The Brown Rat, also known as the Sewer Rat, is the most commonly found rat within the UK. This Rodent Pest breeds throughout the year with remarkable success. The gestation period lasts for up to 21 days, and the young rat reaches sexual maturity at 8-12 weeks, able to have in the region of 6 litters per year with a litter size of up to eight baby rats.
Rats have been known to run 100 metres in less than 10 seconds, jump spans of up to six feet and swim continuously for 72 hours. You are never more than six feet away from this pest.
The correct treatment against Rats is important in Professional Pest Control. Location and areas that rats frequent are food and water sources, entry points and likely size of infestation all need to be identified, followed by the implementation of an appropriate rodent baiting programme.
Rodenticides are placed within bait stations to entice rats to feed in areas they perceive to be safe locations.
Baiting is to be linked with proofing measures such as bristle strip and other entry blocking. Extra care must be taken to avoid children and pets being exposed to rodenticides.
In all Rat Infestation cases, a minimum of 2 to 3 treatments are necessary and in commercial premises, a number of annual visits are recommended to be between 6 and 8.
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