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Rats are a common problem in many homes. They cause damage to your home, spread disease, and can be plain gross! Many methods exist for removing rats from your home - but it's important to know what they are before you take any action.
Rats that you are most likely to find in your home are the Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse. Rats can be identified by their large size (compared to mice) and their pointed nose. They live near humans, usually in dark, moist places like basements, crawl spaces, or attics.
Rats are very destructive pests. They can chew through walls, wires, and other materials to get into your home. Once they are there, they will eat anything they can find, including food, paper, insulation, and even wiring. Rats also spread disease - they can carry harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli.
Fleas and ticks are also carried by rats, which can cause anaemia in people and other diseases like Lyme disease. In addition, they will urinate everywhere - so if you find a rat infestation in your home, it is very likely that the urine has spread into hard-to-reach places where it can cause harm.
How you can avoid a rat infestation in your home is to seal up any openings where the rats can get through. For example, if you have a shed or garage, make sure to close it off - otherwise, rodents like mice and rats could be living inside them! Rats also climb well, so if you find any small gaps around doorframes or the base of your home, you should patch them up. Regular cleaning and pest control from Pownall Fee Rat Control Treatments and Removal Services will also help to limit a rat infestation!
Getting rid of rats can be difficult - so you should take action as soon as possible. If you have spotted any signs of rats in your home, contact a Pownall Fee Rat exterminator right away for assistance. They will know how best to inspect and clean the area around your house to get rid of the rats for good!
Rats are also known to chew through plastic or vinyl siding on the exterior of homes - especially if there is food nearby! So if you have outdoor trash bins near your house, make sure to keep them out of sight and securely sealed so that rodents cannot get into them!
Two types of rats are most common across the UK: the Brown Rat and the Black Rat.
Rats, also known as brown rats, are by far the most widespread globally. They are usually a light or dark brown colour with a long tail. As they grow, they can reach a length of 25 cm and weigh up to 500 grams. Brown rats live mainly in the ground but can be found in sewers, cellars and sub-floor spaces. They will eat anything they see, including meat, fish, grain or food scraps.
Brown rats are seen as a pest due to the damage they cause by gnawing, which is an essential part of their development at around 12 days old, where milk teeth develop into more prominent gnawing teeth. Brown rats also carry some diseases, including Leptospirosis, Weil's disease and Salmonella.
As its name implies, the black rat, also known as the ship rat, is slightly smaller than the brown rat and has a long tail. Black or dark grey in color, it usually has a light belly. Black rats can grow up to 20 cm in length and weigh around 200 grams.
Black rats prefer to live in trees (where their nests are known as 'rat mounts'). However, they will create underground nesting sites if suitable accommodation isn't available. They will eat fruit, nuts and seeds, and grain and other plant matter.
If you're struggling with a rat infestation, we can help. Pownall Fee Rat Control Treatments and Removal Service offer 24-hour professional pest control rat services that are to get rid of rats for good. We also provide rodent prevention tips so that you don't have to deal with this problem again in the future - call us today!