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Welcome to Countrywide, Pest Control in Berkskhire for Reading Pest Control, Bracknell, Wokingham, Henley on Thames, Caversham, Pangbourne, Theale, Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford, Lambourn and other West Berkshire pest control areas. Hampshire Pest Control Services for Basingstoke, Fleet, Farnham, Hook, Hartley Witney. South Oxfordshire Pest Control and Pest Control Services for Marlborough and Swindon in Wiltshire.

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Getting rid of Rats.

Local vermin control in

  • Newbury & Thatcham

    01635 766007

  • Reading & Henley on Thames

    0118 329 0020

  • Bracknell & Wokingham

    01344 970557

  • Basingstoke & Tadley

    01256 220579

  • Farnborough & Farnham

    01252 220278

  • Swindon & Marlborough

    01793 940001

What our customers say

Countrywide provide an excellent pest control solution. We have used Countrywide for many years as they offer a good efficient service. Would recommend Countrywide for your pest control needs.

Neil Haines - Commercial pest control client in Reading Berkshire

Welcome to Countrywide Environmental, your local rat control in Berkshire and Berkshire pest control specialists. We can treat all types of rat problems both inside and outside of your property. Do you want to get rid of rats at your home or business? such as an active rat problem in the attic or loft - a rat in the garden - or a rat colony invading your business? Call us today and save money by choosing your local pest control professionals. Covering Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire we offer an emergency rat control service to solve your problem fast. Call today to book an appointment with our fully trained pest control operators.

Our home call out service for rat's in Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Countrywide pest management offer a complete call out service to get rid of rats from your home. We operate an emergency rat control service and can solve your rat problem using professional pest control techniques.

Why are rats a pest in the home?

There are several different levels of rat infestation that range from the minor instances of seeing a rat on a one off occasion at the bottom of your garden - to a full blown rat colony consisting of several generations that are causing substantial damage to buildings, electrical wiring and spreading several diseases.

Getting rid of rats in Berkshire.

The worst type of rat problems in the home occur when the Rat colony has access to shelter, water, available food and are left to breed and prosper in numbers. As the colony increases in size, or as the colder winter months commence, the rat hazards increase as they attempt to enter buildings occupied by humans to find food and shelter.

Rats are known to carry parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites which many people can be allergic to. Several diseases are also known to be carried (and spread) by rats such as:

  • E Coli
  • Salmonella
  • Weil's disease (leptospirosis)
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Tuberculosis

Rat Pest control tips:

How to stop rats from entering your home or business.
How to check for the presence of a Rat infestation.

Signs to look out for:

rats nest in boxRat damage on foam insulation

small_ratRat hole's, Rat runs, Rat droppings (dark tapered droppings 1-2cm), Rat "smear marks"

small_ratRat nests (warm hidden places such as in loft insulation) may contain shredded materials like plastic bags and paper.

small_ratDamage as a result of gnawing *Ripped Bags *Ripped packaging

small_ratSmells - strong ammonia type smell, more noticeable in enclosed spaces

small_ratNoise - Scratching noises in the loft, Noises in wall cavities, Rustling sounds in sheds and garages

Look for early signs of a rat infestation. One customer found earth had been disturbed and piled up by the side of her chicken coup. They kept chickens in the garden of their house near Reading Berkshire. After calling our rat pest control service in Reading we responded to investigate the problem. Evidence of rat holes (burrows) rat runs and rat droppings (faeces) were found. Rats were allowed easy access to the chicken coup as it didn't have a base and they could just tunnel under to where the food source was. In addition to implementing control measure to get rid of the rats, we were also able to answer some key questions. How did the rats get there in the first place? How can you stop rats from coming back again? You can view a short video of this treatment later on this page.

Watch our video's

Another rat pest control problem in Thatcham, invoived rats which had entered into the roof space. After hearing several noises in the loft (which sounded like scratching) the customer called our Newbury pest control office. Rats where found to be using a hole where pipework used to be in the kitchen. From here they were able to find their way into the wall cavities of the house and then up to the roof loft space. Key signs such as "smear marks" had gone unnoticed by the occupier. To the untrained eye they just looked like a dirty mark in an old cupboard. When rats use the same route over several times, these marks can be detected to expose their activity. This led us to find the original point of entry at an external part of the property and as a result, we were able to prevent the rats from returning after we had removed the current rat infestation.

How to deter rats from coming to your home.

These type of rat problems are common every day occurrences for our local pest control operators. To help prevent rats from becoming a problem in your home or business, please review the following steps. The first step in keeping rats away is to ensure that you are not attracting rats to your garden or house by leaving them food. Common food sources for rats in the garden include:

small_ratCompost bins - containing kitchen waste such as meat.

small_ratBird feeders - Rats are good climbers, ensure excess feed is cleared up from the floor and use rodent/squirrel proof bird feeders.

small_ratPet food - Don't leave pet food in outbuildings where rats might gain access. Don't leave used food bowls out overnight.

For keeping rats out of your home you may also want to consider checking your property for holes in the wall or large gaps under doors. Also check integral garages and utility rooms for possible access points. Needless to say, if rats have already gained access to your property, especially rats in your kitchen or indoor - you will have to undertake control measures immediately. Rats also live in sewers and can gain access above ground or underneath properties due to faulty drains or un-capped off redundant pipework. Check that your drains are in good order.

Control measures to get rid of rats.

There are many DIY pest control products to get rid of rats such as poisons, traps and ultrasonic devices. With minor rat problems you may wish to try to trap rats or to use poisons (as instructed on their labels). If the number of calls we receive from our customers is anything to go by though, this seems to be a very hit and miss exercise. Rats avoid new objects in their environment by nature (neophobia) and can demonstrate "resistance" to certain types of rat poison. The use of poisons also presents its own hazards to the user. Particular care should also be taken if you have children or pets. We do not recommend the use of ultrasonic type devices. Rodents can quickly adapt to their frequencies and are unlikely to offer any reliable level of control.

For larger rat infestations in gardens or within your home, you may want to decide to call in a professional pest control company.

We offer competitive prices for customers within our catchment areas and deal with rats quickly and efficiently under our competitive pricing structure. To find out more about how we can help with your rat problem, visit our contact page for a list of our local contact numbers or call our central helpdesk on 08000787255 and we can talk you through your requirements.

We hope that you have found this page both informative and useful. Hopefully we have helped you decide how to deal with rats.

Catchment Area

For Pest Control problems in Berkshire, we can help people with rat problems in Ascot, Windsor, Bracknell, Wokingham, Henley on Thames. Reading, West Reading, Pangbourne, Tilehurst, Purley on Thames, Burghfield, Mortimer, Tadley, Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford and Lambourn.

To get rid of rats in North Hampshire we can remove vermin from Basingstoke, Hook, Fleet, Farnborough and Nearby towns and villages such as Hartley Wintney.

To stop a rat problem in Wiltshire our east Wiltshire pest control team can treat rats in Swindon, Marlborough, Devizes, Pewsey and Calne.

To deal with vermin in Oxfordshire just call our pest hotline and we'll be there. Covering Abingdon, Wantage.


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