Rats

Rats are a superb carrier of pathogens. Hidden diseases can cause serious problems. Especially when presented to small children and the vulnerable.

Rattus norvegicus also known as Norway rat, Common rat, Brown rat, Wharf rat or Sewer rat.

  • Considered a pest due to causing structural damage, spreading life-threatening diseases and competing with humans for food
  • The brown rat is the most common species in Europe
  • The Black, Ship or Roof rat is largely found in port areas
  • Rats are a strong and robust rodent
  • Brown rats can also be grey with white fur underneath
  • They have excellent hearing, smell and taste
  • They have poor eye sight and are colour blind

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  • Rats often burrow to form their nests
  • They can climb and are very agile
  • Can cause thousands of pounds’ worth of damage
  • Consumes around 30g of food per day
  • They search for food within a 50 metre range of their nest
  • Rats need water as well as food to survive
  • Can have 7 litters a year with up to 10 offspring each time
  • The average rat lives for 18 months

Diseases spread by rats

  • Weil’s Disease
  • Murine Typhus
  • Salmonella
  • and Parasites such as Nematodes

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 10/10 HIGH

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Hazard: 10/10 HIGH

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Needs immediate professional pest control

How We Treat This Pest

Along with mice, rats are the pest we deal with more than any other. Vastly experienced in dealing with these rodents Combat Pest Control go to all lengths to eliminate these pests from your life.

Vital Statistics

Adult Weight: 300g
Length: up to 250mm
Tail Length: up to 200mm

Interesting Facts

  • Have been known to survive in open water for two days
  • Can swim a mile in open sea
  • Can squeeze through a gap of less than 25mm
  • Their hind feet can measure 4cm