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Rat Advice from the BPCA

Sep 12 in Rats & Mice

If you’re worried about rats and would like some more information about how to deal with them, this information from the BPCA will tell you all you need to know.

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 not very common any longer. It is half the weight of a brown and rat and is much shorter. It has a pointed muzzle, large, almost hairless ears, a more slender body and a long 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. 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.

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