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Herefordshire Flood Waters Flushing out the Rats?

After another miserable week of heavy rainfall, Herefordshire residents are continuing the clean-up task.


As the flood waters flush out significant numbers of rats, Herefordshire home and business owners are advised to take steps to rats from entering their properties and homes.

As their burrows are destroyed, and water levels have risen, rats will be seeking new places to set up home. The rising water levels mean that rats are flushed out to higher ground and, being strong swimmers, they can travel great distances to find new locations for homes.

Herefordshire residents and business owners are advised to take steps to:

  1. Block up / seal holes

  2. Carry out any repairs to property

  3. Clear up waste foods

  4. Ensure drains are clear from fallen leaves and debris and in good working order

  5. Remove all debris and other harbourage from your premises

Rodent Health Risks

Rodents can pose a serious health risk to humans. Business owners, particularly those operating in the food and hospitality sector are strongly advised to consider a regular pest management program to ensure that they mitigate the risk of rodents spreading infection to customers / the general public.

Rats carry diseases such as Leptospirosis or Weil's disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii and Hantavirus which can be passed onto humans.

The HSS report around 40 cases of Weil’s disease every year. Two types of rat tapeworm spread to humans though eggs found in rat faeces.

If you suspect you have a problem with rats, don’t panic.

Call PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford on 01981 241334 or 07964 370480 today for advice and solutions or drop us an email to:

Don’t let a rodent problem get worse – rats breed rapidly, becoming sexually mature in around 3 months. Females may produce 3 to 12 litters of between 6 and 8 young in a year so what may start as a small problem can quickly escalate – call in the professionals today to sort out a rodent infestation.



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