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ABOUT RATS

The most common rat in the UK and the one we are called out to deal with most regularly is the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus). This rat, common with most rats, including the Black Rat (Rattus rattus), is a carrier of multiple diseases including Weils Disease, E Coli and Salmonella. Besides the obvious health implications, rats are a nuisance in buildings, causing extensive damage as they chew through woodwork and even electric wiring, leading to potential fire hazards. They survive in sewers, buildings, streets and alleyways and will live almost anywhere humans do. Rats eat almost anything, including meat, fruit and vegetables, and can root through litter bins to get food or hunt for scraps left on kitchen floors.

As the saying goes ‘ you are never too far away from a rat’ and indeed there is a rise in the number of rats living in the UK, which is why it is so vital to have an effective rat control service in Landcare Pest Control. It is hard to put an exact figure on the number of rats in the UK, but it is thought the rat population stands at around 80 million – a figure greater than the human population. This is not only attributed to their eating and living habits, but also as a result of our mild climate, which means improved survival rates during the winter months. In addition, rats can produce up to five litters a year. As the rat population is so high in the UK, there is a significant need for Landcare Pest control in We cover South Wales and the English border counties: Abergavenny, Raglan, Crickhowell, Usk, Tintern, Monmouth, Chepstow, Hereford, Newport and Cardiff.

The Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Common Rat, Sewer Rat, Hanover Rat, Norway Rat, Brown Norway Rat, Norwegian Rat and the Wharf Rat, is one of the best known and most common rats. It is generally accepted that the Common Rat came originally from northern China, but it has now spread to all parts of the globe except Antarctica, making it the second most successful mammal in the world after Human beings.

RATS ARE THE PERFECT PREDATOR

Brown rats are expert jumpers, climbers and swimmers. This means they are at home in all habitats, including dark, damp sewers and rubbish dumps, domestic, commercial, and agricultural premises. They also breed extremely rapidly.

They can eat almost anything that humans can, which means they are more than happy to feed off leftovers in the bin. Once they become established, the numbers of other rodents, marine and land bird species tend to fall. This was discovered by Swiss researchers, who told the journal Conservation Biology that brown rats were among the most invasive mammals in Europe, and they had the biggest ecological and economic impact.

RISING POPULATION OF RATS

The secret of the brown rat’s success lies in its opportunistic way of life and extraordinary ability to reproduce, with one pair multiplying to 200 in just one year. There are now believed to be more than 15 million brown rats across the UK.

There is also evidence to suggest that the warm summers increase the rat population. Landcare Pest Control call-outs to deal with this type of rodent problem stayed steady over the summer months, which is unusual, as typically rats spend the summer outdoors. The British Pest Control Association think rodents have not needed to move far because the hot weather led to a plentiful supply of fruit.

RATS ARE HEALTH HAZARDS

Brown rats can cause a great deal of physical damage to homes and businesses, including farms, warehouses and companies operating in port areas. They chew through woodwork and electrical wiring and even puncture gas pipes, which leads to an increased risk of fire, which is why rat pest control is of utmost importance.

These rats can also act as the carrier for many different types of disease, including Weil’s disease, E.coli and salmonella. Weil’s disease is spread through contact with rat’s urine – for example by swimming in an infected river, canal or lake. Rats also carry the bacteria which can lead to E.coli and salmonella, which is passed on to humans through infected food or water. As with Weil’s disease, it results in a fever, shivering, headaches, nausea and loss of appetite and should be treated promptly with antibiotics.

THE LIFE CYCLE OF RATS

Brown Rats can breed all year round and a female can produce 5 litters a year if conditions are right. This high rate of reproduction is facilitated by a very short gestation period of just 21 days. With litters of about 8 at a time, it is easy to see that rat numbers can swell very quickly.

Rats have a maximum life span of 3 years, although most of them won’t make it past one year due to the number of predators and the amount of fighting that goes on.

Brown Rats live in large hierarchical groups, either in burrows or subsurface places such as sewers and cellars. When food is in short supply the rats lower in the social order are the first to die.

