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The Black Rat Is Rarer Than You Think
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Control of Black Rats in BristolBristol docks, as well as other ports and port towns like London, are among the very few places in the country where the black rat is likely to be found. The reason Black rats are so few and far between is believed to be a result of the Brown Rat.
Brown rats are larger than black rats, so quickly gained ground over them to become the dominant rat species, not just in Bristol but most of the world.
Black rats are believed to have arrived on our shores from Asia a few thousand years ago and quickly spread through Europe, helped by the maturing land and sea trade routes.
The rapid spread of black rats explains, in part, how the Black Death or Bubonic Plague, spread through Europe killing millions of people. That said, it wasn't the rat that was the problem - it was the rat's fleas (ectoparasites) that carried the disease bacteria Yersinia pestis.
Question - What Are The Key Features Of A Black Rat (Rattus rattus)?
Alternative Names: Roof rat, tree rat, ship rat, house rat
Diseases Carried Include: Bubonic plague (Yersinia pestis - via the rat flea), Typhus and Weil's disease (Leptospirosis) are among the best known.
Life Span: 18 Months
Length (body only): 15 - 20 cm (body only) - up to 45cm including tail
Colour: black, grey
Age: 15 to 18 months
Sexual Maturity: 8 - 12 weeks
Gestation Period: 3 - 4 weeks
Number of litters: 3 - 5 per year
Number of young: 6 - 8 per litter
Diet: They are Omnivores, feeding on almost anything.
Daily Food: 15g
Daily water intake: 15ml
Variations in these figures will be likely because nature has a habit of surprising us. Metrics, like size and colour, will always be subject to local variations, based on factors that include food availability, climate and environment.
Q: What other Ways Can You Help Me?
The Bristol Rat Company has qualified electricians who can inspect and test your entire electrical system for faults and damage caused by rodent activity.
We can also update older style electrical systems, reducing fire risks and the dangers of electrical accidents caused by electrocution from wires stripped bare by rats, squirrels and mice.
Damaged pipes like those leading into underfloor heating systems are a significant hazard to both your properties structural integrity and of course electrical injury.
We have qualified plumbers from that will quickly inspect and if required, replace or repair damaged pipes and equipment.
Drain Repairs and Digital Camera Inspections
Very often the rodent problems we see are a result of rats getting into the property through damaged, faulty or poorly designed sewer systems.
We also have the facilities and expertise to carry out a full inspection of the sewer system and drainage of the property. We can identify and remediate any problems found, quickly.
Insulation is one of the most significant areas of contamination risk, particularly when the worst affected insulation gets deliberately concealed beneath freshly installed insulation.
Rodents nest and live between layers, depositing vast quantities of droppings, urine and nesting material infested with insect pests.
We can undertake a highly effective decontamination processes replacing insulation and thoroughly disinfecting the surrounding area with a sophisticated product that kills, viruses, bacteria and many other types of microorganism.
We also use the of WaspKill UK Pest Control, who are experts in insect control to handle the fumigation of properties affected by flea, bedbug and lice infestations.
We have healthcare trained operatives, formally qualified in infection control to decontaminate an infested or contaminated environment.
You can rest assured that we understand infection control and how to achieve an intensive clean more than many other organisations.
Simon Berenyi is head of infection control operations, and with fifteen years experience in clinical healthcare services helps us stand apart from other providers as industry leaders.
Proofing is where we put in place effective barriers preventing rodents from accessing a property or sensitive areas. We have experience in sealing cavity walls, cellars, attics, storerooms, kitchens and the list goes on.
If you have rodents and don't want them getting in - then we have the expertise to help.