Why Are Rats So Common?

Posted on February 27, 2018 in Pest

Rats are Drawn to Food

rats drawn to food

For many property owners and managers, it’s worrying to hear that rats potentially infest over one million different properties throughout the United Kingdom. We believe the correlation between the increases of rats with the increase in council waste must be a major factor as we all know rats are drawn to food.

For people in Greater London, it seems as though the problem is particularly significant, with many individuals worrying about an infestation around their properties.

Why Are Rats So Common in Greater London?

These days, the environmental sectors of the councils are attempting to take further steps to provide property owners with the information that they need to limit the rat problem. However, infestations remain to be a serious issue for many families and companies – particularly in poorly maintained areas or locations that struggle to get rid of refuse regularly and fly tipping is common.

Rats are drawn to Food

Most people know that rats can be found anywhere that offers a combination of food, water, and shelter – including sewers. These small animals are efficient at burrowing and can do serious damage to your property and furniture if they are allowed to run havoc around your home. In cold areas, such as the UK, it’s not uncommon for rats to try and find sources of shelter, food, and warmth within a local building or property – particularly if they have discovered sources of food nearby.

Local sewers appear to be the most common source of urban rat infestations in London – perhaps indicating a greater need for sewer control. However, experts have issued warnings to people across Greater London, reminding them that it is essential to carefully get rid of excess refuse and food waste as frequently as possible if they want to avoid drawing rats in.

Problems with Refuse Collection

Perhaps the biggest reason why rats are such a significant problem is down to the fact that the area struggles with maintaining proper waste collection systems and the increase in fly-tipping.

Food is often left in easy-to-access rubbish bins which can provide the perfect temptation for surrounding rats. Residents must be careful when it comes to waste managing and recycling throughout the area – complying with waste legislation as much as possible.

Beyond careful waste management, the only way that residents can help to manage the rat problem is to invest in the services of a professional pest control company, who can help to humanely remove the pest from their homes and properties.

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