With an average weight between 360 – 470 grams , the ability to climb near sheer surfaces and being able to jump vertically nearly 80cm. Rats are experts at ranging freely into new territories. They will utilise vertical drain pipes gaining access to lofts and wall cavities. Being exceptional swimmers and able to hold their breath for amazing amounts of time rats freely enter buildings through the sewers emerging through lavatory s-bends. The stuff of horror movies ladies and gentlemen.
Characteristics distinguishing rats from other mammals are that they have continually growing incisors (front teeth) throughout their life. They have a Diastema which is a gap where the canine or pre molar teeth would be on other mammals. Norway rats have an immense bite pressure around 7000psi making light work of gnawing through lead, aluminium and wooden doorways. TP Pest Control Services are experts in preventative and reactive proofing and treatments.
Omnivores (eat anything ) rats are historically remembered through their association to the Bubonic Plague. It was the rat flea however that was responsible for the cross contamination to humans. Rats are responsible for Weils Disease, Typhus, Salmonellosis, Plague, E.Coli and Tuberculosis. Carrying ectoparasites such as fleas and ticks immediate treatment is essential to prevent exposure, contamination and damage in the home and workplace.
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Lifecycle – Rats put rabbits to shame with the effectiveness of their breeding. A single pair will quickly develop into a very sizeable infestation – Reacting quickly is key.
Able to reproduce from ages of 12 weeks, female rats mate immediately after a 21 day pregnancy ( post–partum oestrus ). The birth coincides with the 21 day weaning period of the young known as kittens or pups, and with a litter size of 6-11 the maths shows why we need to contain and eradicate any infestation immediately.