Rat invasion alert for Brits as cold snap drives them into homes after warm autumn

RAT invasions can plague Brits’ homes as numbers rise during the cold snap – here’s what to watch out for.

During this festive season, when homeowners head into their lofts or garages to get the Christmas decorations, they should also be on the lookout for rats.

According to the expert, rat activity in commercial buildings has increased by 30 percent

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According to the expert, rat activity in commercial buildings has increased by 30 percentPhoto credit: Getty

Rentokil pest control experts have predicted that rodent activity is usually at its peak in late November through December.

The increase in rat invasions is caused by the animals seeking warmer sheltered spaces such as attics to escape the harsh temperatures of winter.

Paul Blackhurst, Head of Technical Academy at Rentokil Pest Control, told Wales Online: “Rodents are a major public health problem that can cause significant damage to both residential and commercial buildings and the reputation of businesses.

“Following a mild autumn, we expect requests to pick up once temperatures drop as rats will look for a warm place to hibernate.

“While most of us associate rats with sewers and holes in the ground, brown rats are very agile climbers and can be found in attics.”

He added that homeowners should keep an eye out for nests, droppings, gnawing marks and greasy scuff marks on the joists in their attic.

Each rat leaves about 40 poops a night and can often be spotted in the corners or rooms or boxes.

The animals will also shred attic insulation, cardboard, and other soft materials to build their nests.

If any of these signs are noticed, Mr Blackhurst advised Brits to call pest control services immediately.

“Pest specialists can use tools and technology to monitor and safely eliminate every rodent activity to ensure the only footsteps you hear on your roof this Christmas are from Santa and his reindeer,” he added.

According to the expert, rat activity in commercial buildings has increased by 30 percent.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6876970/warning-brits-rat-invasion-cold-them-into-homes/ Rat invasion alert for Brits as cold snap drives them into homes after warm autumn

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