A Brief History of Humans and the Rat

A Brief History of Humans and the Genus Rattus (True Rat)

Rats are perfect carriers of certain pathogens, they are extremely dangerous in the spread of killer diseases like the “Black Death” , also known as the Bubonic Plague that ravaged 17th century London so badly that a child’s song decrypting its symptoms was composed and is till this day still sang widely, “Ring-a-ring a roses”.

Refuse Bins and Bags – A Rat’s Haven

House hold refuse has long provided a perfect inviting natural warm environment with enough water and left over food for rats.

Mr Simon Forrester, chief executive of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), stated that “ overflowing bins is likely to become even more acute in areas where the frequency of household collections has been reduced” he went on further to say “ Everyone has a responsibility to minimise pest problems because once the source of the issue is eventually taken away, the pests will look for food and shelter elsewhere – perhaps inside the nearest home or business.”

Need Help With What To Do???

A BBC article states that “The UK population of brown rats is peaking at 15 million”, people need to become more rodent aware and practice better methods of disposing of trash.

The BPCA gives good advice on how to prevent rats

“You can put steps in place to try and prevent a rat infestation:

  • Eliminate any harbourage points such as sealing gaps around pipes and under sheds; rats only need a gap of 15mm to gain entry.
  • Remove potential nesting sites by keeping yards and gardens clean and tidy, by cutting back overgrown areas and clearing any piles of wood/debris.
  • Ensure that drain inspection covers are in a good state of repair.
  • Cover any household waste where rats can get access to it, close dustbin lids and cover compost heaps.
  • If you feed garden birds, do not do this to excess and use a bird table or feeder basket if possible.”

If you have seen rats or are concerned that you have a rat infestation feel free to contact us for some free advice. 

0121 580 9229 or email enquiries@advantagepestcontrol.co.uk 

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