The brown rat has an average weight of 335g. It is 200-270 mm in length (head and body) and the length of the tail is 150-200 mm. The common rat has small ears and eyes.
Conditions that suit a rapid population increase are a good supply of food and water, suitable temperatures and an undisturbed cover. With such conditions, breeding will continue throughout the year. Rats are able to reproduce from the age of three months. Mating is carried out on an opportunistic and promiscuous basis. Mating is brief and can take place with a number of males. The period of pregnancy (gestation) is approximately 21-24 days. With the average size of the Common Rat litter between 6 – 11. The female rat may be willing to mate and can conceive again soon after the original litter is born.
Brown rats are omnivorous but prefer starch and protein-rich foods. Their diet includes meat, fish, vegetables, weeds, earthworms, crustaceans, nuts and fruit.
Outdoor burrows are usually very easy to spot and are often situated on sloping ground. The entrance holes are approximately 70-120 mm in diameter.
Rodents are incontinent and foul wherever they travel.
Rats and mice are carriers of numerous diseases such as Salmonella, Hantavirus and Weil’s disease.
The droppings and fur of rats and mice will also contaminate food preparation surfaces and foodstuffs. Common rats can produce up to 40 droppings a day, they are on average about 12 mm in length and taper to a point at both ends. Fresh droppings are a tell tale sign of rodents.
They need to gnaw constantly as their teeth continue to grow throughout their lives. They can gnaw through cables, plastic, wooden doors and even mild steel! Rats can be distinguished as their incisor teeth marks are about 3 mm wide.
As well as the health risks associated with rodents, buildings can be damaged; pipe work, electrical cables causing fires, floods and expensive repair bills.
Schedule regular rodent control service visits with South Coast Pest Control to prevent further infestation outbreaks.
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Rats had chewed through this Hetty vacuum in a loft space in Wimborne. See how thick the plastic is that they cut through. There must have been some food stuffs in there to attract them. If you think there’s even a chance rats are doing this kind of damage in your loft or roofspace give us a call.
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