Are millions of rats about to invade UK homes?

As the rodents are forced above ground due to recent rainfall, here is what you should do to keep them out of your house

In the pantheon of famous rats, there is Pizza Rat, Master Splinter from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and of course, Remy from Ratatouille. But there are the other rats, the ones that live a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs beneath floorboards or kitchen skirtings. You notice them only when you awaken on the sofa, household quiet, to hear the tell-tale clatter of tiny feet, or when you stumble to the sink in the middle of the night for a glass of water, and notice a shadow creeping across the floor.

If you live in an urban area, rats are par for the course. But are they as ubiquitous as the pest-control experts would have you believe? Speaking to the Sun, Paul Bates of Cleankill Pest Control warned of a looming rat blitzkrieg heading for British homes. “Recent heavy rain has forced many rats above ground,” Bates said. And as the weather is getting colder, the rats are moving in. “Rats will move closer to food supplies indoors and [look] for somewhere warm to nest – that means people’s homes.” Most ominously of all, Bates warned that there is nowhere to hide from that forthcoming invasion of Britain’s estimated 120m brown rats. “No house is completely rodent-proof.”

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Source: The Guardian
Are millions of rats about to invade UK homes?