The common rat, or Rattus norvegicus, is a destructive pest found all over the United Kingdom. These rodents eat and contaminate food, cause damage to buildings in the Halebarns area and other property with their gnawing and burrowing and can spread a variety of diseases that harm both humans and pets.
These common rats are typically 30 to 45 centimeters long including their 15 to 20.5 centimeter tail. Their fur is extremely coarse and mostly brown, with a yellowish white underside. Rats will eat just about anything, but best prefer meats and grains. They will climb in order to find food, or climb to find shelter. Any entrance of a house in the Halebarns area with an opening larger than 2 centimeters can allow a rat to squeeze through, searching for food or for a safe place to hide.
Rats have litters of 6 to 12 young, which are born 21 to 23 days after mating. With average of 4 to 6 litters a year and a life span of 18 months, the reproduce very quickly. A few rats can turn into an infestation within a few short months and should be properly dealt with by a Halebarns Rat Control company like Young's Pest Control.
Like many other rodents, the common rat (also caller the brown rat or the sewer rat), can carry a whole host of pathogens. Weil's disease, rat bite fever, cryptosporidious, Viral hemorrhagic fever, Q fever and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome have all been found in rats, and all can be passed on to humans. In the United Kingdom, sewer rats are a huge reservoir of the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. This bacteria can cause Q fever, and has been found in a record breaking 53% of the animal's population.
One species of parasite, called Toxoplasma gondii, causes a disease called Toxoplasmosis. This parasite is spread by when infected rats are caught and eaten by domestic cats. This Parasite has been associated with rats for a long period of time, and has even genetically evolved to transfer to the cats body after digestion.
Rats love to live in areas with poor sanitation. Typically places with garbage, rotting food and lots of clutter will make the rats population surge. Many times after huge storms, the sewers where the rats typically live are too wet and fast moving to stay in. This is when the rats move in to the warm, dry home up above and an infestation occurs. Calls to Halebarns Rat Control companies can go up by as much as 18%, directly after major storms just due to the rats moving from the wet sewers to homes where they feel same and secure.
In Britain alone there are an estimated 65 to 80 million rats, which exceeds the human population of the UK. If your house has rat droppings lying around, if you have even found remnants of a rats nest under scrap wood, if you hear a noise coming from the attic, if you see burrowing around your plants and garden, or if your cat or dog has ever brought the dead carcass of a rat into your house... then you may just have, a rat infestation!
Time to call in a Halebarns Rat Control expert to help rid your home of these vermin before it's too late.
Young's Pest Control have excellent rates and specials for rat control in the Halebarns area. Don't delay, call a specialist rat control company today!
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