THE TREATMENT OF RATS

A comprehensive survey is carried out to establish the extent of the rat infestation and to determine its source or the location of the lair. Landcare Pest control will then treat the problem using anti-coagulant baits, although physical methods of trapping and removing can be used in certain circumstances.

When treating rat infestations, we endeavour to use the most environmentally friendly products. Landcare Pest control will also give advice on how to prevent the problem from returning including the rat-proofing of buildings and the removal of any possible harbourages such as vegetation.

Once we have dealt with the pests, we will advise you how to prevent another outbreak, including rat-proofing buildings, and we will also advise on food storage and rubbish removal.

DOMESTIC RAT PEST CONTROL

Rats are a health threat, as they can pass the disease on to humans, which is why there is a need for domestic and commercial rat control.
If you require domestic rat control then contact Landcare Pest Control immediately on 07973-662467. We cover South Wales and the English border counties: Abergavenny, Raglan, Crickhowell, Usk, Tintern, Monmouth, Chepstow, Hereford, Newport and Cardiff.

We use the most environmentally friendly products for rat control. In addition to our treatment services, we also provide advice on how to prevent a repeat problem. Our service is very competitive and we can guarantee our work.

COMMERCIAL RAT PEST CONTROL

In addition to our domestic rat control, Landcare Pest Control also provides a prompt and effective commercial rat control service. We offer a complete pest and rat control service covering South Wales and the English border counties: Abergavenny, Raglan, Crickhowell, Usk, Tintern, Monmouth, Chepstow, Hereford, Newport and Cardiff.

Landcare Pest Control provides specially made contracts from one-off treatments to tailored-made plans to suit your business. This involves continuous monitoring, prevention and treatment, includes on-site reports, risk assessments and surveys with recommendations to prevent any future infestations.

WHY ARE RATS A PEST FOR BUSINESSES?

Rats are a pest because they can carry a number of bacterium and micro-organisms that can cause disease. As much as 50 per cent of some populations of brown rats have been found to be carriers of the bacteria Coxiella burnetii, which causes Q fever. This can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, fever, nausea and diarrhoea and can result in life-threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Rats, including the black rat, can also carry Weils Disease, viral hemorrhagic fever, Salmonella and E-Coli.

A variety of businesses are at risk from a rat outbreak including refuse centres, farms, supermarkets, warehouses, factories, hotels, pubs, restaurants and food outlets. If a rat is found in a food-related business it needs to be dealt with immediately for health and safety reasons.
A rat outbreak can cause a real threat to your business, including loss of reputation and possible closure, which is why you need help from the rat control experts at Landcare Pest Control. We cover South Wales and the English border counties: Abergavenny, Raglan, Crickhowell, Usk, Tintern, Monmouth, Chepstow, Hereford, Newport and Cardiff.

HOW LANDCARE PEST CONTROL CAN HELP?

Landcare pest control offers a variety of pest control and elimination services including rat control for homes, businesses, restaurants, food outlets, warehouses and agricultural organisations. We provide a very swift and efficient service with same day emergency call outs if necessary.
We also offer a complete pest and rat control service covering South Wales and the English border counties: Abergavenny, Raglan, Crickhowell, Usk, Tintern, Monmouth, Chepstow, Hereford, Newport and Cardiff.
We provide specially made contracts tailored to suit your business. This involves continuous monitoring and prevention and includes on-site reports, risk assessments and surveys with recommendations to prevent any future infestations.

Contact us now for friendly, effective assistance and for more information on our rat control and rat removal services.

RAT & MICE CONTROL

Landcare pest control will tailor-make a package to suit the requirements of your establishment. Specialising purely in Rodent Control, we fully understand that each of our sites are unique and will have different rodent control requirements. Your Landcare technician will conduct a site survey to establish the best control and monitoring plan for your establishment.

  • Poultry Units
  • Farm businesses
  • Food manufacturing sites
  • Hotels
  • School Grounds
  • Equestrian
  • Commercial Properties and Businesses
  • Warehousing
  • Residential Care Homes
  • Residential dwellings
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