Spotlight On: Rats

Are we completely certain that we know everything we need to know about rats in this day and age? We, at Pest Control in London, have put together some fascinating facts you may not have known about the common pest, rats.

  • Rats are notoriously known for transmitting diseases and were initially the distributors of the bubonic plague
  • Rat droppings are an obvious sign of rats, as are teeth marks on wood and furniture where they may have gnawed continuously
  • Rats have a very good memory so can naturally remember routes and journeys
  • Flushing a rat down a toilet will probably have no effect on it as it can survive in water for a certain length of time
  • Rats have been known to eat their own faeces
  • Just like cats balance themselves with their whiskers, a rat balances itself with its tail. It also communicates via its tail
  • Rats have no sweat glands
  • Happy rats tend to grind their teeth
  • Rats live up to around three years, on average
  • Rats are very reticent of their presence, therefore they are difficult to detect as they prefer to hide. So when you see a rat out in the open, it is likely that there is an infestation as it could have been forced outside of their available hiding space
  • A common sign of rats is hearing random scratching noises
  • Rats can breed and multiply extremely quickly as female rats can mate with 500 males over six hours, around fifteen times per year. This is also a quick turnaround due to the fact that the babies reach adulthood at approximately three months old

london rat babiesThese are just a few facts and an indication of things to be on the lookout for. If you believe you may have a sudden infestation of these uninvited guests or any other pest, call Pest Control in London now; our friendly team would be happy to advise you and help you with the next steps.


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