Rat Control In Singapore: What You Need To Know When Dealing With Rats
Rat Control In Singapore: What You Need To Know When Dealing With Rats
30 May 2023

The most feared and difficult to eradicate pest in existence is undoubtedly the rat. They stress us out because of their unhygienic presence, the dangerous harm they cause, and the potential threat they pose to food safety. PestWerkz provides you with the crucial knowledge you need to deal with rats in this article, including warning signs to watch out for, the causes of rat activity, and—most importantly—pest control methods to get rid of rats permanently.


Identifying And Understanding The Common Types Of Rat Species In Singapore

To effectively manage and control rat infestations in Singapore, it is crucial to have the knowledge of the various rat species, their behaviours, habitats, and possible dangers.

Roof Rats (Rattus rattus)

Roof rats, also known as black rats, are agile climbers commonly found on roofs, attics, and trees. They have long tails, big ears, and lean bodies. Fruits, grains, and vegetables are the main foods that roof rats eat. Their urine and droppings can spread disease.

Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) 

Norway rats, or brown rats, are larger in size with robust bodies, shorter ears, and tails. They establish nests in underground areas like basements, sewers, and foundations. Norway rats have a diverse diet, including grains, meats, fruits, and trash. They are carriers of diseases and can cause structural damage.

House Mice (Mus musculus) 

House mice, which have a long tail, large ears, and a pointed snout, are common pests in Singapore. They are skilled climbers and can squeeze through tight spaces to enter buildings. House mice prefer indoor environments, feeding on grains, seeds, and small insects. Their presence can contaminate food and cause property damage.


How Do Rat Infestations Start?

Rats will relocate when their nests are disturbed by activities like renovation or construction and will seek shelter indoors during rainy weather. If there is intense food competition or a shortage of food, they may venture into new areas in search of sustenance. Here are some additional causes and scenarios that could result in a rat infestation in your premises. First, there must be readily available sources of food and water. This includes items such as uncovered pet food, faeces, accumulated trash, and organic waste. Second, a cluttered space with debris like leaf piles, bushes, and overgrown grass that rats can hide in and build nests in. Thirdly, rats can enter through openings such as gaps in walls, opened windows and doors, compromised property integrity, and uncapped ventilators. Fourthly, poor housekeeping and deficiencies in food storage such as leaving food exposed and accessible, as well as neglecting to use proper storage containers with secure and tight-fitting lids. Finally, cross infestation which allows rats to enter your premises from nearby locations and sites.


Why Is It So Difficult To Get Rid Of Rodents?

Rats are excellent at hiding, so it can often be challenging to detect their presence. Firstly they don't show up during the day because they hunt for food at night. Their agility and flexibility further complicate detection, as they can easily hide in inaccessible areas. Additionally, because some of their infestation signs are less obvious or invisible, we may fail to notice rat activity, thus allowing the infestation to spread. Their intelligence enables them to outsmart conventional traps, making it difficult to capture them effectively. Furthermore, rats can develop a resistance to baits, but professional rat control specialists are trained to overcome resistance issues by using different types of baits. 


What Should You Do If There Are Rats Present Nearby?

Discovering rats nearby can be alarming. Knowing what to do when rats are present nearby to protect your property and ensure safety is important. In order to help in the event of a rat infestation, PestWerkz has summarised a checklist:

  • Keep a record of the locations where you see indications of a rat infestation or their actual behaviour.

  • Removal of clutter, piles, junk, debris, and waste to ensure proper sanitation and to make it easier to conduct premise inspections and administer treatment. Maintain strict housekeeping practices and adhere to a routine of cleanliness and sanitation to minimize attractants for rats.

  • Seal off any openings, gaps, cracks, crevices, and holes to stop rodents from entering through those multiple sources of entry.

  • Contact a pest control company that will evaluate the environment, identify key risk areas, and provide recommendations for effective solutions.

  • Establish a robust rat pest control program that includes regular inspections, strategic placement of baiting units, and continuous monitoring.


What Happens If You Don't Contact Rat Control Services Right Away?

Neglecting the need for expert intervention can have a variety of negative effects. Rats can pose serious risks to our health, property, and financial security, just like other pests like ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, termites, and bed bugs. The effects of rat infestations in Singapore can be very negative. These include disease transmission, food safety risks that can affect how we prepare and consume our food, possible rat bite infections, and dangerous occurrences like electrical short circuits, trip hazards, and even fires. Businesses may experience even more detrimental effects, such as operational disruptions, company closures, product recalls, monetary losses, decreased productivity, challenges getting reimbursed, and problems with regulatory compliance. To avoid and lessen these negative effects, it is essential to promptly seek assistance from rat control services.  



In the battle against rat infestations, taking prompt action is crucial. This is due to the fact that a rat infestation can get worse by spreading its presence and growing its population through breeding. By promptly contacting professional rat control services, implementing preventive measures, and maintaining good hygiene practices, you can ensure effective and long-lasting rat control. Remember, proactive action is the key to safeguarding your environment and maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy space.

For your commercial F&B outlet, PestWerkz is an NEA-licensed pest control company in Singapore that offers a variety of cost-effective pest control management services and packages to suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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