We get asked about Rat Infestations quite a bit so on this page we are going to try and help resolve & diagnosis the rat problem.
Home owners experience rat infestations on occasion and a lot of the time its to do with poorly maintained drains,cracks in the sewer pipes or caps missing off the interceptor a quick drain CCTV survey will establish if the drains are indeed the culprit if so Drainage Experts can reline the pipe work to its original condition if you have a cracked or broken drain.
The best-known rat species are the Black rat and the brown rat. The group is generally known as the old world ratsor true rats, and originated in Asia. Rats are bigger than most Old World mice, which are their relatives, but seldom weigh over 500 grams (1.1 lb) in the wild.
The term "rat" is also used in the names of other small mamals which are not true rats. Examples include the N American pack rat, a number of species loosely called kangaroo rats, and others. Rats such as the Bandicoot rat are Murine rodents related to true rats, but are not members of the genus Rattus. Male rats are called bucks, unmated female Rats are called does, pregnant or parent females are called dams, and infants are called kittens or pups. A group of rats is either referred to as a pack or a mischief.
The common species are opportunistic survivors and often live with and near humans, therefore they are known as commencals. They may cause substantial food losses, especially in developing countries. However, the widely distributed and problematic commensal species of rats are a minority in this diverse genus. Many species of rats are island endemics and some have become endangered due to habitat loss or competition with the brown,black or polynesian rat.
Wild rodents, including rats, can carry many different zoonotic pathogens, such as leptospira, toxmoplasma gondi, and campylobacter The Black death is traditionally believed to have been caused by the micro-organism yersinia pestis carried by the Tropical Rat Flea which preyed on Black rats living in European cities during the epidemic outbreaks of the Middle Ages; these rats were used as transport hosts. Other zoonotic diseases linked to pest rodents include classical swine flu and foot & mouth disease so good housekeeping and drain maintenance is a must and if you have a rat infestation contact Drainage Experts who can advise the best way forward.
The average lifespan of any given rat depends on which species is being discussed, but many only live about a year due to predation but can breed rapidly so dealing with a rat infestation quickly is key to getting rid of the rat problem before it takes hold and you end up with a large rat infestation.
There are several things the homeowner can do to prevent rat infestations, don't leave food lying around outside, keep your garden shed clear of food stuffs and site on a concrete surface,check your drains by having a drain CCTV survey done, check inspection chambers for rat droppings and good general housekeeping is a must.
Please don't be too alarmed at the sight of mice or even a rat as in London its a known fact we are never more than a few feet away from rodents even though we may not see them,Drainage Experts are always on hand to advise on all your drainage issues from rat infestations ,cracked drains,drain repairs,Drain Relining Services and anything else that you may need to know regarding your drainage issue.