Rat Advice from the BPCA - PEST UK

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Rat Advice from the BPCA

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Rat Advice from the BPCA

Need advice on rats? Think you may have a rat infestation? PEST UK and the BPCA are here to help.


Rat Advice from the BPCA


The most common species of rat in the UK is the Brown Rat. They are large rats, often weighing over half a kilo and measuring about 23cm, excluding the tail. The other rat species found in the UK is the black rat, but this is no long very common. It is half the weight of a brown rat and is much shorter. It has a pointed muzzle, large, almost hairless ears, a more slender body and a thin tail that is longer than its body.

Rats have excellent smell and hearing and need to gnaw constantly to keep their incisors worn down, hence the damage to woodwork, etc. While they may seem harmless, rats are known to be carriers of some pretty nasty diseases.

Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent-free, or, if rodents pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority.

Rats can be difficult to get rid of without the help of a pest control professional.

Read more Advice on Rats from the BPCA.



PESTUK are full members of the BPCA, the governing body for pest control in the UK. Using a BPCA member company ensures you have a qualified, fully insured company treating your pest problem.

If you think you may have a rat infestation, or would like some advice, call us on 0330 100 2811 or email at services@pestuk.com


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