Rats pose a significant health risk to people and pets, carrying common diseases such as Salmonella, Weil’s disease, E.coli, Cryptosporidiosis and Tuberculosis.
Typical evidence to look for in your home or garden that indicates signs of rats are; scratching noises, strong ammonia smell, droppings and teeth marks on food packaging.
Rats can gnaw through wood, plastics and even mild steel. They have also been known to cause fires by chewing through wiring.
Young rats can get through holes of less than 10mm, so it is vital you proof your home by sealing any gaps. They have been known to use cat flaps and integral garages as ways to access homes.
These rodents can be a serious health risk, particularly in kitchens or where children play, due to the diseases mice can spread as they search for food and shelter. They can also significantly damage your home and furniture by constant gnawing, and have been known to chew through electrical cables.