Did you know that there are more than 60 species of rats around the world and in the UK, there is only two?
The most common of the two is the Rattus Norvegicus or as we more commonly know them as; the Brown rat.
The other is the Rattus Rattus (I promise we do not make these up) which is commonly know as the Black Rat or Ship Rat, which are rarely found on our shores now.
Home for the Brown rat is anywhere that provides them with a source of food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be our homes. This is usually in roof spaces, wall cavities or under floorboards.
In our gardens they like to burrow into grassy banks or under sheds. A hole beside a solid structure is a sure sign of a rat nest.
In gardens, they will burrow into grassy banks or under sheds. Rat holes beside solid structures are sure signs of a nest.
They can often also be found living in sewer systems or near rivers.
Black rats are a rare sight in the U.K now, but can occasionally be found in shipping ports. They are also far more agile than their brown rat cousin and may be found nesting in roof spaces or attics often near ports.