Rats spread disease, cause damage and contaminate food. If you have a rat problem, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible.
Read on to learn more about rats and my rodent removal services.
Common Rat – Rattus Norvegicus
The Common rat is also known as the Norway Rat, Sewer Rat or Brown Rat. It has only been in Britain since the 18th century and was probably brought into this country via ships from Russia (not from Norway which is one of it’s common names).
This is the most widespread rat in Britain and it found in and around domestic properties in urban and rural areas. It is also found on farms, commercial premises, in hedgerows and anywhere there is an abundance of food available. This rat can also survive quite happily as it's other name suggests in sewers. It can often access domestic properties via drain faults caused by damaged drains, tree root damage to drains, subsidence, building extensions where old sewers run systems which have not been terminated properly, or new to old sewer runs have failed. This is not a comprehensive list of rat access points in to domestic properties.
Rodent removal services
Pest control treatment includes a property survey to establish why rodents are present at this particular time. Advice will be given to avoid reinfestestation. I can also provide a proofing service, or if required arrange a Closed Circuit Television Scan (CCTV scan) of the drainage system to check for defects. An additional cost would be incurred for this service.
Common rats can also be found under sheds, outbuildings, rockeries, compost bins/areas, hedgerows, around pet runs and livestock. Rats are omnivorous, feeding on almost anything. They will take advantage of bird food, poultry feed, pet feeds, livestock feeds and windfall apples. They are cannibals and will feed on other rats not from their own group. They will also feed on mice, frogs, bird eggs and snails. Whilst feeding on a food source they will defecate and urinate over the food and contaminate it, spoiling it for its original use. As well as causing damage to properties, electric cables and water pipes rats are doubly incontinent, contaminating food and where they travel.
The Ship Rat – Rattus Rattus
The Ship rat is also known as the roof rat or black rat. They probably originated in Asia and reached Western Europe by the Middle Ages, although they may have been present in Britain in smaller areas earlier then the previous date as evidence of them have been found in York and London in the 3rd and 4th century.
They were once the dominant rat but are now rare and only found around some ports, towns and live indoors. The Ship rat is usually black in colour, but could be grey with white/grey beneath and are smaller than the common rat.
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Breeding Activity Table for Rats and Mice
Rats and mice do not pair bond. Mating is on an opportunistic and promiscuous basis. Both rats and mice will mate and conceive shortly after giving birth even whilst still suckling young, giving rise to high population peaks in a short period of time but only when food is plentiful for the young to survive.