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Rat Control in Yorkshire

We are trusted by many Yorkshire farms, estates and domestic householders with the safe elimination of rat infestations.

Rat populations in the agricultural industry are reaching a critical level. It is to be expected that there will be the odd rat on a farm, but at what point does it become an issue?

We know a lot of farmers will attempt to clear up the issue themselves, often with poor results as the rodenticides and methods used tend to be incorrect. The average DIY rat treatment will end up costing farmers hundreds of pounds in poisons but will not have the desired outcome. It is also so important the poisons are used in the correct way as so many farmers have been caught misusing rodenticides.

For most of our customers the rodent issue is highlighted when large quantities of rats are diminishing stored product and therefore costing them money.  100 rats will eat approximately 1.5 tonnes of stored product per year, bearing in mind the rats you see on the farm will normally only be 5-10% of the population. On an average farm rat clearance we will pull out 100-150 bodies. These numbers equate to about 10% of the rats killed, therefore we estimate clearing over 1000 rats which means 10 tonnes of stored product that won’t be getting eaten.

It is widely known that 50% of farm fires are caused by rats. There is also a high risk to farm vehicles with rats chewing out wires and using warm machinery to nest in. The common rat will pass approximately 15ml of urine and produce 45-55 droppings per day. This is commonly found over stored product, silage, and animal feed therefore potentially rendering it unfit for sale or consumption.

It is estimated that by 12 weeks, 70% of a tonne of stored product will have been spoiled by rodents. These are not scare tactics but facts. The cost implications to farms are massive.

Farmers need not worry. Sourcing a professional team that works and thrives in these environments can get very good results in less time than might be expected. At AgriPest, we have access to many rodenticides and can draw on our vast experience to sort the job quickly and efficiently.

The effects of rats on the commercial sector will differ dependent on the particular industry.

Food manufacturers, mills, farm shops, supermarkets, bakers, butchers, delis, convenience stores – will require detailed pest control services with regular inspections to reduce the risk of issues arising. Once these industries have an issue both the product and business reputation is at high risk.

For other sectors i.e. shops, material manufacturers, warehouses, mechanics – the risk is less, however rodents should not be underestimated as they can still cause damage, worry staff/customers and ruin commercial reputations.

Having rats at home or within your garden can become a constant source of worry and fear. Rats are incredibly adaptable and have become professionals at exploiting humans and their surroundings. Rats are not only unsightly to look at but can also pose a serious risk to both you and your property. It is estimated that 7% of house fires are caused by rats. They also have the ability to chew through gas and water pipes, as well as causing severe damage to building structures. Rats and rodents in general should not be overlooked. Neglecting the issue will only make it worse. Rats will breed and even if they are spotted outside, the risk of them entering property is high as they will be looking for food and warmth.


  • Fast, safe and effective elimination of rats.
  • We pride ourselves on our reputation in the Yorkshire region. We aim to carry out the work at a time to suit you as we know the implications pests can have on your home or on the land.
  • Our small team of pest controllers are specially trained in all aspects of the pest control industry; this is what separates us from the rest.
  • We always operate to the highest professional standards by using the latest techniques and equipment . This can make a huge difference to speed and success of treatment.
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