Rats: A public health nuisance
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Rats: A public health nuisance
You’ve probably heard the old saying that wherever you are, there’s always a rat no more than two meters away. To some extent that’s an urban myth – we certainly have no wish to worry you on that score. Sometimes though, they might be closer than you think. Or you might have seen one with your own eyes, or have reason to suspect that there are regular unwanted visitors to your house, garden, garage or shed. If you have a cat flap, you should be aware that your cat is not the only animal that can come through it, and rats are big enough that they might not be deterred by a cat – in fact, they could give a cat (or dog) a nasty scratch or infectious bite!
We’ve already discussed mice in another post, in particular the kind of health issues and damage they can cause. With rats, this is on a much greater scale. Rat bite fever, transmitted from the saliva of rats, is rare in the UK but has nevertheless hospitalised people in recent years and can result in death if not treated with antibiotics. Lesser – though still unpleasant – illnesses can be contracted from exposure to rat urine and faeces. Rats can do a huge amount of damage to buildings, eating through metals and concrete at an alarming rate. They can get into walls and roof spaces – you might hear them scratching about in the ceiling during the night.
Rats are attracted by the promise of food, but can also pose a problem during cold spells when they will be more likely to seek shelter indoors. Even if you keep your home in good order, it is often other external conditions that can bring rats to your door. You might be more at risk if you live near a refuse tip, allotment, or in an area where food outlets are regularly throwing out greasy food leftovers. If you live in accommodation with a rear alley where communal waste is discarded, some residents may not take appropriate steps to ensure bins are properly sealed. Once attracted in this way, rats are difficult to get rid of and will explore other local opportunities.
When you consider that rats have lived side by side with human civilisations for thousands of years, often travelling on board boats and feasting on the cargo, it is no surprise that they are such a robust and versatile creature and very difficult to get rid of. They are good swimmers, and you might be likely to encounter them if you live near a stream, river or drainage outlet. If conditions are right, they will breed often and with large litters that are also capable of breeding within 3 to 4 months. They are clever enough to avoid many shop-bought traps and poisons, which may kill or capture one or two if you are lucky but will not rid you of an infestation.
Manchester Pest Control prides itself on looking after the interests of homeowners throughout Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire. We have the professional experience and the industry-available tools to eliminate rats and keep them at a distance from you.
Don’t let rats overrun your home and neighbourhood. Contact Manchester Pest Control for a quote today.
We do not use sign written vehicles and will be discreet at all times when dealing with your pest problem. All pest control work is guaranteed, Treatments are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week including bank holidays. We will also advise on any pest proofing issues and how to avoid pest problems in the future. We all want what's best for our family and to protect our home. Apart from the danger to health, many pests can also cause extensive structural damage, as well as an offensive odour. Before you go down the DIY route, why not give us a call to see how we can help? You have nothing to lose! We all want what's best for our family and to protect our home. Apart from the danger to health, many pests can also cause extensive structural damage, as well as an offensive odour. Before you go down the DIY route, why not give us a call to see how we can help? You have nothing to lose!
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People and companies think they can treat the pest problem themselves, only to find that they make the infestation worse by purchasing products from DIY outlets with a poor percentage of insecticide. This may prove to be an expensive waste of time and money. Rats: A public health nuisance Rats: A public health nuisance & Pest Control provides an effective solution to your pest control problem with advice to prevent any infestation recurring.
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People and companies think they can treat the pest problem themselves, only to find that they make the infestation worse by purchasing products from DIY outlets with a poor percentage of insecticide. This may prove to be an expensive waste of time and money. Manchester Pest Control provides an effective solution to your pest control problem with advice to prevent any infestation recurring.
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