Rats

 

 

 

 

Rats cause considerable damage to property and business through contamination of food, packaging and work areas with urine, droppings and hair. Physical damage caused by gnawing of cables, timbers, goods and indeed anything else, will be costly to replace or repair. AC Pest Control supplies expert rodent control services using a variety of methods including baiting, trapping, proofing and monitoring. Methods will be chosen to suit your particular situation ensuring safety, discretion, effectiveness and compliance with legislation.  A single female rat can have up to 6 litters a year. Each litter may contain up to 8 young and they are soon mature enough to start reproducing themselves. Rats are very good climbers, and they continuously chew to keep their teeth short so they can feed, without the chewing their two front teeth can grow to 4 inches in a year. Rats are disease carriers and can cause substantial structural damage and contamination.

 

 

Appearance

Up to 40 cm in length, with a tail shorter than the head and body.

350 – 500g in weight. 

Blunt nose, small ears and a thicker body when compared to the Black Rat (Rattus rattus).

 

Lifecycle

 

7 – 8 young per litter; 3 – 6 litters a year.

Gestation period of about 3 weeks.

10 – 12 weeks from birth to sexual maturity.

 

 

Habits

 

Usually ground living and burrowing, but sometimes climbs. The only species to occur in sewers in the UK.

Preferred food is cereals.         

Will eat around 30g of food a day and drink 60ml.