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The Brown or Common Rat occurs both indoors and outdoors in urban and rural locations. It is a dullish brown grey with a lighter colouring to the belly. It measures between 12" and 17" from nose to tail, has small ears, blunt muzzle and sharp teeth.

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Rats mainly live outdoors or in sewers and can breed up to four litters a year. Rats are active all year round. However they look for warmer environments with an easy food source when the temperature drops. Rats build nests in any safe dry location usually near food and a water supply. Outdoor nests are usually burrows in the ground or in compost heaps. Indoors they nest in cavity walls, roof spaces or where rubbish is stored.

They do seem to be more active at night but will often be seen during daylight especially when food becomes scarce. Signs of activity include gnawing marks, greasy smear marks left on walls and droppings.

The problem

Rats are a serious risk to public health. Apart from the physical contamination of surfaces and food with their droppings and urine they spread diseases such as salmonellosis (food poisoning),and leptospirosis (Weils disease).

Prevention & control

The following measures will help avoid an infestation of rats at your property:

  • Do not leave any loose waste food outside overnight
  • Keep all your rubbish in bins with close fitting lids
  • Do not allow your garden to get overgrown or allow rubbish to pile up which could provide an ideal home for them
  • Repair all broken or damaged drains straight away
  • If you feed birds in your garden clear up uneaten food each night

"DIY" rat treatments are available from most hardware stores. However, infestations are best treated by a professional pest control company.