Rats

If you suspect rats are in your building it is important to contact us quickly.  Rats are a public health risk as they mark their territory by urinating everywhere they go. They can carry diseases, which can spread through their urine or from coming into contact with food preparation areas. The diseases include: Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii, Hantavirus and Leptospirosis (often referred to as Weil’s disease).

The most common rat in Britain is the Rattus Norvegicus, also known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. It will live wherever it finds a good source of food, water and shelter.  In buildings they are often found in lofts, cupboards, wall cavities or under floorboards.  They tend to seek out warmer living areas during autumn and winter.

Tell-tale signs of a rat infestation are, dark pellet-shaped droppings, which look like large grains of rice, gnawing marks on electrical cables, wood, plastic, brick, lead pipes, and ripped food cartons.  You may also spot, footprints, tail marks or smears caused by their fur rubbing on the walls.

It is important not to confuse a rat infestation with a mouse infestation.  The approach needed to treat each is different.  A Protex Pest Control technician will help you to identify the problem.

Property and landowners should take all the necessary preventative measures to prevent rats from entering their premises.  The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 and the Food Safety Act 1990 are legal requirements.  Failure to comply with them can lead to hefty fines or even imprisonment.

Contact us today to solve your rat problem.  Our team of experts will also help you to prevent them from coming back in the future.

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