Always Remember to Check for Signs of Rats in a New Property
Some people, when confronted with evidence that their home has a rat control problem, refuse to believe that they could be harbouring rodents - but this is the worst thing to do! If you see any evidence of rats inside or outside your property, you should always take precautions to remove them as quickly as possible. There are a range of removal options available, depending on your preferences.
Depending on the extent of the problem, you may find that all you need to do is set out some poison which will kill the rats when ingested. This remedy will only work if there is no other food source available to the rats - so ensure that all cupboards close properly, no crumbs or leftovers are left out and the rubbish bin is secure, and cannot be gnawed through.
Another option, if you're moving into a building which is badly infested with rats is to bring in a rat control company who will take care of removing all of the pests for you. A pest control company will assess the needs of your site and take appropriate action; this may involve large amounts of poison, or even fumigation. If you do bring in a pest control company, be aware that you may not be able to stay at home whilst they're working.
Rats can be quite harmful when distressed or cornered - mother rats with a litter can be particularly fierce. Rats have a strong jaw and sharp teeth, so always leave them well alone if you come across one. Rats in the UK are usually brown or grey, not black - however, if you see a rat with unusual markings or colours, it may be an escaped pet - so check in the houses close to you before laying any poison down.
Brown rats (the most common rat in the UK) can pass ringworm on to humans if left within the home, and some also carry Leptospirosis, or Weil's disease, which can actually be fatal, especially to children. Due to this, it's important to check for signs of rats when you move into any new property, and to take relevant precautions if you do believe that there may be rats in the vicinity.