Pest Control in Bristol
The most common pests found in the Bristol area are Brown Rats, although as with all urban areas there are a variety of others. Controlling rats has become increasingly difficult with them developing resistance to many of the rodenticides in use. ‘Super Rats’ as they are commonly called, can often tolerate many of the popular chemical solutions available, so finding an experienced pest controller is essential.
About Bristol – a brief history
Bristol is a city in South West England with a population of around half a million. The town centre has a wide variety of shopping, eating and entertainment venues, all located within walking distance of the rivers Frome and Avon. The city has two universities, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. The city was associated with the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London Paddington, and the Bristol-built oceangoing steamship SS Great Britain which is now housed in the Bristol docks. The city-centre docks are now centres of heritage and culture.
The Port of Bristol has moved from Bristol Harbour to Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks. The weather, as with all of England and the UK is temperate and changeable.
Pest Activity in Bristol
Historically, pests would have been introduced to the city from stowaways brought in on ships. With modern screening and prevention methods, this is now minimal.
Rodents in Bristol
Rodent activity is common in the port and quay areas, attracted by the availability of food and cover. As with any dock area one of the most common rodent species are the Brown Rat.
Brown Rats, Rattus norvegicus
Despite only being able to gain access through gaps of 2.5 cm and also via broken sewerage pipes, rats are feared and renowned for carrying diseases. They can carry Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis) and in some countries (not Bristol, fortunately), the Bubonic Plague.
They are extremely destructive, using their incredibly strong incisor teeth to gnaw through many items including tin, wood and even concrete!
- Rats live in small colonies consisting of a small number of males and a larger number of females.
- Will travel moderate distances when resources are in short supply, they will live in smaller areas when food is abundant.
- Show a behaviour known as ‘Neophobia’, which is a fear of new objects.
- Their droppings are cylindrical, blunt ended and around 12 mm long and can produce 40 per day
- Fresh droppings will look soft and wet but will harden after a couple of weeks or even hours if in a hot environment such as a bakery.
- Droppings are often concentrated in certain areas (their “toilet areas”)
- A rat produces around 5.5 litres of urine a year
- Gnawed materials. Rats’ front teeth grow 11 to 14 centimetres each year. Rats wear them down by continuously gnawing on everything around them, including cement, brick, wood, lead pipes.
Rat and pest control in Bristol
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