Calling in a rat exterminator is a needed step when dealing with an infestation or raising concerns of issues. As nocturnal creatures, these pests are most active between dusk and dawn and usually hide from humans during the daylight hours. While often easier to spot than most other issues, you still need to take the right steps to avoid and resolve issues that may arise.


These tend to be the first signs of vermin creeping around. To be found in concentrated areas as the rodents can produce up to 40 droppings per night. Apart from carrying disease and bacteria, these unsightly elements can be an annoyance to constantly clean.

Scratching Noises

As these pests are agile climbers, they can easily gain access into loft spaces and upper floors of buildings, so scratching noises at night may suggest their presence. Scurrying under decking, sheds and floorboards are also common movement patterns, so take note of strange noises or scratching in these spaces.


Rodents leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of buildings. Shining a strong torch at a low angle should reveal tracks clearly. To establish if an infestation is ongoing, lay down a fine layer of flour or talc on the floor near the footprints and check for fresh tracks the next day.

Rub Marks 

These vermin use established routes along skirting boards and walls due to their poor eyesight. Grease and dirt on their bodies leave smudges and dark marks on both objects and surfaces they repeatedly brush against. These marks may indicate rodent activity, but as smears may remain for a long period of time, so they will not always be indicative of an active infestation site.


Some rodents are well known for digging and intricate burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting. They build burrows next to solid objects or structures where they can find a number of safety features. Holes are also found in secluded, well vegetated areas such as gardens and wasteland where they can enter and exit in quiet.


Not only will they nest in burrows, but also at times in lofts, attics, crawlspaces, under eaves and even in cavity walls. They will shred available materials such as loft insulation, cardboard and other soft items to make nests. When you notice these elements around a space it can also be a good indication of nesting.

When you see these signs you need to call a rat exterminator. As a professional service provider they can resolve the problems effectively without concerns for future issues arousing. Contact us today to find out more!