There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus Norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The Rattus Rattus, referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat is now rarely found in the UK.
If you have never had rats before it is unlikely you will know exactly what needs to be done for effective rat removal. It’s common for most homeowners to not know what to do about a pest problem until they discover the pest infesting their property.
For businesses, It is well know how much impact pests can have and how they can affect brand reputation, customer reviews, employee morale, operational efficiency and ultimately revenue and profits. Having a rat infestation in your business can cause you to lose inventory, create property damage and pose health risks to employees.
DIY rat removal and control is rarely effective. It may seem the cheaper option but the effectiveness of a sub-standard products, incorrect pest identification treatment and/or ultimately additional professional services will make the overall cost higher in the long run.
How to spot if you have rats?
Brown Rat droppings are dark brown in a tapered, spindle shape - like a grain of rice.
Grease and dirt on their bodies leaves smudges on surfaces.
Black rats are agile climbers and often found in lofts. You might notice gnaw marks on wires, cabling or items stored in the loft .
Brown rats are well known for digging extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting.
Rats will shred available materials such as loft insulation, cardboard and other soft items to make nests.
Rats leave foot and tail marks in dusty, less-used areas of buildings.
A rat infestation in your home is not only unpleasant, it creates a potential health risks and also causes fear and stress.
Protecting Your Business
Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free, or, if rodents pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority.
SPECIES OF RAT FOUND IN THE UK
The Brown Rat is the larger of the species in the UK. They possess a well developed sense of smell and are sensitive to sudden noise.
They inhabit wall cavities, roof space or under floorboards. Brown Rats are also often found living in sewer systems and use these as a means to invade a property.
The insurance sector have estimated that rodent damage to wiring is responsible for 25% of all electrical fires in buildings.
Black Rats have well-developed senses of
smell taste and touch.
Smaller than the Brown Rat, they can carry many nasty diseases which spread to humans, normally through their urine.
Black Rats can inflict a great amount of structural damage. They can cause serious fires by gnawing away the insulation around electrical cables, floods by puncturing pipes and even death by chewing through gas pipes.
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