Canine Rat Detection & Abatement

The burrows can’t hide from this nose.

Waltham Rat Detection & Abatement Program

The future of rodent control is here and it’s only at Waltham Pest Services. Our rodent detecting dog is the ONLY one of its kind in New England. He has earned the Certificate Class Advanced Award from the American Working Terrier Association. Only 9 other terriers in the United States have that certificate! He is also certified by the highly-respected Joe Nick Canine Training for gameness and rodent elimination. Our dog will not only be able to determine where rats are living, but also where they’re eating and traveling. They sniff out active burrows so that our treatments and our technicians are ultra-focused on them. Knowing exactly where the burrows are, helps us create a customized plan to your building. Our dogs are integral into creating that plan because rats can’t hide from these noses.

Canine rat detection is especially good for large facilities, buildings that have a lot of rooms, places where there’s clutter or lots of dumpsters, or where there have been rodents that have been difficult to catch. Don’t know where they’re coming from? Our dogs can sniff that out! Have a few burrows? It’s not a question with our dogs – they will find them all. And once they do, we will create a professional plan to get rid of them for you. That could even mean we could possibly use less rodenticides at your building. It’s just one more way we’re going beyond traditional rodent control services.

Want to learn more about the team – including our pups? Get details about the dogs and their handler here.

Waltham Rat Detection & Abatement

Step One


We will inspect your building to create a customized plan that may include our rat detection and abatement program.

Step Two


If we think our dogs can help, a handler will bring in a dog to perform a thorough search to detect and deal with the rats and their burrows.

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Step Three


Having our dogs come in will not only point out active burrows, but consistent searches will scare away survivors.

Can I pet the dog

Of course! Just wait until after they’ve done their work and finished their inspections. They do need to focus when they’re working. Our rodent and bed bug dogs are not only trained to do their job. They’re highly trained in general. They’re sweet and social and super cute. So, yes. Pet away. They love it.

Is the dog in danger

Carpenter ants require a trained professional to not only properly identify the pest you have (carpenter ants often get confused with termites), but to take care of them before they can do the damage they are known for. As for any ant, you also need someone that can find not only where they’re getting in but where the colony is. It’s not a DIY pest control situation.

How to get rid of sugar ants

Nope. The rodents are definitely getting the short end of the stick on this one. Our pups are perfectly safe and totally in charge.

What rodents does the dog sniff out

Mostly rats and mice. They can not only sniff out rats, but they will also sniff out the burrows.

What does the dog do with the rats

More often than not, our dogs are sniffing out the active burrows and where the rats are coming in. That way, the technicians can pinpoint their treatment strategies to be more successful in eradicating them.

Does the dog sniff out rats

He does indeed! Very successfully in fact.

Does the dog sniff out mice


How can the dog help reduce rodenticide use

When you have highly trained dogs sniffing out rodents, they will not just find rodents. They will find where they’re coming in and active burrows (not even stopping at inactive ones). When the technician is armed with that knowledge, the rodenticide applications are highly targeted – giving them the ability to use less and only use what they need in the correct areas. Regular inspections with our dog will help our technicians target areas with activity.

How often is the dog trained

Every. Day. Seriously.

Where does the dog live when he’s not working

Monique, Titan’s handler, is lucky enough to have this pup live with her! She gets to take her dog to work every day and then hang out with him after. We can’t think of a better scenario, frankly.

Why Catch Rats with Dogs

Most rat burrows have three entrances – a main entrance and two “bolt holes” for quick escapes. Rat detection dogs are often fast enough to catch them as they’re coming out of one of the bolt holes and remove them right then. They are far quicker and more accurate than even the most experienced human. They are also much less disruptive since their nose tells them where to go – instead of wasting time routing around. Keep in mind that rats are purely living off of our trash. So, proper sanitation methods will go a long way in not attracting rats in the first place. But should they be there, our dogs can sniff them out.

Rodents are excellent hiders, and they make sure to come out only when there are less (or no) people around. Seeing them is rare, but seeing evidence of them is not. The best way to catch rats is with dogs and their well-trained nose. The best trained nose for sniffing out rodents is on a Patterdale Terrier. This particular breed is known for being bold and confident as well as being a working terrier.


Catching rats with dogs is our newest addition to our many services that go beyond traditional pest control strategies. Even as the original pest control company in New England, we are still always innovating. That’s the harder working Waltham since 1893. We are going beyond.

“Exceptional service. Prompt and professional. Used for both business and home. Very efficient and honest.”

Lisa T.
Agawan, MA