Pest Control Services

Call 0845 468 2412


Pest Control Services

Call 0845 468 2412



The brown rat, common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, brown Norway rat, Norwegian rat, or wharf rat (Rattus norvegicus) is one of the best known and most common rats.


It is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas.


The brown rat can breed throughout the year if conditions are suitable, with a female producing up to five litters a year. The gestation period is only 21 days, and litters can number up to 14, although seven is common. They reach sexual maturity in about five weeks. The maximum life span is up to three years


The evidence of a rat infestation are normally quite clear with large droppings and regular runs as well as gnawing of any substance around them.


Like other rodents, brown rats may carry a number of pathogens, which can result in disease, including Weil's disease, rat bite fever, cryptosporidiosis, viral hemorrhagic fever, Q fever, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and Coxiella burnetii.


The control of rats is usually undertaken with an integrated pest management strategy, this can be very specific to your location and circumstances, we are able to assist with this and offer a free of charge* survey.


The Black Rat is much less common and only found in certain areas, if you feel that this is an issue to you please call us.



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