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Rats (rodent)

 

Brown Rat, Common Rat , Norway Rat, Sewer Rat, Rattus Norvegicus

What is a Rat?
Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size; rats are generally large rodents, while mice are generally small rodents. The best-known rat species are the Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) which is the most common of the rats that we are asked to deal with. In Western countries, many people keep domesticated rats as pets. These are of the species Rattus Norvegicus, which originated in the grasslands of China and spread to Europe and eventually, in 1775, to the New World.

Rats have keen taste, hearing, and sense of smell. They will climb to find food or shelter, and they can gain entrance to a building through any opening larger than 1/2 inch across. Rats can swim. Rats are creatures of habit that prefer using the same passageways over and over. They are also wearily of anything new in their environment. Rats are usually nocturnal and have poor eyesight. These social animals live in hierarchical groups and like to nest in burrows.

A rats fur is coarse and usually brown or dark grey, while the under parts are lighter grey or brown. The length can be up to 25 cm (10 in), with the tail a further 25 cm (10 in), the same length as the body. Adult body weight averages 350 g (12 oz) in males and about 250 g (9 oz) in females, but a very large individual can reach 500 g (18 oz). Rats weighing over 1 kg (2.2 lb) are exceptional, and stories of rats as big as cats are exaggerations, or misidentifications of other rodents such as the coypu and muskrat.

Did you know?
A rat can tread water for three days and survive being flushed down the toilet and it can return to the building via the same route

Where will you find them?
Rats will normally be found in burrows outside, under garden sheds or located near rubbish. Inside you will find them under kitchen units, in basements, behind bath panels and in roof voids to name just a few places.

How do you know you have them?
Apart from sightings the most usual signs are droppings, evidence of scratching, gnawing, tracks, burrows etc

Why do we need to control them?
They are a serious risk to public health. Apart from the physical contamination of surfaces and food with their droppings and urine they spread diseases such as salmonellosis (food poisoning), and Leptospirosis (Weils' disease).It is because of this that an infestation of rats should not be tolerated.

What happens during our visit?
On the first visit our technician will arrive at a time that has been arranged with you, so you will not have to wait in all day for an appointment.  We offer early morning and late evening appointments as well for your convenience.

 
Our technician will initially talk through the problems you are experiencing and explain what our treatment entails.
He will then carry out a thorough inspection of your premises prior to any treatment and assess the level and extent of the infestation.
After the inspection rodenticide will be placed around the property as needed.
All our treatments are completely safe for children and animals and baits are placed in plastic tamper resistant bait boxes where necessary.
The technician will also offer advice on proofing (filling in any entry points that the rats are using to gain access to your property) and also advise on how to manage cleaning and food storage to prevent rats being attracted to your property.
At the end of each visit the technician will provide you with a written report so you can keep a record of what was found during the visit and what proofing is needed.

 
Follow up
For rats we would need to carry out two follow ups. The usual follow-up time after the initial baiting programme has been established is seven working days.

The first follow up will let us know how bad the infestation was and where you have had evidence of rats. The technician will re-bait as necessary and arrange the second follow up with you. On the second follow up this will normally tell us that the premises is all clear and our technician will give you advice on preventing rats in the future.
 
       
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