Rats, Common Name Brown Rat or Sewer Rats, Scientific Name Rattus norvegicus – Norway Rat

This is the only species of Rat you are likely to encounter in Ireland. It is called by so many different names it has given rise to the belief that there are a large of rat species in Ireland.

Quite often Rats have entered our houses as a result of an entry point that they have found, but it is not obvious to us. Sometimes they may even decide just to take up temporary residence in our garden within shrubs or compost heaps.

Our expert team will ensure your house is inspected thoroughly to try and establish any potential access points. A rat infestation should be dealt with quickly and in a safe and humane manner.

Rats are extremely common throughout Ireland and can be found in both indoor and out-of-doors settings. Rats will exploit any opening to enter houses if they are seen as the source of a regular food supply.

A Rat infestation is a serious scenario and should be dealt with by professionals. From the perspective of a risk to human health, Rats can carry diseases such as leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) and salmonella. Furthermore, if you rats in your house they present a definite risk of structural damage to property by destroying electrical wiring, water pipes and insulation.

PestPlus can provide the emergency assistance you need if you encounter rats in the garden or rats in the house.

If you are unsure whether you have rats or mice, continue to our “Is it Rats or Mice” blog for more information.

Also see our FAQ section – Why do I have ongoing issues with rats inside my house?


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