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Rats (Rattus rattus) black rat and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) infest millions of premises in the United Kingdom annually, and is one of the most common pest problem in the United Kingdom. The rat population in the Uk seems to be on the rise and appears to be on the increase. Rats have the potential to spread a wide variety of diseases around the home and garden. This is because they adapted to live in all environments such as urban and rural areas. Rodents such as rats can spread a wide variety of diseases via their fur, feet, urine and droppings. The main diseases of concern are Weil’s disease, and food poisoning diseases such as salmonella.
Rats can also damage property by gnawing at wood, lead and soft metals, electrical wiring, water pipes, and drainage systems.
Rats, like mice carry disease and can contaminate foodstuffs with their fur, feeding and urine, which can cause salmonella poisoning and gastroenteritis. In addition, they can damage property by gnawing through wood, cables and into containers to get at food.
Rats tend to have only a few feeding sites and so the key to successful control is to ensure there is a good quantity of bait available (sub-lethal doses can affect the level of control which will be achieved longer-term). Whole grain bait is the most commonly used, and active ingredients such as Difenacoum and Bromadialone can be used indoors and out.
Rats take between 2-3 months to reach sexual maturity and can have up to 7 litters per year with the average litter size being about 8.
The brown rat is generally brownish-grey in colour, with a paler greyish belly. An adult may weigh on average 340g.
The brown rat is a burrowing animal, and will live indoors, outdoors and in sewers. When brown rats are found in buildings it is usually due to holes in the fabric of the building and/or defective drainage. Rats will also emerge from any unblocked sewer, which includes dry toilet bowls.
Even the smallest amount of rat urine can trigger allergies, particularly in children because their immune systems are still developing. Rats spread disease through bite wounds and by contaminating food and water with their waste products. Rats can also spread disease thanks to parasites, such as ticks, fleas and mites. These parasites bite the infected mouse and then spread the disease by biting humans.
Getting rid of rats takes special form of pest control and can only be done effectively by trained, experienced pest control specialists. Our technicians will find the source of the rats infestation and how the mice are accessing your property. From this information gathered, the pest engineer will create a tailor made mouse control treatment plan. We have are experienced and trained in detecting mice and removing them quickly and effectively. Eradicating all activity and keeping your home and family safe from potential hazards.