Rats Gone Today - Gone For Good!

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Rat Control That Solves?

We "SOLVE" rat problems and avoid the traditional cycle of: Bait - Stink - Flies - Repeat! Customers across Bristol are now enjoying the tranquility of a rodent free home because we check everything.

"UNIQUE INSPECTIONS". Drains, wall cavities, roof voids, cellars and Kitchens, etc, are all considered in our unique inspection process. Everything we do is focused on solving your rat problem and not just treating it. Better still, in some cases the solution is free!

What How Much Does It All Cost?

Most rat issues are a direct result of faulty drains. Drain investigation is an area in which we specialise. Surveying and repairing damaged or redundant drain branches and gullies almost every day.

One massive difference between ourselves and other drain operators is our willingness to help you work with insurers. Insurance can be a complicated area for customers to navigate alone, so we try to make communication more comfortable for you.

Most people with rat problems never realise their buildings insurance cover will often pay for drain remediation and even rodent control.

Rats - The Facts - The Truth - The Answers

What Diseases Do Rats Transmit?

Rat borne diseases and parasites represent a significant public health threat. Those Most At Risk Include: Children, Pregnant Women, The Elderly and people Convalescing.

> Salmonella - Severe and sometimes fatal food poisoning.

> Tularemia - If bitten by a rat this bacteria can attack your immune system and lungs.

> Leptospirosis - Weil's disease - a notifiable disease, leading to multi-organ failure and death.

> E.coli 0157 - This frightening disease from rat faeces causes renal failure and intestinal bleeding.

> Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis - Viral Meningitis that starts of innocently like flue.

> Plague - Very rare in this country, but cannot be excluded from thought.

How Rats Spread Diseases And Parasites

The Most Common Routes Of Transmission Include:

> Biting - you, your children, family, pets or livestock

> Urine & Droppings - Infecting your groceries and work surfaces with urine and over 30 droppings each per night

> Being eaten - by your pets

> Contaminating - pets and your pets food and water

> Spreading - blood sucking parasites like fleas and mites

> Contaminating - water supplies especially where they fall into water tanks

What Do Brown Rats Look Like?

Key Features Of The Common Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus):

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Diseases Include: Bubonic plague, Typhus and Weil's disease are among the best known.

Life Span: 1 - 2 Years

Length (body only): 15 - 25 cm (body only) - up to 45cm including tail

Weight: over 500g when mature

Colour: brown, charcoal

Sexual Maturity: 4 - 6 Weeks

Gestation Period: 21 days

Number of litters: 8 per year

Number of young: 6 - 12 per litter

Diet: They are Omnivores, feeding on almost anything.

Daily food: 25 - 50g

Daily water intake: 100ml per 100g

Where Do Rats Come From?

Research suggests that Brown Rats in the UK, originated in northern china over a million years ago. These rats also developed a relationship with human populations, a relationship that has endured for thousands of years.

The Introduction into the UK is believed to have occurred via ships from the far east in the 1600's, but this is hard to substantiate. Brown rats are now found in almost every corner of the globe except the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

How Are Rats Controlled?

Rats are controlled and eliminated in two ways. The first and most popular method is to control populations with lethal control methods. The second and least popular method is exclusion and environmental control. So whats the difference?

The most popular methods of lethal control include: Trapping (cages, snap-traps, glue boards), Poisoning (bait, liquid feeds, contact poisons), Shooting (air-weapon, fire-arms, shot-gun).

The most popular methods of environmental control include: Proofing/Exclusion (preventing rats entering an area) or Line of sight (ensuring all sources of cover, concealment and encourage are eliminated).

Successful control demands that a variety of these methods are married together. Only by using a combined and integrated methodology will it be possible to control rats successfully in the longer term. However, the fact remains that adjoining properties might not share your proactive stance, and in time the rodent population will return. It might be in five minutes or five years, but eventually they will return - and you must be ready for them!

Eliminating pest infestations can be a complex task, but commonly the best scenario is to always focus on controlling a rodent population as close to its source as possible. Drain faults and building faults are by far the most common routes of rat entry into our homes and structural repairs and proofing by experts like ourselves can solve a rat problem for good.

Poison and traps have their place but repairs and proofing are always preferable, because they solve the problem and don't just subdue it for a few weeks or months.

The Bristol Rat Company - Rat Control That Solves

Q: What other Ways Can You Help Me?

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The Bristol Rat Company has qualified electricians who can inspect and test your entire electrical system for faults and damage caused by rodent activity.

We can also update older style electrical systems, reducing fire risks and the dangers of electrical accidents caused by electrocution from wires stripped bare by rats, squirrels and mice.


Damaged pipes like those leading into underfloor heating systems are a major hazard to both your properties structural integrity and of course electrical injury. We have qualified Plumbers from that will quickly inspect and if required, replace or repair damaged pipes and equipment.

Drain Repairs and Digital Camera Inspections

Very often the rodent problems we see are a result of rats getting into property through damaged, faulty or badly designed sewer systems.

We also have the facilities and expertise to carry out a full inspection of the sewer system and drainage of the property. Where damage is found we will carry out remediation work to protect the property.

Loft Insulation

Insulation is one of the most significant areas of contamination risk and is regularly overlooked.

Rodents nest and live between layers, depositing huge quantities of droppings, urine and nesting material infested with insect pests.

We are able to undertake a highly effective decontamination processes in place to ensure insulation is quickly and effectively replaced and surrounding surfaces fully disinfected with a sophisticated product that kills, viruses, bacteria and many other types of microorganism.

We also use the of WaspKill UK Pest Control, who are experts in insect control to handle the fumigation of properties affected by flea, bedbug and lice infestations.


We have healthcare trained operatives, formally qualified in infection control to decontaminate an infested or contaminated environment.

You can be assured that we understand infection control and how to achieve an intensive clean more than many other organisations.

Simon Berenyi is head of infection control operations and with fifteen years experience in clinical healthcare services helps us stand apart from other providers as industry leaders.


Proofing is where we put in place effective barriers preventing rodents from accessing property or sensitive areas. We have experience in sealing cavity walls, cellars, attics, store rooms, kitchens and the list goes on. If you have rodents and don't want them getting in - then we have the expertise to help.