Rats are in every neighbourhood throughout the country and rat control Reading companies are kept perpetually busy working on rodent related cases. (BBC: 15 million rats in the UK.)
Whilst we may like to think that they only appear in derelict, badly maintained or unhygienic spaces, it doesn’t concern rodents whether they are in the most desirable residential address, a household name company’s distribution centre or trundling around a farmyard. If they can establish a safe, secluded home and enjoy a water and food supply they’ll be content to lodge in or around the site.
Crumbs on a work surface, an open food cupboard and even pet food are like a gilt-edged invitation to rats. Although they prefer cereals, they will eat almost anything in the name of survival.
Rats are loyal, highly intelligent and possess excellent memories. When a rat assesses that there is a danger, it will remember to avoid it and tell its fellow rats to. Their hearing, touch and taste are mesmerising. Super-rats have evolved so that they can consume over the counter poisons without any ill effects.
Rats carry diseases which are harmful and sometimes fatal to humans, even after the rat’s death, so please don’t take risks, waste time or resources on ineffectual measures. Trust that qualified, experienced teams with access to licensed rodent control treatments will resolve your rat issue efficiently.
The Brown Rat, also called the Common Rat or Norway Rat, Rattus Norvegicus, is the most common rat in the UK; you may encounter a Black Rat, also known as the Ship Rat, Rattus Rattus, but these are becoming rare in this country. (Rattus Rattus is the species that brought the plague.)
Brown Rats are normally around 20-25cm without the tail and they can weigh half a kilo. The tail is shorter than the body, they have hair covered ears and their noses are flat. Black Rats have tails longer than their bodies, pointed noses and the ears are hairless. They are smaller than the Brown Rat.
Rats take approximately 12 weeks to mature and so potentially breed. Delaying pest control or hoping that the rats will obligingly move on is counterproductive and drives the expense and extent of treatment upwards.
Rats gnaw to maintain their teeth’s sharpness and they are capable of chewing through electric cabling which causes a fire risk, through brickwork and timber and of absconding with any materials which they believe are useful for their nests, including loft insulation.
Don’t feel ashamed or hesitant about contacting pest control firms. Pests are an inevitable part of life. Rats, like many pests, are opportunists so when they notice a suitable space, maybe via a hole in the roof, a slightly ajar wheelie bin or an open window, they’ll take their chance.
Pest control Reading specialists are aware that their presence might cause concern amongst neighbours, commercial or residential, so companies like Pest Control Berkshire have vans which are unmarked, and their uniforms are neutral without logos.
Please call a pest control Reading rodent expert without delay.