Rats rats

Rat Season:

Autumn / Winter

Identifying Rats

Black Rat There are two types of rat to identify, the Brown Rat and the Black Rat or Ship Rat.

Brown Rat

At 23cm in length (without counting the tail), the Brown Rat weighs over half a kilo and is the more common species. Its tail is slightly shorter than its body and has a blunt muzzle and small hair-covered ears. The brown rat mainly lives at ground level but will burrow into earth banks and refuse tips to nest. In the countryside Brown Rats live in fields and hedges, whereas urban rats tend to populate the local sewers.

Black Rat

At half the weight of a Brown Rat, the Black Rat is slightly shorter with a long thin tail that is longer than its body which is more slender and has a pointed muzzle. Its ears are large and almost hairless. The Black Rat is a more agile climber and therefore is usually found in places above ground level.

Unlike the Brown Rat who runs flat-footed, the Black Rat tends to run on its toes. It also has different shaped droppings to the Brown Rat.

Like mice, rats carry many different diseases and reproduce at an alarming rate, gnawing their way through woodwork and pipes in order to maintain their rapidly growing incisor teeth at a short length. Damage can be seen to woodwork, plastic pipes and dangerously electrical cables. An average rat will eat 50g of food per day which is mainly consumed at night.

Rat Treatment

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Location and Areas Covered:

Based in Billingham in County Durham we cover a 20 mile radius including the following towns: