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Scurrying in the shadows, lurking in sewers or hiding in burrows, you can be sure that in any where there are people, there are almost certainly rats.
Known for their fierce survival instincts, brown rats prefer to build their burrows in urban sewers and the dwellings of humans, eating one-fifth of foodstuffs planted every year, but contaminating far more. In major cities like London and Birmingham, some experts say they are as many rats as there are people, while more conservative estimates put the ratio closer to one rat for every four humans. To fully understand how the rise of the rats has happened, you must understand the staggering rate at which rats can reproduce.
Swipe the images below to see how quickly two rats can breed in an ideal environment
Rat call-outs: 2015 vs 2016
Rentokil saw an increase in rat-related enquiries from 2015 to 2016. In both years, there was a spike of rat call-outs around May.
Which businesses are most likely to be affected by rats?
Based on over 100 enquiries made to Rentokil.