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The importance of pest control is paramount in modern day life, many pests spread disease and cross contamination is common place when left to infest.
As local councils are aware, Rat control has become a major issue throughout the UK. Efforts by councils to stem the tide of an ever increasing Rat population have proved futile and funding for vermin control is at an all time low.According to the National Rodent Survey there has been a 24% increase in the vermin population and as Professor John Ashton , the Northwest's Director ofPublic Health warned ' Rats are a very serious risk to public health - we must keep on top of an ever increasing vermin problem '
Danger signs of a rat problem
Rat droppings are on average 12mm (1/2 inch) long, and are typically described as ‘spindle shaped; that is, tapering to a point at one or both ends.
Indoor Smears – grease marks from the rodent's body as they repeatedly brush up against objects.
Nesting material — shredded insulation, paper, cardboard, plastics, etc.
Sounds of scratching & gnawing - the sound of scratching and gnawing especially in lofts and ceiling spaces.
Threats from rats and rodents
Legal — failure to comply with legislation, including Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and Food Safety Act (1990).
Damage — to goods, foodstuffs and your health and hygiene reputation. Any Pest Control issues will have a negative effect on your restaurant food hygiene rating.
Environmental Heath Cost — can be considerable. Temporary business closure may be necessary.
Bad press and media coverage
Fire risk and structural damage leading to expensive repairs bills.
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Rat infestation in a building poses a risk as they are capable of gnawing through pipes and electrical wires, and can also damage the actual building and drainage systems.
Rats, like mice, need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They damage woodwork, plastic and lead pipes and will sometimes strip insulation from electrical cables by their gnawing.
Rats will hoard food for future consumption and numerous cases of "theft" have been found to be the work of rats. They feed mostly at night and an average rat will eat 50g of food a day.
They are also capable of spreading many diseases from their filthy surroundings in sewers or refuse tips and can transmit food poisoning, Weil's disease (from which about ten people and a number of dogs die each year in the UK), murine typhus, rat bite fever, trichinosis and other diseases. They are probable carriers of foot and mouth disease on farms. They contaminate more food than they consume and their urine can pollute stagnant water.
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