Rodent Removal Services from Direct Pest

All About Rodents

A group of rats is either referred to as a pack or a mischief (no surprise there!) and they can carry diseases such as leptospirosis, salmonellosis and campylobacter. Rats cause damage to buildings by gnawing and burrowing and younger rats can fit through gaps as small as 50mm (2inches). Rats are a commensal rodent which literally means ‘living off the table of man’. The most common rat found in the UK is the rattus norvegicus (norwegian rat) and they are never far from human habitation so if you do happen to see one, it’s quite likely they are living in or near your property and is searching for food. Rats also seldom live alone unless a young male has decided to seek a new colony so it won’t be the only one nearby prompting for professional control immediately to avoid disease and food contamination. Most rats will set up their colonies in attics, basements, porches, under concrete and behind walls and they can reproduce very quickly. Below is a list of signs to look for of you think you may have an infestation.

What to Look For

  • Musky smells (similar to rodent pet smells such as hamsters)
  • Droppings (on average 12mm long and banana shaped)
  • Smears along walls from greasy rat fur
  • Rat burrows in the earth
  • Footprints in dust
  • Gnaw marks on food or building structure

For rat removal, give our team a call on 0800 088 6392 and we shall get in contact with you as soon as we can.

Direct Pest’s Favourite Facts About Rodents

At Direct Pest we all have our favorite facts each individual pest so here are our favourite facts about rodents.

  • Most species of mice do not need to drink as they gain all their hydration needs from the food they eat, even when they eat dry grains and cereals. Even if they have access to water they will not necessarily drink it.
  • There are real life zombies – in the rat world that is! If a rat is infected with the parasite Toxoplasma, the regions of the brain which controls the fight or flight response is paralysed and so the rats willing expose themselves to harm.
  • Rats can survive longer than camels when it comes to drinking water
  • Rats use their tails to communicate with others

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