Pest of the month

Ian at 999 Pest Control

Winter pests include; rats, mice Bed Bugs, Fleas,

However this months Pest Of The Month is the Brown Rat, Rattus norvegicus

A Rat’s Teeth Never Stop Growing

Rats are known for gnawing on things, and with good reason. Their teeth can grow up to 5 inches per year. They have to chew on things to wear them down. In addition to wood, rats can also gnaw through lead, breeze blocks, copper water pipes, electrical cable and even aluminium sheeting.

Rats are Prolific Breeders

One of the facts about rats that most people are familiar with is that they can breed quickly. A female rat can reproduce every three weeks or so. And when she gives birth, the litter typically contains six to 10 babies. These babies become sexually mature in about 3 months
Their Tails Keep Them Cool. Rats don’t sweat like humans, nor do they pant to relieve the heat like a dog. Rather, rats control their body temperature by expanding and contracting the blood vessels in their tails.


A rat can go longer then a camel without having a drink of water

Rats Can Swim

Believe it or not, rats could give Michael Phelps a run for his money. Certain types of rats can tread water for up to three days and hold their breath for three minutes. Additionally, some species can swim over a mile. And the stories about rats popping up in toilets is no urban myth. They can easily make their way up your water pipes.

So, why control rats?

Brown rats carry many diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine, including: Leptospirosis or Weil’s disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma Gondi and Hantavirus.

Brown rats can inflict a great amount of structural damage. They can cause serious fires by gnawing away at the insulation around electrical cables, floods by puncturing pipes and even death by chewing through gas pipes. The insurance sector have estimated that rodent damage to wiring is responsible for 25% of all electrical fines in buildings.

Brown rats can ruin an organisations reputation. If clients and customers spot evidence of rodent infestation in a premise you manage, they are unlikely to want to do business with you.

Property owners have a legal obligation under “The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949” to keep premises rat and mouse free, or, if Brown rats pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority.

Contact us if you have any concerns regarding any pests. We can offer free advice and free quotes.

Covering, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Cambridge, Mildenhall, Red Lodge Brandon, Lakenheath, Barton Mills, Great Barton, Fornham St Martin, Ely and neighbouring villages