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10 Interesting Facts About Rats

Understanding the Dangers of These Pests

Rats are far more than your average pests – they have an array of strengths that make them ideally suited to invading homes and business premises. Here are 10 things you may not have known about them – and you’ll soon see why effective rat pest control is so important!

High Intelligence

Rats’ high intelligence makes them formidable adversaries. They have incredible problem-solving abilities, which allows them to navigate through obstacles. Once they establish a presence, they can quickly adapt to various conditions, which makes getting rid of them even more difficult.

Carriers of Disease

Rats are notorious carriers of diseases that can pose serious risks to humans. This potential for disease transmission makes rat infestations a significant public health concern, especially when they are found on commercial premises.

Waterborne Threats

It’s not just your home or business premises you need to be concerned with, but your water supply too. Rats’ exceptional swimming abilities, coupled with their affinity for scurrying around in sewers, raise the risk of water contamination and the spread of waterborne diseases.

Nocturnal Nuisances

Under the cover of darkness, rats can gnaw through electrical wiring, wood, and even insulation, creating fire hazards and compromising the integrity of your home or commercial property. Worst of all, you’ll be asleep and won’t even know!

Rapid Reproduction

In a short period of time, a small rat population can escalate into a full-blown infestation. This increases the risks of property damage and disease transmission – and makes it harder to ensure that every last rat is wiped out. That’s why you should get in touch with us right away.

Food Chain Disruptors

Rats eat anything – and this disrupts the natural food chain and can lead to imbalances in ecosystems – especially if you are in a rural location. A rat problem can affect the populations of other species and pose risks to local biodiversity.

Structural Sabotage

Rats’ constant need to gnaw is a destructive behaviour that can compromise the structural integrity of buildings. Gnawed wires and weakened foundations can result in costly repairs and, in extreme cases, dangerous collapses. Damaged wires can also lead to electrical fires.

The Power of Whiskers

Rats’ highly sensitive whiskers enable them to navigate through tight spaces with ease. Allowing them to access areas that would otherwise be secure. This ability, coupled with their relentless drive to find shelter and food, makes them very persistent intruders.

Territorial Trespassers

Rats mark their territory with urine and scent glands, leaving behind small but potent markings. These territorial signals not only attract more rats but also serve as a warning sign of potential infestations. No matter how small or how few the signs of an infestation, our trained team will spot them.

Silent Spreaders

Rats are silent spreaders of contamination. Their ability to move swiftly and discreetly allows them to carry disease-causing agents over wide areas, making the containment of outbreaks challenging – further demonstrating the need for prompt intervention.

We’re Here to Help

As you can see, rats have many strengths that make them ideally suited to causing problems in a property. To find out more about us and our residential and commercial pest control, get in touch today.