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    Rats are a major problem in New Zealand as they can cause significant damage to both residential homes and commercial properties. Not only can rats destroy properties, they also pose a risk to your health and well-being. Professional rat pest control is the solution for protecting your home or business from rodents.

    The urine, feces, and saliva of rats harbors a number of diseases. Rodents can also carry fleas and ticks which also carry diseases. Some of these diseases can be life-threatening. These pests can chew through electrical wiring, wooden structures, insulation, and furniture and are drawn to food and water sources.

    Rats can swiftly become a significant issue for homes and businesses due to their ability to reproduce at a rapid pace. To combat rodent issues effectively, it is necessary to employ professional rat and mice pest control services. Don’t wait until it’s too late to safeguard your property from rodents.

    Searching for a non-toxic solution for your rat problem? Find out more about our SMART Digital Pest Control available for businesses.

    Commercial Pest Solutions

    Integrated Pest Management Solutions

    Our Integrated Pest Management program uses the latest technology focusing on prevention and addressing the root of the causes of pest problems to ensure a pest free environment for commercial workplaces and facilities. Our solutions are tailored to proactively prevent and help mitigate the impact and risk of a pest infestation. We combine tailored multi-faceted solutions with our latest digital pest technology supported by our highly regulated experienced team of technicians to bring you the best in pest control. Let us create a customised plan for your workplace today.

    SMART Digital Pest Control

    Our SMART Pest Control is a user-friendly digital pest control system that monitors your business by automatically detecting rodents, cockroaches, and moths. SMART technology will continuously monitor rodent activities. When activity is detected, the technology reacts immediately, records it, and generates a report while capturing rats safely and sustainably. For comprehensive, integrated protection against all significant pests, combine SMART automation with our standard pest control services.

    Common Rat Questions

    1. How do I identify rat droppings?

      Rat droppings are shiny, dark brown to black, and easily visible.

    2. What are the best traps for catching rats?

      We use different traps and methods to eliminate rats depending on where they are in the home. Our SMART digital monitoring system helps us find where the rats are, so we can place the traps in the right spot.

    3. Do rats carry diseases?

      Yes, rats and mice can carry a variety of diseases, including salmonella, typhus fever, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, and trichinosis.

    4. How can I prevent rats from coming back after removal?

      To prevent re-infestation, make sure to seal entry points to your home or business. Additionally, storing food in airtight containers can be an effective way to keep pests away.

    5. Is rat extermination safe for my pets?

      Our SMART Digital Pest Control solution offers non-toxic options for rat and mouse control.

    Common Rat Species

    Roof Rat


    Slender body with large, almost hairless ears, approximately 260g. Black, grey or brown, and may have a white belly. The Roof Rat is also known as the Black Rat.


    While they are most likely found in roof voids and walls, Roof Rats can also move freely throughout the building in search of food. They often infest ships and seaports. They are omnivorous but favour nuts, grains, fruits and cereals. They usually forage for food within 50 metres of their nests. They are a major pest due to the contamination of food stuffs and spread of disease through droppings and urine. They are also known as a destrustive pest due to the physical gnawing of wires can cause short-circuits, breakdowns and fires.


    The smallest rat among the three species, the roof rat, also known as the ‘black rat’ is often found in roofs. They are a timid species but extremely agile, as they can climb well. Unlike other species of rodents, they don’t burrow, aren’t strong swimmers and rarely venture into sewers. These rats also have a very slender body, making it easy for them to slip through cracks and holes in buildings.

    Norway Rat


    Heavy-set body with a blunt nose, weighing approximately 450g. Reddish brown fur with small ears and a short tail.


    The Norway rat infests warehouses, factories, farms, rubbish dumps, supermarkets, homes and more. Their nesting sites are located in wall voids, roof voids or other areas that offer secluded shelter. They prefer drains, sewers and ground level burrows. The Norway Rat often enter buildings through holes and gaps in poorly constructed buildings, becoming a major pest by gnawing through cables, contaminating food and spreading disease through their urine and droppings.


    Norway rats are the largest of the pest species; they will dominate in areas where more than one species exists. Also known as the ‘brown rat, ‘water rat’ or ‘sewer rat’, they are a combination of multiple rodents’ species. They can become aggressive when provoked and live both indoors and outdoors, nesting in sewers, around waterways and in burrows. They are excellent swimmers and can tread water for up to 3 days.

    I found Rats! Help!

    Don't worry, we're here to help. Follow these steps to stay safe until help arrives!

    • Call a Professional

      Call Flick Pest Control Immediately.

      If you encounter rats in your home or business, you may be dealing with an infestation. Don’t wait until the problem gets out of hand – we can help protect your property and ensure the health and safety of those around you. Fill out the form below or call 0800 710 010 today.

    • Leave the Rats Alone

      Trust Flick Pest Control to handle the situation

      Our pest control technicians have the knowledge, experience, and tools necessary to effectively and safely eliminate pests from your home or business. Attempting to treat rats on your own can be risky and may not fully eradicate the problem.

      We will and ensure a safe and effective outcome for your property.

    • There May be More!

      Don’t Go Looking Around!

      Flick’s pest control experts will perform a thorough inspection of the property to identify any areas where rats may be present, followed by the development of a treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of the situation. By implementing effective pest control strategies, we can help ensure a pest-free environment for you.

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