Rat Infestations – control and advice

Manchester Pest Control, are specialists in treating rat infestations, so if you suspect an infestation in your property call us on 0161 434 9939 for a no-obligation quote or fill in our contact form.

Rats – what to look for:

The most common species of feral rat in the UK are the Black and Norwegian Brown, easily identified by their large size compared to mice, and their long hairless tails. They are heavily built for their size with small ears and eyes, and large front incisors. Rats are social animals and will live in groups with a clear social hierarchy and structure. They are excellent climbers and are able to fit into small openings and crevices, so are able to spread through a property or premises with ease.

As opportunistic feeders with a very keen sense of smell, rats are well suited to living amongst humans and can eat almost anything, with discarded waste and rubbish a prime feeding source. It is estimated that in every city there may be as many rats as there are human inhabitants. Rats are very intelligent and can be domesticated, however, if they are threatened or their food or water source becomes scarce or overcrowded, they can become aggressive and attack humans.

Rats can establish nests in any available space and can be found under floors, in cavity walls and lofts, sewers and drains and outside in sheds and outhouses. They can also burrow beneath tree roots or under walls and decking. Due to their tough front incisors, they can cause significant structural damage and increase fire and electrocution risks by chewing through wires.

To locate a nest, you should look for a burrow opening or hole, or look for rat runs in long grass or bushes. You can also locate them by following any scratching noises and by looking for droppings. An infested location will often also have a noticeably musky smell.

Infestation risks:

It is very important to locate, control and treat an infestation quickly as rats are able to breed all year round and from a very early age. As they can bear multiple litters of multiple babies year-round, population numbers will rapidly increase and become tougher to deal with. In addition, any evidence of rat activity in a restaurant or food-related premises can result in prosecution or other action under the hygiene requirements of the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 2004.

Rats also carry a variety of infectious diseases which are communicable to both domestic pets and humans as well as carrying fleas which can lead to a subsequent flea infestation. Diseases can be passed on by the contamination of food or surfaces by rat hair, droppings, and urine or the parasites that live on their bodies. This can be particularly serious as rats can carry Leptospirosis which can cause Wells Disease and is fatal to humans.