Rat Control in London & Essex Overview
The most common of the two species of rat in the UK is the brown rat, also known as common rat. You can often detect a rat problem if you find dark pellet-shaped droppings. Rats can spread nasty diseases through their body or urine coming into contact with food preparation areas, causing significant health risks.
Health Risks Leptospirosis (often referred to as Weil's disease) Salmonella Listeria Toxoplasma gondii Hantavirus Damage to Property and Reputation
Rats are notorious for causing structural damage to homes and businesses by gnawing through wiring and pipework, resulting in flooding, electrical damage or fires. Property owners are legally obliged under the
Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises free from rodent infestations and are at risk of fines and possible closure by Environmental Health Officials. How We Can Help You to Help Yourself: Quick Tips Check vents, gaps and basements for rats. Reduce potential nesting sites by keeping gardens maintained and free from rubbish. Ensure drains/covers are well maintained. Use a bird feeder or bird basket to prevent food dropping to the round. Household or food waste should be bagged before being discarded. Replace broken bins/lids. Did you know?
The brown rat can doggy-paddle for up to 72 hours and hold its breath for 3 minutes. A female rat can reproduce every 21/24 days with a litter of 6-8 pups.
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