Rat Extermination Services
In the UK you are likely to come across the Brown Rat (common or sewer rat) and the Black Rat (ship rat).
The Black Rat has been with us the longest and has been found in digs in the city of London dating back to the third century. It lives only for about a year, but is sexually active in 2-3 months. Its tail is longer than its body and it’s a very good climber, and can readily enter loft spaces. The slightly bigger brown rat originated in Asia and was first recorded in Europe only in the 18th century. Its tail is slightly shorter than its body. The brown rat often lives in the ground and in sewers and drains. Rats eat just about anything, and need an easily available source of water.
Rats really do carry disease. Weil’s Disease, which can be fatal to humans, carried in their urine. They are also a significant fire threat because of their tendency to gnaw through electrical cables. Rats can cause structural damage to the property.
The Brown Rat
The brown rat is the most common and largest rat in the UK and often lives in sewers.
The Black Rat
The black rat is smaller, darker and sleeker than the brown rat and is commonly found at roof level.
When they are coming into contact with humans, rat control is vital. Protective clothing needs to be worn when tackling a rat infestation, and getting rid of rats is something that should be left to qualified professionals only. Your pest controller will work with you to try and work out how the rats are entering your building, before introducing tried and tested rat control methods.