Brown rats and Black rats are most common rats in Britain.
The Brown Rat is the larger, often weighing over half a kilo and measuring about 23cm, without counting the tail. It has a blunt muzzle, small hair-covered ears and a tail that is shorter than its body length. The Black Rat weighs only half as much and is slightly shorter. It has a pointed muzzle, large, almost hairless ears, a more slender body and a long thin tail that is longer than its body.
The Brown Rat stays near ground level. The Black Rat occurs in seaport towns and is a more agile climber, often entering the upper floors of buildings. It is very easy to detect both species on the base of their different shaped droppings,footprints (The Brown rat is flat footed,The Black rat runs on its toes) and regular “runs” to and from feeding areas.In towns, Brown Rats often live in sewers but in the countryside there is a constant background population in fields and hedges.
Both species can produce 60-70 rats from one pair per year!
The youngones are born blind, helpless and naked and depend on their mother for food for about three weeks before they are sufficiently developed to take solid food.
Rats, like mice, always gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They damage woodwork, plastic and lead pipes and will sometimes strip insulation from electrical cables by their gnawing a potential case of building fires.
Rats are also nocturnal and mostly feed at nights.
They are also attracted towards bird feed in the garden which is a easy food source for them.
Weil’s disease, murine typhus, rat bite fever, trichinosis are the diseases they can cause. They contaminate more food than they consume and their urine can pollute stagnant water.
W We can treat mice with anti-coagulant poisons that are put in tamper proof boxes in areas out of children and pets reach. We also use traditional trapping systems
….Do not leave any food particles in the kitchen.
Please keep kitchen sink dry specially at night.
Please keep all fruits coverd with a plastic sheet specially at night..
- If you have poultry,put feed in poultry feeders and bring in at night.
- If you feed garden birds, use a bird table or feeder basket and bring it in at night.
- Please keep clear an access to the loft space.
- Make your kitchen units as clear as you can to get easy access to where the mice are more active.
- If the problem is in the bathroom, please ensure we can get access under your bath.
we collect dead mice if visible and accessible.
Cleaning up of all droppings are highly recommended after visit, so that you can know if the problem is on – going.
If we can retrieve mice that have died then we will, but sometimes this is not possible.
- We may need you to eliminate harbourage areas for us such as gaps under sheds, loose piles of wood or neglected weed patches.