120 MILLION rats will invade British homes as temperatures drop this winter, pest control company warns
- Brown rats, that outnumber humans nearly two to one, will be seeking nests
- Rats will chew through almost anything to make a hole to enter your home
- There are a variety of methods to keep rats away, including shutting outdoor bins
Increasingly chilly temperatures are set to bring hoards of freezing and hungry rats swarming into homes across Britain.
And the population of these disease-ridden rodents outnumber humans nearly two to one as a massive 120 million brown rats will be seeking nests.
Rats, that can produce up to a dozen babies six times every year, will chew through almost anything to make a hole large enough to enter your home.
Increasingly chilly temperatures are set to bring hoards of freezing and hungry brown rats swarming into homes. The population of these disease-ridden rodents outnumber humans nearly two to one
Managing Director of Cleankill Pest Control Paul Bates told The Sun: ‘Recent heavy rain has forced many rats above ground.’
He added: ‘As it gets colder, however, as it is now, rats will move closer to food supplies indoors and for somewhere warm to nest – that means people’s homes.’
There are a variety of methods to keep rats away.
Top tips include storing food away in containers that have secure lids; keeping outdoor bins fully covered with lids that shut and clearing gardens of anything that they could hide in.
Areas that rats may target include garages (as they could be easier to access than houses), attics and cellars.
There are a variety of methods to keep rats away from homes. Top tips include keeping outdoor bins fully covered with lids that shut
How a cat flap-like ‘drain guard’ can stop rodents climbing up sewage pipes into your toilet
Dozens of people in Poole, Dorset were left horrified after rats managed to climb down their drain pipes into their toilet bowls.
But pest control specialist Paul Storey says he uses a ‘drain guard’ in the fight against rats, which he claims can easily solve the problem.
The guard is inserted into a sewage pipe and works like a cat flap, allowing waste out while blocking anything coming the other way.
Pest control specialist Paul Storey uses a ‘drain guard’, which he claims can easily solve the problem of rats washing up in toilet bowls
Mr Storey said: ‘Rats will get in to properties for a variety of reasons – from searching for food and shelter to general inquisitiveness.
‘Home owners often feel ashamed or embarrassed but there is really no need to.
‘It’s generally not a reflection on them, it’s a reflection on the abundance and tenacity of rats.
‘Luckily there is a simple solution to the problem, by inserting a drain guard in the sewer pipe.
‘They work like cat flaps and let the waste out while preventing anything coming back up.
‘It is a simple and cost effective solution that will give people peace of mind.’