The common rat is the most common in the UK and is most reviled for spreading disease. Responsible for the spread of the bubonic plague and more recently leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) among others, there are numbers estimated at 80-90million in the UK alone. Rats can cause damage to structures of buildings as well as to electrical systems and pipework as they gnaw anything and everything in order to combat the continuous growth of their teeth. Rat activity can be reasonably suspected should there be signs of droppings, gnawing, burrowing or greasy marks from their oily bodies.
Rats are very persistent creatures and will cause extensive damage, spread disease and contaminate food if not dealt with swiftly.
Do you have problems with damage from knawing to floorboards? Pipes? Doors? Or Floorboards? Have you found small dark droppings? If the answer is yes, then it’s likely you have a potential rat infestation. As rats are more active during the night most signs of rats will be discovered without actually seeing a rat. Here are some signs that you do have a rat problem.