What are Rats
Rats are a rodent which live very close to man.
They are found in sewers, drains, sheds, farms anywhere they can find food, water and shelter.
They can grow up to an average of 40cm in length and the tail is generally shorter than the head and the body and they weigh between 350 and 500 gram.
A rats preferred food is cereal but they are omnivorous.
They eat around 30 gram of food a day and rats unlike mice are more selective in what they consume but will eat a wide variety of food.
A rat can get through tiny gaps and once they enter a property they can cause a nuisance and can be very damaging which can include gnawing through wires, wood, food, rubbish.
They are a danger to health and have also been known to cause fires through chewing electrical wires.
Signs of Rats
Usual signs you may have an infestation of rats could be the sightings of droppings, which are dark brown in colour spindle shaped and are usually together in an area as rats generally have toilet areas.
Other signs could be gnawing marks, scratching noises or trail marks.
Rats are generally out of sight so finding nest areas to an untrained person can prove difficult as they are usually in lofts, cavities, behind electrical equipment.
How do Rats breed
Rats breed at a fast rate, they generally have 7-8 babies per litter and can breed 3 – 6 times a year, the young females are ready to breed at around 12 weeks so a small infestation can soon turn into a large infestation if not got under control.
Who can help me control Rats?
Arrest Apest can help control your rat problem.
Our technicians have the experience to deal with any rat issues.