rat is 18 months. Single females can have as many as 6 litters per year.

Council pest control officers will deal with pests that are harmful to public health and well being at homes and businesses. Rodents, that is Rats and Mice, can be particularly unsettling due to their possible transmission of diseases. For a fee, the council will respond to request for service in relation to these pests within three working days to both households and non-residential locations.

Pest control services can be arranged by telephoning during normal working hours, where our staff will provide advice and make an appointment for treatment if you wish. Alternatively you can contact us by email.

Officers call by prior appointment and apply safe and effective treatments. If for any reason the problem persists they will return and make every effort to ensure the pest is eradicated.

What do we treat for and is there a charge?

See the Pests home page.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Environmental Services
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595795
Fax: 01283 595855
Online: contact form

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