Rats are the most reviled mammal species on earth, because of the problems they have caused mankind throughout recorded history....
Rats can carry a range of serious diseases transmittable to people, such as Weil's Disease, salmonella food poisoning and toxoplasmosis. They can infest and ruin foodstuffs and cause serious structural damage to buildings, pipework and wiring systems - even causing fires - by their constant gnawing.
The best-known rat species are the Black Rat (Rattus rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus), which are the two main rat species considered as pests in the UK.
Bait Station Placement
Where a bait station, or more likely a group of stations, is located has a lot to do with a successful rodent control effort. As a pest management professional, you need to know where the rats or mice are nesting, travelling and feeding. Bait statio... [more]
IPM In Fast Food Restaurants
We can be proud that our pest control industry has been rightly called a "guardian of public health" – and we can be proud of that role as it applies to the fast food restaurant industry. The presence of flies, rodents and / or cockroaches in fast ... [more]
The Art Of Detection
Inspection and monitoring are described as the first steps in any integrated approach to pest management. Today, the pest management professional may spend as much or more time searching for, observing and collecting data on activity than in the actu... [more]
The Scourge Of Our Streets
Some Hindus worship them, Michael Jackson serenaded one of them, James Cagney thought them "dirty" and one saved TV AM in the 80s - rats are very much part of our culture. And there's one thing that's indisputable - their population is increasing. T... [more]
Plague Of Rats
Rat-catchers and companies selling poison and traps are reporting a boom in business, with urban housing estates among the worst affected areas. Long-term growth in rodent populations is also blamed on a decline in "sewer-baiting", the practice of la... [more]