Rats and Mice




If you have a problem with rats, mice, wasps or any other pest at your property, Sykes Pest Control can resolve it quickly, efficiently and discreetly in our unmarked vehicles. We are available throughout Cleckheaton, Birstall, Bradford, Brighouse, Batley, Dewsbury, Leeds and the surrounding West Yorkshire areas. 

Rodents are common throughout the UK

Rodents are warm blooded mammals, adaptable, highly mobile and reproduce at an alarming rate. This combination makes rat and mouse pest control a very difficult task for the untrained individual Rodents harbour and transmit a number of serious diseases and can also carry parasites such as fleas and ticks causing secondary infestations. All rodents have over sized front teeth for gnawing and cheek teeth for chewing and will chew on a variety of materials causing damage to 
both domestic and commercial properties Not only do they cause structural damage but can also cause fires through chewing through electrical cables, floods through puncturing pipes and even death from chewing through gas pipes. The insurance industry have estimated that rodent damage is responsible for a quarter of all electrical fires in buildings. 
Here at Sykes Pest Control, our technicians are fully trained in rat control and mouse control. They are fully trained, highly knowledgeable and have access to a range of professional use traps and rodenticides that are not available to the general public. 
pest problem
Here at Sykes Pest Control, our technicians are fully trained in rat control and mouse control. They are fully trained, highly knowledgeable and have access to a range of professional use traps and rodenticides that are not available to the general public

Helping with Rat Control

There are two species of rat found in the UK, Rattus Norvegicus which is more commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat and the Rattus Rattus, which is more commonly known as the Black Rat or Ship Rat. The latter is now rarely found in the UK. 
The Brown Rat often weighs over half a kilo and can measure 23cm in length, excluding the tail and is the larger of the two species. Both species reach sexual maturity at around 3 months of age and each female can produce between 3-12 litters of 6-8 young in just one year. Rats will live in any area that provides food, water and shelter. Within a property they will live in roof spaces, wall cavities and under floor boards. In gardens they will burrow into grassy banks, under patio areas and garden structures and under decking. Once a suitable habitat is found rats very quickly reproduce to take advantage of the new food supply and in no time at all they become a major infestation. 

Rats are known to harbour a number of diseases including:- 
  • Weils disease 
  • Salmonella 
  • Tuberculosis 
  • Cryptosporidiosis 
  • E-Coli 
  • Foot and Mouth disease 

Due to high reproduction and infestation rates it is advisable that a professional pest control company is contacted for all manner of rat control. 

Mouse Control

The most common species of mouse that is encountered in both domestic and commercial is the Mus Domesticus, more commonly known as the House Mouse. The house mouse is between 60-90mm, excluding the tail, and weigh less than 25g. They can vary in colour from light brown to grey. Mice breed very rapidly, a sexually mature female can produce between 5-10 litters of between 6-8 young each year. With a warm nesting site and an ample food source mice can breed all year round. The ability to survive on tiny amounts of food, and the fast breeding rate mean that mouse infestations develop quickly Mice have a compulsive need in order to keep their incisor teeth worn down and electrical cables, water and gas pipes and woodwork may all be seriously damaged by mice. In buildings mice will live anywhere, if you can push a biro (about 7mm) into a gap then a mouse can get in! They will eat anything and have even been known to chew on soap and candles! One mouse will produce around 80 droppings each day. The damage that they create, not only by gnawing, but soiling products with their urine and droppings is tremendous. 
pest problem
Mice are well known to harbour diseases that they transmit 
through contact of surfaces.

These include:- 
  • Salmonella 
  • Hantavirus 
  • Lyme Disease 
At Sykes Pest Control our mouse control technicians are 
fully trained, highly knowledgeable and have access to a 
range of professional use products and service both domestic 
and commercial properties 


Prompt response, knowledgeable, confident approach that calmed my stress levels. The job was completed quickly and efficiently with a follow up visit planned- thank you

Really great service yesterday, arrived within a couple of hours of calling and dealt with the problem swiftly and efficiently. Friendly and very reasonable price too.
- SarahB-1998
Call us on 01274 753 - 170 07796 615 260 - 0113 322 9078 for affordable and effective rat removal and wasps nest removal across Cleckheaton and surrounding areas
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