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Signs Of Rats In Loft And Attics UK

The signs of rats in your loft are easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for. Or if you realise you even need to look. But rats in UK attics often go unnoticed until they start to invade other areas of the home. There are several different signs you can keep your eye out for to help you find out if rats are infesting your attic.

If you do find any rats in the loft, remember you need to deal with them as soon as possible.

Rats can find their way into other areas of your home and contaminate food sources. Even if they only stay in the loft, diseases can be spread through the ventilation system of your home. Here are some simple ways to find out if you have a rat infestation in your attic.

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• Noises

Rats are active at night. There are some things that can cause them to wake during the day, such as bad weather or loud noises. Pay close attention to any noises you hear that are coming from your loft at night. This is when rats will be looking for food and building their nests. Scuffling sounds are one of the signs of rats in loft spaces. You can always leave a small recording device in the loft if you don’t fancy staying up all night.

• Chew marks and footprints

Gnaw markings and rat droppings around your home are a definite sign of a rat problem. Any hard surface will be gnawed on by a rat. Electrical wires are also another one of their favourite things to chew. If you’re not finding obvious signs of rats, lay some talcum powder down. Inspect if there are footprints over the next few days.

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• Droppings

Another one of the clear signs of rats in loft or attic voids is droppings. Rats will leave a trail of faeces if they’re scurrying around your attic. It’s most common to find them around food sources. In the loft, you will find droppings around where the rats are nesting. You can also look for rat urine using a black light. You’ll be horrified by how much rat urine can get all over kitchen work surfaces and utensils.

• Possible entry points

Look around your attic for possible signs of entry. Rats can fit through small openings. Check the whole loft for spots a rat may have entered from. Preventing rats from getting in in the first place can save you a lot of time and money further down the road.

Remember that if you are suffering from a rat control problem you need to get in touch with a professional pest control company. Only they can fully eradicate a rat problem and ensure that rats don’t enter your property again. At the first signs of rats in loft or anywhere else, give Diamond a call. We will come out promptly.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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