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Rats cause significant problems for homeowners across the North East of England. They spread diseases, cause damage to homes and are the cause of many sleepless nights. Rats are also more challenging to eliminate than you may have initially thought due to some vital behavioural characteristics.

  • Rats are naturally neophobic, which is a survival behaviour they have developed. Neophobia includes the fear and avoidance of new objects like traps and poison. This means if you’ve tried to get rid of rats yourself, there is a chance you’ve enhanced their neophobia.
  • Rats have their favourite routes into your property. Understanding these routes and utilising them to implement effective rodent control is essential. Identifying these routes often requires first-hand experience alongside an RSPH Level 2 qualification.

Invicta Environmental’s team of rat control experts can eradicate long-term rat problems from your home or business. We’re one of the only companies that put a guarantee on our riddance programs to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

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Understanding Rat Infestations

In the UK, rat species like brown rats are widespread, while sightings of black rats are infrequent. In County Durham, particularly in residential areas, gardens, and commercial properties, brown rats are commonly observed. These rats typically reach sizes of 15cm to 25cm and possess a distinctive tail almost as long as their body.

Rat problems pose significant dangers when left unaddressed due to the presence of hazardous pathogens in rat urine, including:

  • Weil’s disease
  • Salmonella
  • Listeria
  • Toxoplasma gondii
  • Hantavirus
  • Rat bite fever

Structural damage is another concerning issue associated with rat problems. Rats constantly need to gnaw to keep their teeth in check, which means they will chew through various materials, including electrical cables in your attic, leading to serious safety hazards.

The Professional Pest Control Approach


Inspection and Assessment

Invicta Environmental starts by understanding your on-site issues. We listen, assess, and recommend the best action. A site survey may be required to understand the best solution for controlling rats on your business premises.


Tailored Treatment Solutions

We schedule a visit to carry out our precise rat control treatment. The treatment will be tailored to your specific issue and needs.


Safe and Effective Extermination

Our rat control extermination process is safe for pets, kids and humans. We don’t use rodenticides (poisons) due to the environmental impact they cause. Instead, we use traps placed by highly knowledgeable pest control technicians to deter rats.


Preventive Measures

All our rat control visits come with detailed photographic reports so you can understand exactly what we have done and what equipment we have used to prevent future infestations.

North East’s Highest-Rated Pest Control Company

Vikki M
Vikki M
First call enquiring about a wasp nest three storeys up, and within two hours a very polite tech (Chris) had arrived and dealt with it. Reasonably priced, great service!
Michael Fletcher
Michael Fletcher
2nd time around this time for wasps Excellent service very friendy and professional highly recommend
stuart banks
stuart banks
Great to meet Norman today prompt, very professional and knowledgeable service, highly recommend for extinguishing the wasp nest 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
Simon Newsham
Simon Newsham
Chris was absolutely amazing. No fuss and very professional. Arrived on time. Identified the huge wasp nest straight away (and showed me before clearing) and then speedily got rid of it. No fuss and such an efficient service and very friendly and prompt. Took the nest and all rubbish away. Highly recommended!
Joanne Kipling
Joanne Kipling
Absolutely excellent service turned up when he said and explained exactly what he was going to do was even considerate of the dog i the house
Catherine Batten
Catherine Batten
Brilliant Service, Prepared for the task at hand (wasps), which meant that is was efficient and quick. Clear instructions given to myself for safety. Very happy with this service.
Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson
very knowledgeable, friendly, highly recommended
David James
David James
Excellent service. Contacted Invicta upon discovering a wasps nest at the back of our property. Attended promptly, dealt with the issue very quickly and gave suitable advice regarding pets / children until remaining wasps were no longer in / around the nest area.
Gemma Keenan
Gemma Keenan
Norman came to treat what turned out to be an underground wasps nest. Great service, quick and efficient would highly recommend.
Steven Graham
Steven Graham
Highly recommend these guys, had 2 wasp nests in my loft, I rang on the Monday and Norman came out first thing Tuesday morning to remove them, only took him 20mins, quick and professional service easily worth a 5 star review.

Signs of a Rat Infestation

Identifying a rat problem is not always straightforward. However, unlike other pests, rats leave various telltale signs indicating their presence. These signs may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Rat Droppings: Typically dark brown in colour and roughly the size of a raisin.
  2. Damaged Food: Finding food wrappers or food in unusual places on your property.
  3. Footprints: While footprints may go unnoticed by most, they serve as a clear indicator of rat activity to a trained eye.
  4. Gnawing: Noticeable signs of gnawing, such as damage to cables or the base of doors.
  5. Sightings: Whether inside or outside your property, seeing a black or brown rat is a definite red flag.
  6. Noises: Rodents are likely the culprits if you are kept awake by scratching in your cavity walls during the early hours.

If you observe any of the above signs, it’s quite probable that you are dealing with a rat problem. If you have concerns about a rat colony on your property, please get in touch with our team. We will gladly discuss our rat control solutions and provide a free, no-obligation quote. For an overview of rat control costs, check out our handy guide.


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