How Much Does It Cost To Get Rid Of Rats?

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One of the main questions the team at Invicta Environmental often gets asked is: “How much does it cost to get rid of rats?”

The answer is different for each customer. The cost of residential pest control services depends on a variety of factors, including how severe the infestation is and the size of the property.

While you might think that rat pest control costs are high, you have to remember that it’s important work. Our rat control experts have to deal with dead rats and rat droppings, but the result is an end to your rat problems.

Rats can cause serious issues in your home, chewing through structural fixtures, furniture and electrical cables, which can pose a fire risk. Also, rats spread diseases, including rat bite fever, Tularemia and Salmonella, which can be a major health risk for you and your family. As such, eliminating rats from your space is crucial to your safety.

Working with a leading pest control specialist like Invicta is crucial for getting rid of rats quickly, but it does come at a cost. Keep reading to find out more about the cost of getting rid of rats and why you should always choose an experienced pest control company to get the best possible value.

What Happens During A Rat Control Visit?

Professional pest control companies like Invicta will always provide you with the best possible service and work to remove rat infestations as soon as possible.

During our initial rat control visit, we will assess the pest infestation and check that the issue is actually rats. If you’ve not seen the rodents themselves, only their droppings and gnaw marks, then it can be easy to mistake rats for squirrels or mice.

Once we’ve established that the issue is a rat infestation, we can discuss the best removal method for your home. Usually, we avoid using rodenticides, as these can be toxic to children, pets and local wildlife.

Instead, our professional pest technicians strategically place traps throughout your property to remove the rats quickly and effectively.

There are a few methods we can use to ensure the success of our bait stations and get rid of rats from your home and garden.

After we’ve dealt with the current rat infestation, we will remove all traps, rodent droppings and dead rats.

To prevent future infestations, we can also provide expert pest proofing for potential entry points to reduce the chances of rats and other pests from entering your home. We will then provide advice on how to discourage rats from your garden and home, such as limiting food sources.

With the help of our professional pest control experts, your rodent problem will be gone in just a few days and won’t return for a long time, provided you follow our guidance.

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Breakdown Of The Costs For Professional Pest Control

Every rat control job is unique, so the pest control cost is different for each home and infestation. So, while we can’t give you an exact price, we can explain some of the costs involved in rat extermination. Here are a few factors that heavily influence your rat control cost:

  • Labour: Often, the most expensive cost is paying the pest control technician’s wages. A professional pest controller requires extensive training and a lot of experience to be able to effectively remove rats, so these staff require wages to compensate for their expertise.
  • Transport: From our office in Spennymoor, we cover the whole of the North East, including Durham, Newcastle, Darlington and Barnard Castle. The further we have to travel, the more costs are involved. Also, if we need to bring a lot of equipment to deal with a large rat problem, then this may also raise the price of the job.
  • Equipment: All of our rat exterminators are RSPH level 2 certified, so they are able to use professional-grade rodent control products that aren’t available to the public. These solutions come at a high cost but are some of the most effective ways to remove a rat infestation.

Most pest control companies will price up their rat control services with an initial 3 visits but will quote for more if the property is large or the rat problem is extensive. All of these costs, plus fixed fees such as business taxes, have to be factored into the price of your rat control service.

DIY VS Professional Pest Control Services

Since rats carry diseases, it’s imperative that you get rid of them quickly. For many homeowners, however, pest control costs are also important, and you might think that it’s cheaper to use DIY rat control methods than to hire a professional rat exterminator.

While the initial cost might be lower, DIY rat traps and poisons can be difficult to use and often don’t work effectively, especially on a serious infestation. Most rats have developed a condition known as neophobia, or a fear of new objects.

As such, they might not go near your rat poison, which could instead become a risk to children, pets or wildlife. You won’t be able to get rid of all the rats on your property, and you might find yourself having to buy several DIY rat removal kits before you eventually turn to the professionals.

Therefore, the simplest way to slash your rat removal cost is to use professional rat controllers from the start.

With a professional pest control service from Invicta, you get the benefit of our extensive experience controlling rats across the North East.

We’re so confident in our rat removal service that we guarantee that the rat infestation will be gone for good once we’re done.

As such, while professional rat exterminator costs are typically higher than the price of DIY traps, you’ll be able to rest assured that the infestation will be gone and your home will be safe when you work with us.

How Much Does It Cost To Get Rid Of Rats: A Quick Summary

Overall, there is no exact answer to the question ‘How much does it cost to get rid of rats’ because the exact cost to get rid of your rat infestation will depend on many factors. However, as a rough figure, you will need to budget at least £200 as a minimum.

Costs will go up if you have a larger property or need significant pest proofing to stop rats from re-entering your space.

To remove rats from your property and keep them away, the most cost-effective method is to collaborate with professional pest controllers from the start.

Paying for DIY rat removal solutions will only increase the overall cost to get rid of the rats, and you likely won’t have much success initially.

So, instead of paying twice, hire Invicta Environmental from the start. Our team operate throughout Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and the North East, supporting domestic and commercial clients.

If you’re looking to get rid of rats quickly and efficiently, contact Invicta today on 01388 309345 to speak to an experienced pest control professional.