Nobody wants to spot a rat before their dinner, so recognizing that there will be a constant risk of a rat infestation is the first step. Knowing what to do to prevent it is the second. Rats are a public health problem and a nuisance pest but they are always with us. In this post we will be examining how restaurants in southampton can minimise their rat risk.
Rats come in two flavours – the most common rat is the Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) about 23cm long without the tail and a weight of about half a kilo. The much rarer Black Rat (Rattus Rattus) can be found in shipping ports but is unlikely to be spotted anywhere else. It is much shorter and lighter with a very long tail.
Rats can cause problems in two ways. They are a public health problem because of diseases that are spread in their urine such as Leptospirosis, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii and Hantavirus. The other problem is their impact on buildings as their constant gnawing behaviour can cause structural damage. They can wreck woodwork, water pipes, gas pipes, brick work and electrical cables. According to the BPCA (British Pest Control Association) the insurance sector estimates that rodent damage to wiring causes 25% of all electrical fires in buildings.
“Rats can enter a building through a gap as small as 15mm”
If you own a property, the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act of 1949 requires owners to keep premises rodent free. If you know that you have a rat problem then contact a professional pest control company like Shawyers.
Rats have a role to play in our ecosystem and will happily adapt to new habitats away from your business – you don’t want them.
Contact our trained professional pest controller – Chris with any questions.